Monday, May 23, 2005

Blogosphere erupts over Foley Gate

The overt, anti-American bias of the media has never been more grotesque than lately, with accusations from media leaders that our American soldiers are targeting journalists.

Earlier this year, Jordan, CNN's chief news executive, suggested at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland that some of the 63 journalists killed in Iraq had been specifically targeted by U.S. troops. Jordan quickly backed off his suggestion, but constant exposure from political weblogs led to his resignation. He also admitted last year that CNN withheld news of atrocities taking place in Iraq under the regime of Saddam Hussein because the network was afraid it might lose access to the country.
Now, Linda Foley, President of the 35,000 member Newspaper Guild, has echoed the claim. According to a video tape of her remarks, Foley said:

"Journalists, by the way, are not just being targeted verbally or … ah, or … ah, politically. They are also being targeted for real, um … in places like Iraq. What outrages me as a representative of journalists is that there's not more outrage about the number, and the brutality, and the cavalier nature of the U.S. military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq."

Foley continued, "They target and kill journalists … uh, from other countries, particularly Arab countries like Al -, like Arab news services like al-Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios with impunity. ..."

The comments were aired by Mark Hyman on his commentary segment "The Point". He has called for Foley to present evidence of her outrageous claims or resign over her irresponsible allegations:

"Unfortunately, the damage may have already been done," [Hyman] said. "Her remarks could lead to further bloodshed, including against Americans."

Hyman concluded: "The question is whether Newspaper Guild members will hold Foley accountable or will they give her a free pass in endangering American lives with inflammatory remarks without any proof?"



My educated guess is that the media, who honestly does believe the American military is evil and is trying to kill them , will give her a free pass. Andi, at Andi's world, has a strong opinion:

I'm left stunned that anyone could publicly say the things that you said, Ms. Foley. But, I realize that you spoke those words because you believe them, and you want others to believe them. The America that afforded you the opportunities that you enjoy, and built that platform from which you spew your hatred against fellow Americans, is the same America that you trample on with your irresponsible claims.

In a paltry, ineffectual effort to back away from her crystal clear accusations, Foley has weakly re-stated:

When asked if she believed U.S. troops had targeted journalists in Iraq, she said, "I was careful of not saying troops, I said U.S. military. Could I have said it differently? There are 100 different ways of saying this, but I’m not sure they would have appeased the right."
LaShawn Barber has contacted the Newspaper Guild (202.434.7177), and initially heard an interesting voicemail, which has since been changed. She's not holding her breath for a response, but you can stay tuned, just in case hell freezes over between now and then.

Red State has a great analysis of the actual numbers of journalist deaths in Iraq from 2003-2005. (Most interesting is that, BY FAR, most of the journalists are killed by Iraqi suicide bombers.) Foley Gate says that it will "watch left-wing journalists so that you won't have to." Considering the mounting evidence, that could turn into a full-time job!

Trey Jackson has video of Foley when she made this statement. You're welcome to it, if you want to watch her crap for yourself. And if you can't get enough on the blogosphere's hey-day with this left-wing nut job, visit The Word Unheard for LOTS of links. Finally, Kit, at Euphoric Reality, has a great idea for how Foley can spend her soon-to-be (if there's any justice in this world at all!) free time:

I volunteer to begin a collection to send Ms. Foley to Iraq, where she will be free to wander around without the protection of the “brutal and cavalier” U.S. military. Of course, the other side would be happy to put her up for a few days. She’s a friend of theirs, anyway.

An officer in Iraq has stepped into the ring with an an open letter in response to Linda Foley’s baseless accusations. His letter was posted in comments (#19) at PoliPundit.

Dear Newspaper Guild,

Serving here in Iraq, and having previously served in Afganistan, I am deeply offended by Ms. Linda Foley’s crystal clear allegation that the U.S. military conducts targeted killings of foreign journalists. Of course, she has no evidence. The U.S. military liberated these nations, and is providing security to facilitate the development of democratic governments that encourage such freedoms as that of the press.

On the other hand, however, there is plenty of evidence that there are journalists, or people posing as journalists, who are actively supporting the insurgents and, therefore, their terrorist tactics. For example, there was recently a CBS journalist who was firing at U.S. troops. Interestingly, when he was first apprehended, many of the newspapers you represent breathlessly reported that the U.S. had wounded a CBS journalist. After a brief investigation that revealed the man’s actual role in attacking U.S. troops, many of the same papers changed their decription to say only that it was a man who carried the credentials of a CBS journalist.

Another example of journalists who actively support the insurgency occurred recently at the 14th Street Bridge in Baghdad. This was the site of a spectacular car-bomb attack several months ago and there is an abanodoned building that stands alone near the site. One morning, the Iraqi police guarding the bridge noticed an abandoned car near their checkpoint. Upon investigation, they found that it was filed with explosives. After safely moving the dozens of innocent civilians who would likely have otherwise probably been killed by a blast, the police neutralized the car bomb.

Within minutes, a television camera crew, emerged from the abandoned building. When the Iraqi police questioned them, they simply showed their Al-Jazeera ‘journalist’ credentials, said they were filming the river and knew nothing of the car bomb. They then drove north toward the next bridge, where thirty minutes later a different car bomb detonated, killing Iraqi civilians. To the surprise of no one, the footage was aired on Al-Jazeera that night. Obviously, the crew had been informed of the terrorist plans, and even back-up plans, then actively supported terror against Iraqi civilians by filiming and broadcasting it around the world.

Another example, which does not yet rise to the level of evidence, is the photographer who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his photo of insurgents executing Iraqi poll workers in the middle of a busy street, before the January 30th elections. From the perspective of the photo, it is clear that the photographer is close to the killers, there are thirty of them as described in the caption, and likely in the middle of the street with them. It begs the question of whether the photographer was collaborating with the killers.

That question is unikely to be answered, though, because Associated Press, the news organization who paid him, refuses to give his name, and explained that they were doing so in order to protect his ’safety.’ I ask you, if he was comfortable enough to be that close to the men who were executing those poll workers in broad daylight, exactly who is it that might pose a danger to this man?

The men and women of the U.S. military are risking their lives to end tyranny and bring freedom to these countries. It is insulting for the leader and chief spokesperson for your organization, which represents journalists from all over the country, to make baseless allegations in order to smear the reputation of the members of our armed forces.

I ask you to relieve Ms. Foley from her duties, and replace her with someone who understands the importance of having evidence to support sensational allegations, such as saying publicly that the U.S. military murders those from around the world who carry out one of our nation’s most sacred freedoms–the freedom of the press.

Thank you for your attention. Please e-mail a response to this address.

Sincerely,

Major Eric
Camp Victory
Baghdad
Well said, sir; and 'nuff said.