Get your kit ready.
First off, let's set the record straight. There are some really wonderful journalists out there. There are some really great news organizations in the MSM. Quite frankly, I wouldn't be able to post about Someone You Should Know without them. But the President of the Newspaper Guild, Linda Foley, has made some comments that need to be addressed.
Let's start with this piece from Editor & Publisher (covering the "jouralism industry"):
...According to a video of the session available on the conference's Web site, her only comments on this specific subject were:
"Journalists are not just being targeted verbally or politically. They are also being targeted for real in places like Iraq. And what outrages me as a representative of journalists is that there's not more outrage about the number and the brutality, and the cavalier nature of the U.S. military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq. I think it's just a scandal."
"It's not just U.S. journalists either, by the way. They target and kill journalists from other countries, particularly Arab countries, at news services like Al Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios, with impunity. This is all part of the culture that it is OK to blame the individual journalists, and it just takes the heat off of these media conglomerates that are part of the problem."...
She then goes on to claim that saying the "U.S. military" is deliberately targeting journalists is NOT the same thing as saying the "troops" are targeting journalists.
..."I was careful of not saying troops, I said U.S. military. Could I have said it differently? There are 100 different ways of saying this, but I'm not sure they would have appeased the right."...
Do you have to be on the right to think Linda Foley is full of @#$%? No, of course not. Someone explain to me, por favor, the difference between "troops" and the "U.S. military"...Was she talking about Taliban "troops"? And since when is the military, the plaything of the Republicans? Don't make me look at how many Democrats have taken us to war...
Is the EasonGate team going to take this on? You'll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, Rodger Morrow takes a look at the Editor & Publisher article and blasts Linda Foley's baseless accusations.
I've been watching to see the reaction of the MSM. There's been some reporting of this in the more right-leaning media outlets, but nothing from the biggies, yet. There will also be a MSM defense in depth around Linda Foley. Just watch.
Her statements definitely echo the sentiment of Eason Jordan. A lot of you asked about how I felt about Eason Jordan resigning. It wasn't victory. It wasn't satisfying. We didn't gloat (well, maybe a little - he is a deluxe asshat).
It was more disheartening than anything else...to know that there are very powerful people in the MSM who don't care who they run over with their political agendas. They are almost Wahhabi-like in their fanaticism about taking down the President via the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. And they don't care if they tarnish the successes of millions of Americans serving to protect their right to do so.
I am sure that a lot of you will join me when the time comes to expose this nonsense and protect the great work and reputations of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines. We'll see how the MSM handles this, but don't hold your breath waiting for a defense of our military. Get your kit ready...