This post is Rated R for language. I decided that this is one of the few cases since 2003 where it is entirely appropriate.
CNN has a video of snipers shooting at and killing American forces. Here is how they frame it:
Almost 2,800 Americans have been killed so far in Iraq and one of the most dangerous insurgent opponents is the sniper. CNN has obtained graphic video from the Islamic Army of Iraq, one of the most active insurgent organizations in Iraq, showing its sniper teams targeting U.S. troops. The Islamist Army says it wants talks with the United States and some Islamist Internet postings call for a P.R. campaign aimed at influencing the American public. The video is disturbing to watch but CNN believes the story, shocking as it is, needs to be told.
Yeah, I'm sure CNN agonized over the decision to post the video of terrorists killing American troops.
Bottom-line: CNN knowingly plays into the hands of the enemy.
How do the troops feel? My In-Box is flooded with angry emails. Here's an email that I received from a Staff Sergeant (OIF III) that pretty much sums up my feelings about this situation:
Came across a video clip that is absolutely appalling. It is on Communist News Network (CNN). They claim that they received it from a insurgency outfit in Iraq. It shows insurgent snipers taking aim on U.S. soldiers in Iraq. This is the crap that the insurgents want us to see. I don't think that some parents/loved ones need to see this or the American populace. This is BULLSHIT!!!!! Another fine reason NOT to trust the MSM of today. Maybe we need to send them over without the PRESS on the IBA or the special blue helmets that these cocksuckers wear over there. You are doing a great job. Keep up the good fight.
I sent an email to CNN asking how the decision to show the video was made and whether or not they considered the war effort, the feelings of the families back home and the troops fighting this war.
Perhaps, Eason Jordan is back at CNN? Peter Arnette freelancing? WTF?!!!
You can leave a comment at CNN about this video.
Note: The CNN story after the sniper killing American troops is one about US soldiers accused of rape and murder.
Update: Uncle Jimbo responds appropriately.
Update: Anderson Cooper responds...
...Instantly, the piece received many strongly-worded responses from viewers.
Many viewers thought it inappropriate for us to air video of Americans being shot: "If I had a son or daughter over there serving, I would be outraged by what I feel is your aiding and comforting the enemy."
Some worried about kids who might have watched the program. (We clearly warned viewers the video was not appropriate for children before we aired it.)
Others praised us for showing the threats U.S. military personnel actually face: "Thanks for having the guts to show the sniper update and to show us the other side of the story. Please continue to give us the truth; I know the network is bound to be taking heat."
And still others thought by dipping to black and not showing the moment of impact of the sniper rounds we were sanitizing the horror of war: " ... I think the reason it took Americans so long to come around on this war is because they somehow did not think it was real because they never saw anyone hurt ... you guys need to show the unvarnished truth."
Whether or not you agree with us in this case, our goal, as always, is to present the unvarnished truth as best we can.
Confederate Yankee actually points out the unvarnished truth. I hope that Anderson Cooper reads that post.