The N.Y. Times: …..Can we Question their PatriotisM Yet?
Army Staff Sgt. Hector Leija, 27, was an honor student at Raymondville High School.
WASHINGTON — A photograph and videotape of a Texas soldier dying in Iraq published by the New York Times have triggered anger from his relatives and Army colleagues and revived a long-standing debate about which images of war are proper to show.
The journalists involved, Times reporter Damien Cave and Getty Images photographer Robert Nickelsberg, , working for the Times, had their status as so-called embedded journalists suspended Tuesday by the Army corps in Baghdad, military officials said, because they violated a signed agreement not to publish photos or video of any wounded soldiers without official consent.
The controversy was ignited by the newspaper’s account of the 27-year-old soldier’s death in combat. It described in detail events on Haifa Street in Baghdad during a patrol Jan. 24 that turned deadly after a bullet struck Leija in the head.
..seeing the images of Leija on the Internet was very upsetting to the relatives.
“Oh God, they shouldn’t have published a picture like that,” Leija’s cousin Tina Guerrero, who had not seen the images but was aghast about them anyway, told the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday in Raymondville. She said the images would be especially hurtful to the soldier’s parents, Domingo and Manuela Leija, who have remained in the family’s home on the edge of town. ”It’s going to devastate them,” Guerrero said. ”They’re having enough pain dealing with the death of their son.”
Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism in Washington, said the incident was typical of the dilemmas that face news organizations in war.
“The fact that a photograph upset people, even family members, is not always sufficient reason not to run it,” Rosenstiel said. “Editors may decide that there is a compelling public interest in running a photograph precisely because it does upset an audience.”
Excuse me for a moment while I don’t believe this.
These are the same “lovers of terrorists” journalists who refused to publish the Muuuuuuuuuha-mad cartoons for fear of “offending someone”!
The NYTimes refused to show footage of our fellow New Yorkers and Americans leaping from buildings at the World Trade Center on Sept 11, because it would be “too graphic” to show the world what our sworn ememy has done huh.
But this indignity to one our very own boys is condoned.
The New York Slimes will, of course, do whatever it can to regurgitate the propaganda of our enemies. Never utilizing the word “terrorist”..unless of course it’s in quotes.
But hey…One man’ terrorist is another journalist’s freedom fighter.
They will display the utmost respect and reverence to terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay, or every pathetic card carrying member of the anti-war, anti-America brigade, or environmentalist, radical tree huggers….but most especially to Muzlims of any shape or size, regardless of known or unknown terrorist affiliations.
But when allegedly coercive methods were used against our seven Marines and one Navy corpsman, at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base on a “suspicion”, did the “terrorist lover” journalists or photographers protest the confinement conditions of our troops or shout “Civil Liberties” for them? Yea. That’s a rhetorical question alright.
But, this latest episode my friends ..is the jewel in their self-hating crown.
To devastate the family and loved ones of a lost soldier by exposing his death on a video, without even allegedly informing them?
Then claim that they were in fact informed prior to the screening……as if that would justify it to begin with?
Because nothing says “objective” reporting and journalism like humiliating our very own soldiers eh.
Here’s the key to readin the NY Slimes or anything by the good ole A.P. Antisemite Press:
Muzlim =freedom fighter
I can hardly wait for tomorrow’s daily drip-feed of hatred about our sworn enemies’ casualites and injuries. Bet they don’t post any images of the Rad Izlamo Nazis on their death beds eh, unless it’s to indict our troops yet again.
This level of depravity simply staggers the imagination.
Wake up and smell the personal responsibility N.Y. Traitor Times.
Here is the heart wrenching story:
Man Down’: When One Bullet Alters Everything
My deepest sympathies and prayers to the family and loved ones of a true American hero: Army Staff Sgt. Hector Leija .
God bless you all.
Our loved ones live forerver……….in the memories we keep.
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