Friday, July 03, 2009

It's a Grand Old Flag

posted by The Sailor @ 5:03 PM Permalink

Submitted (almost) without comment:
Stars and Stripes is a Department of Defense-authorized daily newspaper distributed overseas for the U.S. military community. Editorially independent of interference from outside its own editorial chain-of-command, it provides commercially available U.S. and world news and objective staff-produced stories relevant to the military community in a balanced, fair, and accurate manner. By keeping its audience informed, Stars and Stripes enhances military readiness and better enables U.S. military personnel and their families stationed overseas to exercise their responsibilities of citizenship.
- Revised DoD Directive 5122.11
Stars and Stripes is a daily newspaper published for the U.S. military, DoD civilians, contractors, and their families. Unique among the many military publications, Stars and Stripes operates as a First Amendment newspaper, free of control and censorship. We have published continuously in Europe since 1942, and since 1945 in the Pacific. Today, our readers number well over 350,000.
That was then, this is now. From the Stars and Stripes:
Army bars Stars and Stripes reporter from covering 1st Cav unit in Mosul

Asserting that Stars and Stripes “refused to highlight” good news in Iraq that the U.S. military wanted to emphasize, Army officials have barred a Stripes reporter from embedding with a unit of the 1st Cavalry Division that is attempting to secure the violent city of Mosul.
“Under the embed rules and the congressional mandate of editorial independence for this newspaper, it does not fall under the authority or competence of the command to decide if we do a story, what story we do, or what angle we take in writing the story,” Leonard wrote in his appeal.

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At 1:58 PM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

The government is FOR independent news being reported from Iraq and Afghanistan just as long as they control the news and we don't get the reports of the millions of Iraqis we have slaughtered and/ displaced.

It's possible thy are tried of all the false accusations of bombing and killing dozens and dozens of totally innocent women and children while claiming that they killed one or two insurgents and explaining that the others were 'collateral damage,' as if dropping 2,000 pound bombs could never be the wrong thing to do if we kill a single enemy; the old "We had to destroy the village to save it."

At 12:45 PM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

Besides, haven't we already 'pacified' Mosul and promised the assistance of he sheiks there to track down al-Qaede members? Wasn't Mosul the shining jewel reflecting our fabulous successes in Iraq?

Must have had a relapse or somethin'.


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