I was watching CNN this morning and they were covering the ongoing Marine Corps investigation about the incident at Haditha. Lot’s of pictures of dead civilians. Then they did a segway into the story about the friendly fire incident that killed Pat Tillman.
It was a long, and extensively researched expose’ on the firefight Tillman was involved in, how he was killed, the “cover up,” and of course how his bereaved parents are angry with the military. The story basically goes on and on about how this promising young man went off and died. Predictably, the insinuation was that he died for no good reason.
Then they segway again into a story about how a pregnant woman was shot to death by Americans as her husband tried running his car at top speed through a checkpoint in an attempt to rush her to the hospital.
Are these stories newsworthy? Yes, I suppose so—but Tillman’s story so long after his death? And conveniently wedged in between the deaths of civilians. Seems a little biased to me. Seems almost intentional.
Why can’t they run stories about people like Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester, the first woman to win a Silver Star since World War II? Certainly that’s newsworthy isn’t it? But I suppose that might fly in the face of CNN’s anti-military, and rabidly anti-U.S. prejudice. Couldn’t have that!
I don’t know why I even watch CNN anymore, it gets my blood boiling every single time I turn it on.