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JOURNALIST WHO FILMED BURNING TALIBAN BODIES SAYS MEDIA GOT IT WRONG
Newsbusters ^ | 10-22-05 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 10/22/2005 7:41:25 PM PDT by freedom4me

There has been a lot of outrage in the media concerning the burning of a couple of dead, Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in early October.

Yet, the Australian journalist who videotaped the proceedings, Stephen Dupont, stated in an interview on National Public Radio yesterday that he believed the bodies were burned purely for reasons of hygiene when the local villagers refused to retrieve them, and that the American soldiers didn't do anything wrong.

Go to bareknucklepolitics.com and follow the link to the NPR interview.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsbusters.org ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; d; desecration; dupont; journalist; npr; oef; stephendupont; taliban
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Once again the MSM has made much ado about nothing.
1 posted on 10/22/2005 7:41:25 PM PDT by freedom4me
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To: freedom4me

bttt


2 posted on 10/22/2005 7:42:38 PM PDT by freedom4me (...Error alone needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.--Thomas Jefferson)
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To: freedom4me
MSM got it wrong?

Who'a thunk it?

3 posted on 10/22/2005 7:44:28 PM PDT by Paladin2 (MSM rioted over Katrina and looted the truth)
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To: freedom4me

btt


4 posted on 10/22/2005 7:45:16 PM PDT by tje
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To: freedom4me
When you hate the military, your first reaction is outrage. Good Riddence to the Stone Age Press

Pray for W and Our Victorious Troops

5 posted on 10/22/2005 7:45:26 PM PDT by bray (Islam IS a terrorist organization)
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To: freedom4me

BTTT


6 posted on 10/22/2005 7:45:47 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: freedom4me

Yeah. Wonder how much MSM play this version will get. They've already got their anti war/US spin out in full so they really could care less about the truth coming out later, and in silence.


7 posted on 10/22/2005 7:46:45 PM PDT by TCats
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To: Paladin2

As usual, a quiet correction of a huge MSM piece of disinformation will not even be read or heard by the vast majority of people around the world who now only know the false story. Indeed, the false story will continue to make its way to millions as propagandists for Islamo-fascism and for Euro-weenies, US leftists, etc. continue to flog the false story forever.


8 posted on 10/22/2005 7:47:08 PM PDT by Enchante (Joe Wilson: I only have two wives I'm willing to admit to....)
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To: Mo1; radioproducer

*ping a ling*


9 posted on 10/22/2005 7:48:23 PM PDT by tiredoflaundry (Tampa Bay Area, East Pasco County)
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To: freedom4me

bttt


10 posted on 10/22/2005 7:49:11 PM PDT by freedom4me (...Error alone needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.--Thomas Jefferson)
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To: freedom4me

How do you fight a war these days with the kind of shit the President and DOD has to put up with?


11 posted on 10/22/2005 7:49:26 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: freedom4me

OK, wasn't there an episode of "Over There" with the same storyline?


12 posted on 10/22/2005 7:50:41 PM PDT by blu (People, for God's sake, think for yourselves!)
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To: tiredoflaundry

That media would be Time Magazine , right??

Aren't they the same ones that started the trouble about the Koran also?


13 posted on 10/22/2005 7:53:14 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Texas Songwriter
"How do you fight a war these days ..."

You don't, if the Left and the Enemy have their way. That is the major objective of the misuse of the First Amendment - To undermine from within and destroy our will.

14 posted on 10/22/2005 7:53:20 PM PDT by TCats
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To: freedom4me
The MSM got the story wrong.

(yet again)

Imagine that.

15 posted on 10/22/2005 7:57:03 PM PDT by tgslTakoma
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Dead bodies BLOT then SMELL, what the fxck? I would have burned them too.


16 posted on 10/22/2005 7:57:05 PM PDT by VastRWCon
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To: Mo1
To be honest I'm not sure which one had the "initial" story. But, It wouldn't surprise me in the least if it was Time Mag.
17 posted on 10/22/2005 8:00:22 PM PDT by tiredoflaundry (Tampa Bay Area, East Pasco County)
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To: Texas Songwriter

What bothers me most is that the DOD is investigating this, like its some crime or something. They burned some dead bodies, who gives a sh!t.


18 posted on 10/22/2005 8:00:43 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: freedom4me
Been watching the Spanish version of CNN here in Panama for the past few months. There is very little reporting on the war in Iraq, but this story is being shown almost everyday. Too many people in the world want to believe the worst about our military and the MSM helps them with their biased reporting.

I think this reporter shot himself in the foot as far as ever working with American troops again. Our guys have always distrusted them and once they violate that trust they are done.
19 posted on 10/22/2005 8:03:51 PM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: freedom4me
Thats odd. On Special Report W/ Brit Hume they showed this guy saying on a BBC interview he thought this was done to "antagonize" and "smoke out" members of the Taliban. And now a total 180. He must of gotten the Kevin Sites treatment. A hostile inbox
20 posted on 10/22/2005 8:05:02 PM PDT by slowhand520
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To: freedom4me
One talking head made a great point...he said that if we say it's okay to burn the bodies, then the next thing will be chopping up body parts and etc. Even though the soldiers may have had their reasons for burning the bodies, we don't want to condone it and say it's okay and soldiers can burn as many bodies as they want to - when they want to.

Another talking head I heard mentioned how Americans felt when our soldiers bodies were burned in Somalia. He made a good point with his comparison. Also, dead bodies themselves don't spread disease unless they died from some sort of plauge...

