Friday, September 04, 2009


AP Backlash - AP Publishes Picture of Dying Soldier - Fight Back

Via Politico:
"Defense Secretary Robert Gates is objecting “in the strongest terms” to an Associated Press decision to transmit a photograph showing a mortally wounded 21-year-old Marine in his final moments of life, calling the decision “appalling” and a breach of “common decency.” 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father had asked – in an interview and in a follow-up phone call — that the image, taken by an embedded photographer, not be published. The 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.” The photo shows Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard of New Portland, Maine, who was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in a Taliban ambush Aug. 14 in Helmand province of southern Afghanistan, according to The AP. Gates wrote to Thomas Curley, AP’s president and chief executive officer. “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.” The four-paragraph letter concluded, “Sincerely,” then had Gates’ signature."
As you know the AP has always had a bone against the war, either printing fake photos, faked stories, and now just disrespect for the family of a fallen soldier. Enough is enough. The AP is supported by news organizations who in turn are supported by sponsors. I'm calling for military organizations throughout the United States to encourage their members to boycott the sponsors of their local media which use the sources of the AP.
Some of AP's Sponsors: Verizon Proctor and Gamble Sears Additionally Contact the Associated Press: Email: Headquarters 450 W. 33rd St. New York, NY 10001 Main Number +1-212-621-1500 And let them know that you will not support those who support them and demand they take down the photo.

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