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Media Has Blood On Its' Hands, Iraq GI Tells Rep.King
Newsmax.com ^ | October 29, 2003 | Newsmax.com

Posted on 10/28/2003 9:57:49 PM PST by Lady In Blue

Reprinted from NewsMax.com
Wednesday Oct. 29, 2003; 12:12 a.m. EST

Media Has Blood on its Hands, Iraq GI Tells Rep. King

Rep. Peter King, R-NY, delivered a stark message on Tuesday from an unnamed U.S. military officer now stationed in Baghdad who believes negative press coverage of the U.S. war effort has cost American soldiers their lives.

While flying back to the U.S. aboard a military transport, King told nationally syndicated radio host Sean Hannity via satellite phone, "I promised an American colonel yesterday, an Army colonel, that [I'd relay his message]: 'There's blood on the hands of the American media.'"

"He's lost men because of the terrible reporting and it's just creating a terrible atmosphere," King said the Army colonel told him.

"The troops have tremendous morale. But unfortunately the terrorists are encouraged and the Iraqi people are being dissuaded from cooperating with the American forces because of the terrible coverage back here," King said.

The unnamed GI, who King said had two graduate degrees, shared his disturbing assessment as the two flew by helicopter from the Baghdad airport to the Al Rashid hotel.

Paraphrasing the Army colonel's words, the New York Republican said, "I just want you to know that there's blood on the hands of the American media; that my men and women are going to die because of them."

The GI's message continued, "We are winning this war and the only way we can lose this is if the American people lose their nerve and that's because of what's going on in the American media."

King said he concurred with the Army colonel's complaint, saying, "What I saw is totally different from what the American media is reporting."

Noting that he was in Baghdad during the wave of terrorist attacks this weekend, King said that, "in spite of all of that, life is virtually normal in Baghdad."

"What the media doesn't show is that the rest of Baghdad is traffic jams, markets open . . . you would have thought you were in midtown Manhattan," the New York Republican contended.

"Life is so different when you're there from the way it's being portrayed in the media."

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To: Lady In Blue; Ragtime Cowgirl; PhilDragoo; MJY1288
Thanks for posting this.

I'm saving it to attach to everyone of these downside reports gleefully posted by the 5th columnists of FR. As far as I'm concerned they have blood on their hands too!
51 posted on 10/29/2003 8:08:40 AM PST by Grampa Dave ("If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less.")
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To: Lady In Blue
The GI's message continued, "We are winning this war and the only way we can lose this is if the American people lose their nerve and that's because of what's going on in the American media."

Well, the media is trying its best to lose it, after all, that is what they want.

52 posted on 10/29/2003 8:10:19 AM PST by machman
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks for the heads up!
53 posted on 10/29/2003 8:11:12 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
This is a third hand report. Have you run across a closer link to the Col who made the charge?
54 posted on 10/29/2003 8:15:13 AM PST by bert (Don't Panic!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Thanks RC.

I had no idea New York had a representative that had the sense G-d gave Mr. Tonkin's goat. What refreshing surprise.
55 posted on 10/29/2003 8:17:20 AM PST by Hondo1952 ("Where Have You Gone Billy Bob Bailey," Lewis Grizzard, a Great American)
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To: MeeknMing
Thanks for the heads up!
56 posted on 10/29/2003 8:20:47 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Nick Danger; The Shrew; Skeet
Ping.
57 posted on 10/29/2003 8:28:04 AM PST by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
That ol' boy looks like somebody you'd want as a friend, and not an enemy. One of those Scotch Irish Appalacian mountain men that make up half of the special forces, going back to 1776 at least.
58 posted on 10/29/2003 8:51:27 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
The media would NOT be misinforming everyone without the explicit encouragement from the DNC......
59 posted on 10/29/2003 9:02:14 AM PST by OldFriend (DEMS INHABIT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
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To: Interesting Times; The Shrew; Nick Danger
Bookmarked for later use.
60 posted on 10/29/2003 9:19:41 AM PST by Skeet (Support our Troops!)
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To: Held_to_Ransom
The VietCong in the tunnels had a dearth of satelite dishes

Even if they'd had them, there were no satellite broadcasts for them to listen to or watch. :) They did have radios and could most likely pick up commercial shortwave broadcasts from around the world, where greatly exhagerated reports of "anti-war" activity in the US were undoubtably to be found. Some of those would have been replays of US radio and TV broadcasts.

