Monday, July 03, 2006

Time Magazine: They Need To Get It Right...

Micheal Yon brings to light in a post written last week the story of Sgt. Brad Kasal. Back in November of 2004, after being shot seven times, Sgt. Kasal put himself in front of a grenade blast in order to protect his fellow Marines in the battle for Falluja. Sgt. Kasal may receive The Medal of Honor for his actions that day and I for one hope he does.

Sgt. Kasal’s story is remarkable enough, but unfortunately that is not the basis of this post. Yon reveals that TIME Magazine will be publishing a photo of severely injured Sgt. Kasal being helped out of the building in which he carried out his heroic deeds, underneath the cover story titled “Haditha”. The cover story involves new detail on the controversial and alleged actions by Marines fighting there and the deaths of Iraqi civilians. A story about alleged atrocities in Haditha, using a photo of a potential Congressional Medal of Honor winner fighting in Falluja. Yon writes:

We, as writers, photographers and journalists, must endeavor to hold ourselves to those same standards Brad Kasal lives and fights by. We should not play fast and loose with facts, especially when reporting about the people who bleed in our defense. This is not to suggest that we should gild any depictions. Men like Brad Kasal don’t need or respect that kind of false sentiment.

Many service members believe Brad Kasal should be awarded the Medal of Honor. Any editor who would place the dazzle and drama of a layout above respect for the reputations of people of this caliber could use a few minutes of quiet circumspection. Brad Kasal is an incredible warrior and defender of our way of life who has demonstrated time and again that his life matters less to him than his duty to his country and to his fellow Marines.

In Yon’s post, both him and Sgt. Kasal make a point to ask readers NOT to turn this issue into some crusade against TIME magazine and it’s editors and I respect that, but it does nothing to still my anger. This playing loose with the rules of professional journalism pisses me off, as it should anybody, and it seems more and more common place as I have written in the last couple of weeks. TIME Magazine damn well better post a clarification and it should take measures to keep it from happening again.


At 10:34 AM, July 05, 2006, Blogger Dave Cavalier said...

Don't you understand? All U.S. soliders are poor, uneducated, racist, redneck baby-killers.

Or so my betters in the media have told me time and again.

Please, Tony, start listening to your teachers in the media.

At 1:09 PM, July 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not all US soldiers fit Dave's profile, but it seems that the one's that Time thinks will sell issues do.

It is sad that attrocities are more noted than heroics in the media.

I'm afraid that's the price of an unpopular war.

At 7:14 PM, July 05, 2006, Blogger Jackson said...

Oh shit, I was anonymous, I bet you knew it was me.

At 9:54 AM, July 06, 2006, Blogger Tony Alva said...

The sad part here is not that atrocites are reported more than other things, it's the fact that media outlets sensationalize and exploit them in an effort to editorialize a news peice for which they claim is objective and unbiased. In this case, they used a photo shot in another city of a guy who happens to be a potential CMOH receipiant for a piece related to atrocities in Haditha in which he and his fellow Mariines had nothing th do with.

It's blantantly sinister and unprofessional. I WANT the media to report attrocities. Further, I don't mind the bias as long as it's transparent. TIME still claims to be jounalistically objective. I'm calling bullshit on them.

At 10:34 AM, July 06, 2006, Blogger Dave Cavalier said...

You would think that TIME would be a little more careful after it admitted that its initial reporting on Haditha was, to be kind, a little sloppy.

At 1:50 PM, July 06, 2006, Anonymous coolmomma said...

So, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to call them out on it? Will you write the editor?

At 6:54 PM, July 07, 2006, Blogger Dave Cavalier said...

I already did write them, coolmomma.


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