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Questioning the Woodruff Coverage

The day after Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt were hit in a large scale and expertly coordinated ambush, I watched a national morning newswoman shed tears for them.   The main story was that Woodruff was chosen to replace late ABC anchorman Peter Jennings, and it was tragic that he was injured just before he was to take the mantle.  I felt bad for Woodruff and Vogt and the Iraqi soldiers that they were with when the ambush occurred.  I thought about their families, too.

However, I also got very angry at the newswoman.  Very angry.  A million emotions and thoughts rushed through me - sorrow for the families of Woodruff and Vogt, frustration that this was a big news story, that the news people valued their own over the men and women fighting for their freedom...and don't get me started on the difference between Woodruff's pay and Corporal Snuffy's *cough* salary.   Of course, I felt angry that she never shed tears on national television for my friends.

My wife, feeling my look, turned the channel.

LongTabSigO sends this story from UPI -

Security & Terrorism
Some US troops question Woodruff coverage

By PAMELA HESS
UPI Pentagon Correspondent

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The American media stood up and took notice when an improvised explosive device grievously injured an ABC News crew Sunday.

In Iraq, and throughout the military, there is sympathy and concern for anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt, but there is also this question:

"Why do you think this is such a huge story?" wrote an officer stationed in Baqubah, Iraq, Monday via e-mail. "It's a bit stunning to us over here how absolutely dominant the story is on every network and front page. I mean, you'd think we lost the entire 1st Marine Division or something.

"There's a lot of grumbling from guys at all ranks about it. That's a really impolite and impolitic thing to say ... but it's what you would hear over here."
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"The point that is currently being made (is that) that press folks are more important than mere military folks," a senior military officer told UPI Tuesday.
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Military personnel often express frustration that the media harps on military casualty reports at the expense of what they consider their successes in Iraq.

However, as it promoted its story on Woodruff and Vogt Monday evening, the local ABC News affiliate in Washington showed a montage of exploding vehicles in Iraq -- footage culled largely from insurgents, who videotape the attacks and post them on Web sites to advertise or magnify their successes.

The families of the 76 troops killed and 533 wounded in action in Iraq from the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland might say the war had already come home.

"It's just a bit frustrating to see something so dramatized that happens every day to some 20-year-old American -- or worse to 10, 30-year-old Iraqi soldiers or cops alongside us. Some of the stories don't even mention the Iraqi casualties in this attack, as if they're meaningless," wrote the officer in Baqubah...

Read the whole piece here.  Pamela Hess does compare the volunteerism of Bob Woodruff with that of our troops and other issues that I might vehemently disagree with, but, all in all, it's a balanced report.

Pray for the recovery of Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt.  I'm sure that they won't ever forget who saved their lives.

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