As you can tell from my O’Reilly appearance tonight, I am not in a good mood.
I am not in the mood to hear about how CNN is justified in broadcasting “great footage” of American soldiers getting picked off by Iraqi snipers because it’s “great footage.”
I am not in the mood to hear about how dealing with terrorists and serving as terrorist public relations officers is the only way for the American media to get “access” to the region and to awaken the American public to the horrors of war.
I am not in the mood to hear about how it’s only natural for “international media outlets” like CNN to put their allegiances to global citizenry and the almighty dollar over journalistic ethics.
I’m with Rep. Duncan Hunter, whose video clip challenging CNN earlier today is must-see.
Now I want to turn my anger into something productive. I am asking you to combat CNN’s glorification of Iraqi jihadist snipers by supporting American snipers. Seems like the only time American snipers earn CNN and other international media organization’s attention is when they make mistakes and can be tarred as reckless killers.
I choose sides. The side of the American sniper. We know which side CNN is on. How about you?
On a related note: British defence ministry bans news broadcaster from embedded reporting
The British defence ministry has temporarily banned television news broadcaster ITV from embedding their journalists with British troops, a defence ministry spokesman told AFP.
His comments were in response to a report in The Times newspaper saying that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) had halted cooperation in war zones with ITV, Britain’s biggest commercial news broadcaster, after accusing it of inaccurate and intrusive reports about wounded soldiers.
Declaring The Times report to be inaccurate, the spokesman said that the MoD was “disappointed by inaccuracies in the ITN (which provides ITV News) report last week, and we are writing to them to seek explanation.”
But he acknowledged that ITV had been banned from embedding their journalists with British troop divisions, though he stressed that the ban was temporary, noting that it could be reversed within a few hours, if ITV and the MoD reached an agreement. He said that the ban had been in force since last week.
On another related note, here’s news you won’t see on CNN, via the Multi-National Force in Iraq:
U.S. Marines capture sniper rifles, kill 6, wound 4 insurgents
Multi-National Corps – West
CAMP AL ASAD, Iraq – The Coalition Forces killed six insurgents, wounded four and netted five sniper rifles Sunday in the Euphrates River city of Hit, Iraq.
The Coalition Force positively identified 10 males conducting insurgent activity in a parking lot prior to engaging them with a heavy volume of fire.
The insurgents were gathered around a car while distributing black masks, AK-47 assault rifles and rocket propelled grenade launchers to one another.
After the engagement the Coalition Force personnel searched three insurgent vehicles in the parking lot and captured the following equipment:
(5) sniper rifles
(3) sniper rifle magazines
(11) AK-47 assault rifles
(19) AK-47 assault rifle magazines
(3) rocket propelled grenades with launchers
(1) RPK machine gun
(2) PKC machine gun
(1) video camera
(1) bullet-proof vest with protective plates
(2) hand grenades
(7) load bearing vests
(8) black masks
During the engagement, some of the insurgent weapons were destroyed, and found burning inside the vehicles.
“Today was significant for Coalition Forces because it reduced the sniper threat in Hit by a considerable margin,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Graves, commanding officer for the Friedburg, Germany-based 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment.
“We will take advantage of this opportunity by continuing our efforts to develop Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police forces within Hit,” said Graves.
1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment is the Coalition Forces unit responsible for training Iraqi Security Forces and providing security to the city of Hit.
Coalition Forces evacuated the four wounded insurgents to a nearby U.S. military medical facility for treatment. Their condition is unknown at this time.
Hit is a city of about 60,000 located 35 miles northwest of Ramadi in Iraq’s Al Anbar Province.