However the real target of the dizinformatzia coming out of the media is precisely the will of the people of the United States, just as it was in the late 60s and early 70s.

61 posted on 10/29/2003 9:55:50 AM PST by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump!
62 posted on 10/29/2003 10:12:22 AM PST by windchime
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To: Lady In Blue
One thing the left has right...it is just like Vietnam.
63 posted on 10/29/2003 10:13:35 AM PST by Hildy
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To: Lady In Blue
"I just want you to know that there's blood on the hands of the American media; that my men and women are going to die because of them."

... and the Democrat politicians. Don't forget the Democrat politicians.

It's not that we have forgotten the lessons of Vietnam. It's just that the Liberals are determined to repeat them!

64 posted on 10/29/2003 10:17:52 AM PST by Gritty
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To: Lady In Blue
That link about Bernard Goldberg and Dan Rather doesn't work..for me. Sure sounds intriguing!

I'm glad to hear that Rep. King and Hannity are getting the word to the public.

Robert Kaplan wrote a book not too long ago, I think it was published just before 9-11, and he said that in the 'next war' it would be with primitive, loosely-confederated terrorists, AND that what would undermine a President defending America would be the LIBERAL MEDIA.

He said the media consider themselves the fourth arm of government and would demand to make policy, and that the only way to wage war successfully would be to KEEP THE MEDIA OUT OF THE LOOP, PERIOD!

Well, I'd say he's exactly right. And Rep. King's words prove it.

I have family fighting in Iraq, and friends, and children of friends. It infuriates me that the liberal media put these people at needless risk of death and injury!
65 posted on 10/29/2003 10:51:44 AM PST by WaterDragon
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To: MeeknMing
BUMP
66 posted on 10/29/2003 11:01:40 AM PST by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: bert; Ragtime Cowgirl
I was listening to the Sean Hannity show yesterday when Pete King called in. He was in a military aircraft on his way home from visiting Iraq. King conveyed to the listening audience the message that the colonel gave him while the two of them were flying in a helicopter in Iraq. King is probably holding the identity of the colonel confidential, so there would be no link to him available.
67 posted on 10/29/2003 11:33:53 AM PST by TEXOKIE (Hold fast what thou hast received!)
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To: Lady In Blue
The mainstream media is PRAYING for our war on terror to have the same result as Vietnam. I have despised the media since the late 60's and NOT ONE THING has changed in the 35+ years since. They still are ANTI-AMERICAN at their core.
68 posted on 10/29/2003 11:41:57 AM PST by PISANO
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection; *CCRM; *Presstitutes; Redleg Duke; yall


69 posted on 10/29/2003 12:46:47 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: Lady In Blue; Ragtime Cowgirl
I didn't know Pete King had this in him, but I'm kind of ashamed that I was surprised. Defending the Toon's sexual behavior is one thing, covering up media complicity in a lerger body count is entirely another.

Kick butt, Congressman. those boys need all the help they can get.

70 posted on 10/29/2003 1:04:18 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Pre-empte the third murder attempt: Pray for Terry Schiavo.)
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To: Lady In Blue
Thanks for posting this. I'm putting it to good use in many emails to news media and will start in on Congresscritters etc.

Prairie
71 posted on 10/29/2003 2:14:13 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Halloween night, Hildebeest will be aboard her broom scaring children & small animals.)
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To: Lady In Blue
"Iraqi people are being dissuaded from cooperating with the American forces because of the terrible coverage back here," King said"
"What the media doesn't show is that the rest of Baghdad is traffic jams, markets open . . . you would have thought you were in midtown Manhattan," the New York Republican contended.

I have NEVER seen pictures on TV of Traffic jams and Open Markets. It's despicable that the media hides this.


72 posted on 10/29/2003 3:00:53 PM PST by nuconvert
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To: petercooper
"Michael Barone calls it "old media"

I like that. ;o)

73 posted on 10/29/2003 4:26:15 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (What can you say about Liberals that hasn't already been said about hemorrhoids?)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER; MeeknMing

Tom Daschle concludes historic friendship pact with Saddam Hussein.

