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RUMSFELD SET UP; REPORTER PLANTED QUESTIONS WITH SOLDIER (DRUDGE SIREN)
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Posted on 12/09/2004 9:22:17 AM PST by Nascardude

Edited on 12/09/2004 10:05:10 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

RUMSFELD SET UP; REPORTER PLANTED QUESTIONS WITH SOLIDER
Thu Dec 09 2004 11:49:38 ET

Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter Edward Lee Pitts is embedded with the 278th Regimental Combat Team, now in Kuwait preparing to enter Iraq, and is filing articles for his newspaper. Pitts claims in a purported email that he coached soldiers to ask Defense Secretary Rumsfeld questions!

From: EDWARD LEE PITTS, Chattanooga Times Free Press military reporter
Sent: Wednesday, December 8, 2004 4:44 PM
To: Staffers

Subject: RE: Way to go

I just had one of my best days as a journalist today. As luck would have it, our journey North was delayed just long enough see I could attend a visit today here by Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. I was told yesterday that only soldiers could ask questions so I brought two of them along with me as my escorts. Before hand we worked on questions to ask Rumsfeld about the appalling lack of armor their vehicles going into combat have. While waiting for the VIP, I went and found the Sgt. in charge of the microphone for the question and answer session and made sure he knew to get my guys out of the crowd.

So during the Q&A session, one of my guys was the second person called on. When he asked Rumsfeld why after two years here soldiers are still having to dig through trash bins to find rusted scrap metal and cracked ballistic windows for their Humvees, the place erupted in cheers so loud that Rumsfeld had to ask the guy to repeat his question. Then Rumsfeld answered something about it being "not a lack of desire or money but a logistics/physics problem." He said he recently saw about 8 of the special up-armored Humvees guarding Washington, DC, and he promised that they would no longer be used for that and that he would send them over here. Then he asked a three star general standing behind him, the commander of all ground forces here, to also answer the question. The general said it was a problem he is working on.

The great part was that after the event was over the throng of national media following Rumsfeld- The New York Times, AP, all the major networks -- swarmed to the two soldiers I brought from the unit I am embedded with. Out of the 1,000 or so troops at the event there were only a handful of guys from my unit b/c the rest were too busy prepping for our trip north. The national media asked if they were the guys with the armor problem and then stuck cameras in their faces. The NY Times reporter asked me to email him the stories I had already done on it, but I said he could search for them himself on the Internet and he better not steal any of my lines. I have been trying to get this story out for weeks- as soon as I foud out I would be on an unarmored truck- and my paper published two stories on it. But it felt good to hand it off to the national press. I believe lives are at stake with so many soldiers going across the border riding with scrap metal as protection. It may be to late for the unit I am with, but hopefully not for those who come after.

The press officer in charge of my regiment, the 278th, came up to me afterwords and asked if my story would be positive. I replied that I would write the truth. Then I pointed at the horde of national media pointing cameras and mics at the 278th guys and said he had bigger problems on his hands than the Chattanooga Times Free Press. This is what this job is all about - people need to know. The solider who asked the question said he felt good b/c he took his complaints to the top. When he got back to his unit most of the guys patted him on the back but a few of the officers were upset b/c they thought it would make them look bad. From what I understand this is all over the news back home.

Thanks,

Lee

EDWARD LEE PITTS FILED STORY ABOUT THE TROOPS BEFORE THE POW-WOW WITH RUMSFELD

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1 posted on 12/09/2004 9:22:17 AM PST by Nascardude
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To: Nascardude

Rush talking about this now.


2 posted on 12/09/2004 9:23:03 AM PST by J. Worthington Witfellow (Be sure you cross the swamp before you taunt the gators)
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To: Nascardude

Will they ever learn? Why am I not surprised?
The MSM has gone off the deep end..........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


3 posted on 12/09/2004 9:23:34 AM PST by Bush Revolution (God Bless America...Home of the Brave)
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To: J. Worthington Witfellow
Hmmm.........

Waiting....

4 posted on 12/09/2004 9:23:37 AM PST by Lurking in Kansas (;&Uj/  ....If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand)
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To: Nascardude

This is all that's up there for now. When he posts more, I'll add it to this thread


5 posted on 12/09/2004 9:23:50 AM PST by Nascardude
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To: Nascardude

Was it Dan Rather in disguise?


6 posted on 12/09/2004 9:23:53 AM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
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To: Nascardude

Well, well.


7 posted on 12/09/2004 9:24:10 AM PST by Constitution Day (Please keep Freeper TomServo in your prayers today.)
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To: Nascardude; Mo1; Howlin; Peach; BeforeISleep; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; RandallFlagg; ...
Un F'n REAL!!!

