Thursday, March 5, 2009

Is THIS what we want at Dover?

Claire over at Knee High in the Hooah! has a column up that serves as a reminder of what we do NOT want at Dover:

Never forget the disrespect that media has shown our fallen soldiers in the past

Mar 3rd, 2009 | By Claire | Category: 1-Featured Article

As the debate goes on about the lift of the ban on media at Dover we need to remember this story from a year ago.

Excerpt from Sweetness and Light. The bolded parts of the story are from S&L, but the underlined parts are my emphasis.

Images of dying Texas soldier ignite debate

Jan. 31, 2007, 12:23AM



WASHINGTON — A photograph and videotape of a Texas soldier dying in Iraq published by the New York Times have triggered anger from his relatives and Army colleagues and revived a long-standing debate about which images of war are proper to show.

The journalists involved, Times reporter Damien Cave and Getty Images photographer Robert Nickelsberg, working for the Times, had their status as so-called embedded journalists suspended Tuesday by the Army corps in Baghdad, military officials said, because they violated a signed agreement not to publish photos or video of any wounded soldiers without official consent.

New York Times foreign editor Susan Chira said Tuesday night that the newspaper initially did not contact the family of Army Staff Sgt. Hector Leija about the images because of a specific request from the Army to avoid such a direct contact.

The Times is extremely sensitive to the loss suffered by families when loved ones are killed in Iraq,” Chira said. “We have tried to write about the inevitable loss with extreme compassion.”...

"Sensitive" and "compassion." Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiight.. Go read the rest over here.

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