74 posted on 10/29/2003 6:17:17 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: bert
A third-hand report from the congressman is better than fabricated reports from the media, LOL.

The press would crucify this colonel if his name would be revealed. He'd get the same treatment the liberal media and the 'Rats are giving the general who told the truth about Islam the other day.

Leni

75 posted on 10/29/2003 6:25:52 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: bert
Almost missed your ping. Freepmail me, please.

It never occurred to me to question this statement for a few reasons (none of which excuse the fact that I didn't question this statement, lol):

1) the troops have been making similar statements throughout the war,
2) Rep. King said it live yesterday - on Sean Hannity's radio show, I think(?) - and he certainly knows the political risk of attacking the press,
3)you will never hear an officer accuse the press so brazenly - in person, in public. (I think it's against policy).

CENTCOM let me know that they don't (won't?) compete with the press. SOD Rumsfeld spends at least a few minutes reassuring the troops every townhall meeting (in response to the troops who are upset at the press) that the American people 'have a good center of gravity' and will find the truth.

(I'll do some research)

The United States Military vs. the Media: Constitutional Friction (Long)

76 posted on 10/29/2003 6:31:02 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is not running Iraq. He is not butchering tens of thousands of people." Rummy,10/27)
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To: TEXOKIE
Thank you, TEX. That'll teach me to respond to a post without reading the whole thread.

Nah, probably not. (^;

77 posted on 10/29/2003 6:32:59 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is not running Iraq. He is not butchering tens of thousands of people." Rummy,10/27)
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To: MeeknMing; Lady In Blue; bert
Thanks fer the ping Meek. A screen capture of all three network newscasts produced amazingly similar dialogue...

Hiyer bert.

FGS

78 posted on 10/29/2003 8:13:24 PM PST by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: fly_so_free
Nailed 'em you did.

FGS

79 posted on 10/29/2003 8:34:12 PM PST by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: Lady In Blue
bump
80 posted on 10/29/2003 9:20:29 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: Admin Moderator
OK, how's this, please pretty please would you kindly change the width on this graphic to 300 instead of the 320 I posted in error??? Coffee's on me ;^)

FGS

81 posted on 10/29/2003 10:27:00 PM PST by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: PhilDragoo
LOL !! You DO come up with the greatest pics/captions ! ...

82 posted on 10/30/2003 1:41:40 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: ForGod'sSake; Grampa Dave
AH !!! That is PERFECT ! Great pic !

83 posted on 10/30/2003 1:48:14 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: Lady In Blue
What I don't think that the media seems to realize (or maybe they really do...) is that when they keep spouting off about what a dunce President Bush is, that's picked up by the foreign press, and passed on to the foreign populations... When all they dwell on are "anti-war" protests in the US, the foreign press passes this on as "normal" in the US to the foreign population... So foreigners believe that we've got a dullard for a President, and that the people are completely against the war in Iraq... Then the US press reports how foreigners have no respect for the President (gee, I wonder why), and believe that the war is wrong...

They did the same thing to the US after the Tet offensive, making the public believe that the Viet Nam was was unwinnable, and they're trying to do the exact same thing here.

Mark

84 posted on 10/30/2003 2:32:12 AM PST by MarkL (Chiefs 8-0! Wheeeeee!!!!!)
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To: Lady In Blue; Ragtime Cowgirl
Unfortunately, the media won't pay a bit of attention to what Rep. King has said and will continue their harping. I grow more disgusted every day. D*mn them!!

Excellent post, LadyInBlue.
Thanks for the ping, RC.