I bet that's the last time that reporter gets into a DoD presser.

8 posted on 12/09/2004 9:24:28 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: Nascardude; hchutch

Whoopsie. Looks like the media hasn't figured it out yet.


9 posted on 12/09/2004 9:24:38 AM PST by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: Nascardude

That soldier is still an idiot. What good does telling the enemy those trucks aren't armored in a public serve? More people will die now because that idiot pointed out a weak point.


10 posted on 12/09/2004 9:25:02 AM PST by Minus_The_Bear
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To: Nascardude

I'LL BE ACCEPTING APOLOGIES FROM OTHER THREAD, THANK YOU.


11 posted on 12/09/2004 9:25:04 AM PST by marty60
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To: Poohbah

Turns a passionate question into insubordination.


12 posted on 12/09/2004 9:25:27 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Nascardude

whats a solider?


13 posted on 12/09/2004 9:25:27 AM PST by chudogg (www.chudogg.blogspot.com)
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To: Nascardude

Rush just had it as well!


14 posted on 12/09/2004 9:25:29 AM PST by gopwinsin04
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To: Nascardude

I'm betting Reuters or Cnn...........


15 posted on 12/09/2004 9:26:11 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: Nascardude

Who is the reporter...we need name(s)!


16 posted on 12/09/2004 9:26:57 AM PST by newfreep
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Turns a passionate question into insubordination.

Oh, yes, that's right!

Everyone is SO f***ed.

17 posted on 12/09/2004 9:27:12 AM PST by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: Nascardude

More from Drudge:


From: [Chattanooga Times Free Press military reporter] Pitts, Lee
Sent: Wednesday, December 8, 2004 4:44 PM
To: [Chattanooga Times Free Press staffers]

Subject: RE: Way to go

I just had one of my best days as a journalist today. As luck would have it, our journey North was delayed just long enough see I could attend a visit today here by Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. I was told yesterday that only soldiers could ask questions so I brought two of them along with me as my escorts. Before hand we worked on questions to ask Rumsfeld about the appalling lack of armor their vehicles going into combat have. While waiting for the VIP, I went and found the Sgt. in charge of the microphone for the question and answer session and made sure he knew to get my guys out of the crowd.

So during the Q&A session, one of my guys was the second person called on. When he asked Rumsfeld why after two years here soldiers are still having to dig through trash bins to find rusted scrap metal and cracked ballistic windows for their Humvees, the place erupted in cheers so loud that Rumsfeld had to ask the guy to repeat his question. Then Rumsfeld answered something about it being "not a lack of desire or money but a logistics/physics problem." He said he recently saw about 8 of the special up-armored Humvees guarding Washington, DC, and he promised that they would no longer be used for that and that he would send them over here. Then he asked a three star general standing behind him, the commander of all ground forces here, to also answer the question. The general said it was a problem he is working on.

The great part was that after the event was over the throng of national media following Rumsfeld- The New York Times, AP, all the major networks -- swarmed to the two soldiers I brought from the unit I am embedded with. Out of the 1,000 or so troops at the event there were only a handful of guys from my unit b/c the rest were too busy prepping for our trip north. The national media asked if they were the guys with the armor problem and then stuck cameras in their faces. The NY Times reporter asked me to email him the stories I had already done on it, but I said he could search for them himself on the Internet and he better not steal any of my lines. I have been trying to get this story out for weeks- as soon as I foud out I would be on an unarmored truck- and my paper published two stories on it. But it felt good to hand it off to the national press. I believe lives are at stake with so many soldiers going across the border riding with scrap metal as protection. It may be to late for the unit I am with, but hopefully not for those who come after.

The press officer in charge of my regiment, the 278th, came up to me afterwords and asked if my story would be positive. I replied that I would write the truth. Then I pointed at the horde of national media pointing cameras and mics at the 278th guys and said he had bigger problems on his hands than the Chattanooga Times Free Press. This is what this job is all about - people need to know. The solider who asked the question said he felt good b/c he took his complaints to the top. When he got back to his unit most of the guys patted him on the back but a few of the officers were upset b/c they thought it would make them look bad. From what I understand this is all over the news back home.

Thanks,

Lee


18 posted on 12/09/2004 9:27:27 AM PST by Republican Red (A Global Freak'n Test ???????)
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To: Nascardude

Should have guessed something was up. This morning there was a soundbite on ABC radio with the mom or wife or sister (can't remember) saying "If he says he didn't have supplies he didn'thave supplies". Fine, but why would anyone have doubted he was shooting straight in the first place?


19 posted on 12/09/2004 9:27:27 AM PST by Rippin
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To: chudogg

Not something now in that young man's pants, I'm thinking.


20 posted on 12/09/2004 9:27:36 AM PST by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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