Troops Express Fustration With Media

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    Here is a story you will NEVER see on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, or Headline News

    You will NEVER read about this in the NY Times, LA Times, or the Washington Post


    Troops in Iraq Express Frustration with the Media to FNC's Sean Hannity
    Posted by Justin McCarthy on December 12, 2006 - 17:00.
    The bravest and most patriotic of Americans, those who see first hand what goes on in Iraq, can see the liberal bias in the media. On Monday’s Hannity and Colmes, co-host Sean Hannity recounted from his recent trip to Iraq that many in uniform there feel the media paints a grimmer picture than the reality on the ground. Hannity first offered this comment when talking with Oliver North reporting from Ramadi, Iraq.

    Sean Hannity: "You know Colonel, one of the things without fail, wherever the secretary went, he was greeted like a rock star. I mean, the troops love him. And the one theme that kept coming back to me, and they watched TV regularly, they’ve had Fox News on almost everywhere I went, is that the media was not portraying this accurately, and they did mentioned, quite often, the disdain and the disgust at the portrayal of, of their efforts and the politics that’s going on behind here in America. I assume that, this now your eighth trip to Iraq, you’re hearing a lot of the same thing."

    Later in the show, Hannity played his taped discussions with U.S. troops in Mosul. There, one soldier spoke up on the media portrayal of the situation in Iraq.

    U.S. Soldier: "The bottom line is that from we hear what is being said in the media back home, but we’re here and we see a totally different side of what’s happening."

    Hannity: "Explain that. What’s the difference between what people hear at home and what’s happening here?"

    U.S. Soldier: "A good example: This past Tuesday we went out to the city to deliver school supplies to children."

    Hannity: "And we’re in Mosul just so people know.

    U.S. Soldier: "And the Iraqi Army actually provided our security for us. We didn’t have any problems. The locals, they were, you know, they were a little bit shy and nervous but, you know, absolutely -"

    Hannity: "So that sort of transition is happening successfully."

    Soldier: "Oh yeah, oh yeah."

    http://newsbusters.org/node/9620
     
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    Spent about an hour and a half Sat nite talking to an Army LtCol who had just returned from Iraq. Among other things he said the media was irresponsible, jaded, lying, and a BIG part of the problem in Iraq and no part of a solution.
     
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    I heard about one Officer who ordered his troops NOT to speak with CNN

    He explained CNN will always distort what they say and will cast the US military in a bad light

    How true
     
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    Legally, he could not single out CNN. He could order them to not speak to the media.

    He could however suggest a preference to one over the other and give his reason why.
     
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    Perhaps I was wrong when I used the word "order"

    I know one thing for sure. Most of the troops think about the liberal media alot

    Especially during target practice
     
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    That is also part of the problem. We only hear one side. Most troops play it safe and just don't speak to any media for any reason. In the Marines, we had a standing order that if the media contacts you, you contact the Public Affairs Officer, period.
     
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    The troops have every right to dislike and distrust the media. They go out of their way to smear, insult, and publish false stories (which paint the troops in a bad light)
     
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    I didn't say they did not have the tight to dislike and distrust the media. I was a troop at one point in time, and I felt I had that right. If it didn't say "PAO" on it, I wasn't talking.
     
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    Thank you for your service. It is because of you, and all who serve, we are the greatest nation on Earth

    Without your service, we could not have this open discussion as well
     
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    While I appreciate the sentiment, no thanks are necessary. I did what I thought was right. The people back here who supported us deserve as much thanks as we get because without them, there is no "us."
     

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