Bookmarked for mass e-mailing to the media....after I've had a little sleep. My eyelids are at half-mast.
85 posted on 10/30/2003 3:01:40 AM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: Lady In Blue
BTTT
86 posted on 10/30/2003 3:26:50 AM PST by freeangel (freeangel)
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To: Poohbah; Catspaw; ArneFufkin
This would be Peter King, the man vilified as "RINO" over and over and over again on the pages of Free Republic.
87 posted on 10/30/2003 3:35:05 AM PST by Chancellor Palpatine (Dr. Hasslein was the only human character who had any sense in the "Apes" series)
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To: MeeknMing; Admin Moderator
Thanks Meek. Since I can't seem to get the mods off their butts to make a minor change in the resolution on this one, I'm reposting for the sake of clarity:

FGS

88 posted on 10/30/2003 5:22:40 AM PST by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: Lady In Blue
I was wondering when someone would actually SAY it. The American media (not all - the lefties, which constitutes most, I'd say) have had American blood on their hands for a long time now.

Terrorists vote democrat.
89 posted on 10/30/2003 5:30:36 AM PST by PeyersPatches (I have intestinal fortitude)
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To: Lady In Blue
Vietnam redux. I saw it then, and if the media continues on its present course, we will see the same thing in Iraq. It should not come as a surprise to anyone in America that the mainstream press (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, NY Times, LA Times, SF Chronicle, ad nauseum) are vehemently anti-U.S. Those lepers experience some sort of sick sexual gratification at U.S. body counts. Damn them all to hell.
90 posted on 10/30/2003 5:36:30 AM PST by ought-six
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To: Travis McGee
Hawking the ol' book again, eh? Kind of a neat picture, though.
91 posted on 10/30/2003 5:37:50 AM PST by ought-six
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To: Lady In Blue
Thanks for posting this. It really is deeply troubling to watch the main stream media work so hard at spinning Iraq into another Viet Nam. And all for political gain for the leftist.

I am with the Col. 100% but the really disturbing part of this is that the media really doesn't give a rats a$$ about the lives of our military. Never have and never will.

92 posted on 10/30/2003 5:45:37 AM PST by ImpBill ("America! ... Where are you now?")
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To: Lady In Blue
bump
93 posted on 10/30/2003 5:56:18 AM PST by GOPJ
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
This would be Peter King, the man vilified as "RINO" over and over and over again on the pages of Free Republic.

The same Peter King who has shown a marked improvement in ACU rating since, say, 9/11? A rock-ribbed Pubbie from the Tom Delay school he ain't. However, considering he's from a state that elected Hildabeast to the senate...

FGS

94 posted on 10/30/2003 6:00:24 AM PST by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: ForGod'sSake
It's a great one, alright. I 'borrowed' it and uploaded it to my site. Hope ya don't mind.

http://richard.meek.home.comcast.net/LamestreamMediaQuagmireIraq.jpg

I don't think the Mods can alter a post.
That's what they've told me on a couple of different occasions ...


95 posted on 10/30/2003 7:27:35 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: MeeknMing
It's a great one, alright. I 'borrowed' it and uploaded it to my site. Hope ya don't mind.

Not at all; thanks for the compliment.

I don't think the Mods can alter a post. That's what they've told me on a couple of different occasions ...

Izzatso? I wasn't aware of that. I know they can change/alter items in the header/headline area, but...

FGS

96 posted on 10/30/2003 7:35:58 AM PST by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: StACase
The Democrats and the media put a higher priority on getting rid of George Bush than they do on getting rid of international terrorism.

...or on Americans' lives, especially our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. The mainstream press is filled with traitors and useful idiots, just like the Democrat Party.

97 posted on 10/30/2003 8:02:07 AM PST by HenryLeeII
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To: ought-six
Just like Harriet hawked Uncle Tom's Cabin.

If nobody reads it, it's a wasted effort at (in my case) heading off CW2.Sierra Times, an Interview.

98 posted on 10/30/2003 8:03:44 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: ForGod'sSake
Yep. That is what perplexes me as well. They can fix a title on an article they can change the content in an article post, but not on a comment post. Maybe the software is set up that way or maybe it's a policy by FR. Comments can't/won't be altered, only removed if inappropriate.

99 posted on 10/30/2003 8:22:00 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: MeeknMing
Maybe the software is set up that way or maybe it's a policy by FR.

Either/or; it's probably just as well.

Revised and extended Quagmire...

I got a chuckle reading over the anchors', er, diatribe, but then I often laugh at my own jokes...

FGS

100 posted on 10/30/2003 8:56:04 AM PST by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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