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    Thousands of articles and pictures of Iraqi's stacked naked, but only silence on this. It's bad enough that foreigners and muslims seize every opportunity to pillory our country and our troops and our president. But when our own politicians line up to join in the feeding frenzy, that is beyond simply unpatriotic. It is flat-out criminal. Bet we won't hear anything from kennedy, kerry, sharpton, kucinich, edwards, dean, billory, byrd et al about this article. Unless, of course, they think that there is some way they can milk this for their own gain.
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    SOMETHING THAT DIDN'T MAKE THE NEWS

    Maybe you'd like to hear about something other than idiot Reservists and naked Iraqis.

    Maybe you'd like to hear about a real American, somebody who honored the uniform he wears.

    Meet Brian Chontosh.

    Churchville-Chili Central School class of 1991. Proud graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Husband and about-to-be father. First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. And a genuine hero.

    The Secretary of the Navy said so yesterday. At 29 Palms in California Brian Chontosh was presented with the Navy Cross, the second highest award for combat bravery the United States can bestow.

    That's a big deal.

    But you won't see it on the network news tonight, and all you read in Brian's hometown newspaper are two paragraphs of nothing. Instead, it was more blather about some mentally defective MPs who acted like animals.

    The odd fact about the American media in this war is that it's not covering the American military. The most plugged-in nation in the world is receiving virtually no true information about what its warriors are doing.

    Oh, sure, there's a body count. We know how many Americans have fallen. And we see those same casket pictures day in and day out. And we're almost on a first-name basis with the pukes who abused the Iraqi prisoners. And we know all about improvised explosive devices and how we lost Fallujah and what Arab public-opinion polls say about us and how the world hates us.

    We get a non-stop feed of gloom and doom.

    But we don't hear about the heroes.

    The incredibly brave GIs who honorably do their duty. The ones our grandparents would have carried on their shoulders down Fifth Avenue.

    The ones we completely ignore.

    Like Brian Chontosh.

    It was a year ago on the march into Baghdad. Brian Chontosh was a platoon leader rolling up Highway 1 in a humvee when all hell broke loose. Ambush city.

    The young Marines were being cut to ribbons. Mortars, machine guns, rocket propelled grenades. And the kid out of Churchville was in charge. It was do or die and it was up to him. So he moved to the side of his column, looking for a way to lead his men to safety. As he tried to poke a hole through the Iraqi line his humvee came under direct enemy machine gun fire.

    It was fish in a barrel and the Marines were the fish.

    And Brian Chontosh gave the order to attack. He told his driver to floor the humvee directly at the machine gun emplacement that was firing at them. And he had the guy on top with the .50 cal unload on them. Within moments there were Iraqis slumped across the machine gun and the young Marine urged his dirver to take the humvee directly into the Iraqi trench that was attacking his Marines.

    Over into the battlement the humvee went and out the door Brian Chontosh bailed, carrying an M16 and a Beretta and 228 years of Marine Corps pride.

    And he ran down the trench.

    With its mortars and riflemen, machineguns and grenadiers.

    And he killed them all.

    He fought with the M16 until he was out of ammo. Then he fought with the Beretta until it was out of ammo. Then he picked up a dead man's AK47 and fought with that until it was out of ammo. Then he picked up another dead man's AK47 and fought with that until it was out of ammo. At one point he even fired a discarded Iraqi RPG into an enemy cluster, sending attackers flying with its grenade explosion.

    When he was done Brian Chontosh had cleared 200 yards of entrenched Iraqis from his platoon's flank. He had killed more than 20 and wounded at least as many more.

    But that's probably not how he would tell it. He would probably merely say that his Marines were in trouble, and he got them out of trouble. OohRah, and drive on.

    "By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, 1st Lt. Chontosh reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service."

    That's what the citation says.

    And that's what nobody will hear.

    That's what doesn't seem to be making the evening news. Accounts of American valor are dismissed by the press as propaganda, yet accounts of American difficulties are heralded as objectivity. It makes you wonder if the role of the media is to inform, or to depress - to report or to criticise. But I guess it doesn't matter.

    We're going to turn out all right.

    As long as men like Brian Chontosh wear our uniform.

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    Excellent Merlin. I posted the link to this and the other 'Someone You Should Know' to Krisy the other night, when she was looking for some 'good news.'
     
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    Awesome, thanks for posting Merlin!! It's really a shame that you don't hear about this NEWS!!!
     
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    ty for for trying to put some reality into an otherwise fantasy riddled media. Could it be called a media cover-up when they ignore news that could be described as "helpful" to Bush ? Guess we gotta wait a while for hollywood to get it on the big screen so they can use him to make bucks.
     
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    You just can't help it, can ya?:laugh:
     
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    Notice, notice well, that it was a MARINE that did this. not some army or air force puke. A MARINE. OOHRAAHHHHHH :usa:
     
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    Hell yea!! Few and the Proud indeed. OOORAAAAHHHH!!!:firing: :firing: :firing:
     
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    Merlin,
    It is great that this soldier did his job and did it well but I dont see what relevance it necessarily has as actual news. Maybe its a good human interest story, might be good for dateline or something but is it really a news story?
    This is not to say the media shouldnt report good progress in the war if there is any. What I m saying is it really more important for citizens to know that one marine got some medals and was brave as opposed to "hey isnt it a lil hypocritcal that Iraqi's are being abused in similar matters and in the same prison that Saddam abused them in, but this time by americans."
    The thing is we do hear everday about how brave these soldiers are it is rear that we hear about things in the negative. Either way some stories seem more relevant than others and maybe there is a media agenda behind this, but that does not make a human interest story news.
     
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    Yikes! What news you watching? It certainly isn't American news because rarely do they report soldiers as being brave. They are all over this war in such a negative fashion it is not even arguable.
     

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