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Date Posted: Tue, March 15 2005, 19:59:05
Author: Harry Larsen
Author Host/IP: 207-108-215-249.tukw.qwest.net / 207.108.215.249
Subject: Re: Responsibility
In reply to: Larry Lusk 's message, "Re: Responsibility" on Mon, March 07 2005, 14:16:59

Larry,

While I agree that we are responsible for our actions (and our words). I also believe that the headline-hungry media also bears a greater responsibility in what it reports.

The media that reported the general's words was only interested in headlines and disregarded context, audience, and purpose. The journalist who quoted the general also had no concern for the soldiers that may die on that account. That is criminal. That is where I'd place a "limit" on freedom of speech. Since when does the media have the "right" to report anything at all just so long as it is negative and reflects poorly on our military and our president??? I'm proud of both. That "freedom of the press" is being seriously abused in this country (there is another name for it, sedition). If you doubt it, then you aren't paying attention and aren't reading the news or watching the evening news. The "slant" is VERY obvious.

In a totalitarian society, the media would be controlled and those comments would never have been reported (or the editor would have not seen another sunrise). I'm glad we have our freedoms. I'm glad we have freedom of the press, but I despise the journalists who cannot find anything better to print than a joking general's comments spoken before an all-military audience. Like Bob Hope, was speaking a language they understood to raise their morale.

Does that journalist have the right to be such a jerk? I guess so. However, only a stinking journalist reports that ____! It's yellow journalism. And it is way too common. I don't give them any credence whatsoever.

Of course, you're free to defend the ________ journalist, and you're free to disagree with me. I did my bit to defend everyone's rights. And the above is just "my humble opinion," of course.

Semper fi,

Harry

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