Even in a harmless, non-judgmental NewsBusters post by Brent Baker about a soldier who gave his Purple Heart to CBS' Kimberly Dozier, some NewsBusters commenters just can't stop denigrating journalists. From the thread:
Too bad that reporters don't act the same way as this soldier has....
This is why American Servicemen are truly an asset to this country. Selfless in their duty, honorable in their character, true to each other and their country and yet this soldier extended his heart-felt compassion towards someone who works for an organization that is looking for America to lose. In the face of that, he is a better man than I am.
I really hate this kind of sentimentalism.
First, the woman getting injured in no way makes her suffering on a par with 'any soldier', especially when her very reporting is responsible for increasing the suffering of soldiers, due to the US Media constantly being willing pawns and enablers to the terrorist agenda.
I think this post was to in no way elevate this woman (who deserves none) but to show what kind of men our soldiers are.
I realize that, I just think the soldier made a mistake. It was kind and gracious, but in my opinion, totally wrong. The liberal media is the enemy of every soldier risking their life in Iraq. Anything that brings comfort to them, or helps to bring credit to the way that these people have failed to report on any positive news in Iraq, yet rush like the wind to report the negative things, to me is wrong.
Fortunately, this abuse was followed by something unusual: a NewsBusters contributing writer, Tom Blumer, defending the soldier's act -- and Dozier:
I think you're overreacting. I'm not going to sit here and question a thoughtful gesture made by a soldier. He met her previously, so why not provide comfort to her and her family?
I can't prove it, but I think Dozier has played it relatively straight with her reports. Also don't forget that higher-ups decide what actually appears on your TV screen, and to an extent what they want the reporter to emphasize when she appears on camera.
But, of course, no good deed goes unpunished, as a commenter responded to Blumer:
When Ms Dozier was injured, the media could barely squeeze into their reports that a soldier had also been killed in the blast that took her co-workers. I dont think I can react strongly enough to this madness. I dont blame the soldier who honored her, as I said though, the whole thing just makes me sick.
Also, to play it straight as you said, would mean that Ms Dozier and others reported ALL the news, unless you are actually trying to suggest that her producers are responsible for editing out her 'positive' stories.
You should have stopped after "I cant prove it"........
Sigh. Sad, isn't it?
UPDATE: The latest wet dream from this thread:
My dreamlike fantasy that will never happen is to see them all exposed from their emails to their private conversations down to their treasonous editing of all their war coverage, while they are all strapped into a CIA watersurfboard begging for 6 months to correct all the partisan record.