Knew this would happen eventually, somehow I hoped not...
Back in February, a little over a month in office, Obama lifted the restrictions on the press using dead soldier's pictures; I was pissed. Then, as now, I apologize for any bad language that may escape me.
And the predictable Huffington Post, ever as vile as its Troll-doll namesake, Arianna, decided to unleash Greg Mitchell;
Going back to 2002, I have been writing about the shameful reluctance, even refusal, of U.S. media outlets to carry graphic images of the true cost of our wars, to Americans, in Iraq and Afghanistan -- dead or even, in many cases, gravely wounded U.S. soldiers and Marines.
Earlier today, the Associated Press -- bucking the wishes of the Pentagon and the victim's family -- decided to go ahead and transmit such a photo.
The "man" then goes on to call the dying Marine's picture splashed around for all the other trolls to use in their feeding frenzy "tasteful". I've seen the picture, it is not.
To his credit, SecDef Gates, as noted in the links, said;
“Out of respect for his family’s wishes, I ask you in the strongest of terms to reconsider your decision. I do not make this request lightly. In one of my first public statements as Secretary of Defense, I stated that the media should not be treated as the enemy, and made it a point to thank journalists for revealing problems that need to be fixed – as was the case with Walter Reed.
“I cannot imagine the pain and suffering Lance Corporal Bernard’s death has caused his family. Why your organization would purposefully defy the family’s wishes knowing full well that it will lead to yet more anguish is beyond me. Your lack of compassion and common sense in choosing to put this image of their maimed and stricken child on the front page of multiple American newspapers is appalling. The issue here is not law, policy or constitutional right – but judgment and common decency.”
Gates is a replaceable gear in the machine, and as such his remarks will no doubt be discarded by the AP hacks and HuffPo bridge-trolls. Besides that, George Bush(tm), therefore "I inherited".
I'm calling on my Commander in Chief to formally call the AP as well as Huffpo on the carpet, publicly and loudly, if he ever hopes to earn the respect of those he's supposed to command.
Of course, at the root of all this is the Disassociated Associated Press and their decision not to abide by standing poilcy not to allow pictures of dead and dying serviceman and women to be published if the family requests that specifically, as was the case here.
Again via Blackfive;
The AP reported that the Marine’s father had asked – in an interview and in a follow-up phone call — that the image, taken by an embedded photographer, not be published.
AP reported in a story that it decided to make the image public anyway because it “conveys the grimness of war and the sacrifice of young men and women fighting it.”
How much more plain did it have to be? Exactly what more needed to be said to convey the message that the photo was definitely not to be published?
I'm calling (a voice in the wilderness?) on the Pentagon to reject any and all embed requests from the AP for some meaningful specified period of time. This can not be allowed to stand. There are and should be consequences for violating standing orders that all service members know well.
As Michelle stated; "But ambitious, agenda-driven members of the MSM don’t let rules or wishes get in the way of a good story"
This time it should cost them, and cost them plenty.