21 posted on 10/22/2005 8:05:03 PM PDT by Born in a Rage
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To: Husker24

If they did not investigate it and were not squeaky clean, the MSM would crucify Rumsfield, Bush, Cheney, DoD. All the while they are having to deal with the dems, the MSM, and half of the base on Meirs. They have to keep a lot of balls in the air to do it right. I suspect if the truth were known, at the end of his tenure, Bush would like to smile into the cameras and give the MSM the middle finger and a vertical smile after he dropped his drawers.


22 posted on 10/22/2005 8:05:39 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: freedom4me

Just supporting the troops, as usual.


23 posted on 10/22/2005 8:06:34 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Texas Songwriter
How do you fight a war these days with the kind of shit the President and DOD has to put up with?

First, you have to keep the mutineers in line.

24 posted on 10/22/2005 8:07:33 PM PDT by WildTurkey (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: Texas Songwriter

Agreed. Fighting a war in this PC age is incredibly difficult.

Can you imagine FDR giving an order to Amerian soldiers in the Pacific to be sensitive to Japanese customs?!!

Can you image if FDR had to deal with the 24 hour news cycle?

More than 1,000 guys were killed in a training exercise before D-Day. Can you imagine what today's media would do with a story like that?

In the midst of the bad news, I was encouraged today when I read that the morale amongst the soldiers is high. God bless them and their familes.

I know that the internet makes a difference.


25 posted on 10/22/2005 8:07:34 PM PDT by freedom4me (...Error alone needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.--Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Mo1
It was newsweak. The only reason that I remembered this, was that it came up on Brit's AllStar segment.

LLS
26 posted on 10/22/2005 8:13:51 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: Born in a Rage

Run a Google on cholora.

Problems such as these didn't happen when we used napalm.


27 posted on 10/22/2005 8:16:41 PM PDT by Cvengr (<;^))
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To: freedom4me

Are you telling me that the Liberal MSM LIED to me AGAIN!?!?


28 posted on 10/22/2005 8:17:35 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (We Gave Peace A Chance. It Didn't Work Out. Search keyword: 09-11-01.)
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To: freedom4me

Bump


29 posted on 10/22/2005 8:17:35 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: slowhand520

"On Special Report W/ Brit Hume they showed this guy saying on a BBC interview he thought this was done to "antagonize" and "smoke out" members of the Taliban."

The burning of the bodies was done for hygienic reasons. But a psychological team did use this to antagonize the Taliban. ( I have no issues with that ).

Two different incidences that were melted together by the media to give a false , misleading story.


30 posted on 10/22/2005 8:21:10 PM PDT by Peace will be here soon ((Liberal definition of looting: "Self-help Humanitarian Aid."))
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To: freedom4me

MSM attempting to make our Military look bad once again. What is their problem?


31 posted on 10/22/2005 8:22:55 PM PDT by Dustbunny (Main Stream Media -- Making 'Max Headroom' a reality.)
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To: Enchante

This is no different from the Koran toilet-flush story, in which Newsweek was held "accontable" by having to retract the story, say sorry, and have it all forgotten 5 minutes later. This will turn out the same way.


32 posted on 10/22/2005 8:22:58 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("Sharpei diem - Seize the wrinkled dog.")
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To: Born in a Rage

"Also, dead bodies themselves don't spread disease unless they died from some sort of plauge..."

Dead bodies are easy breeding grounds for diseases carried by rats and other vermin. They DO spread diseases. Read about the Black plague and other disease based disasters.


33 posted on 10/22/2005 8:24:16 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: freedom4me

34 posted on 10/22/2005 8:26:03 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed)
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To: Dustbunny

Yep. All they'll report about the military is that they're poorly trained, unprofessional, and sadistic. But I'm violating a golden rule of the land if I call them on their lack of patriotism and dislike of the guys on the ground over there.


35 posted on 10/22/2005 8:29:13 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("Sharpei diem - Seize the wrinkled dog.")
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To: Born in a Rage
Also, dead bodies themselves don't spread disease unless they died from some sort of plauge...

Who are you kidding?

36 posted on 10/22/2005 8:32:58 PM PDT by tertiary01 (For every Act of God, the Libs will demand a human sacrifice.)
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To: freedom4me

Much ado about nothing? Well, yeah, if you understand that most of the things warped and anachronistic religions like Islam believe are "nothing". To civilized people this IS nothing. But it has caused another huge P.R. problem for the U.S. at a time we surely don't need one. With our allies in Pakistan and Afghanistan in particular.

Could they not have buried the bodies? No shovels? Could they not have picked them up and carried them a hundred yards or so away? This was a very stupid thing to do in terms of public relations. On the other hand, it would be nice if the Pentagon would stop acting like it really gives a s#@t about the corpse disposal expectations of a couple of Taliban barbarians.

I suggest we tell the world these un-p.c. personell have been re-deployed so they can cause no more offense. Say Pearl Harbor or San Diego.


37 posted on 10/22/2005 8:33:54 PM PDT by Burr5
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To: Texas Songwriter

Ain't that the friggin truth!


38 posted on 10/22/2005 8:33:58 PM PDT by RatRipper
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To: Americanexpat
War stories.
Who vetted this embed in the first place?


I see you've time in war zones. In VN, there were rules for reporters. While there, reporters were under jurisdiction of MACV. Helped little then too.
39 posted on 10/22/2005 8:40:30 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (I once opposed keelhauling but recently have come to my senses.)
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To: Enchante

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As usual, a quiet correction of a huge MSM piece of disinformation will not even be read or heard by the vast majority of people around the world who now only know the false story.
<<

I just saw an advert on TV for a drug called Enbrel. The ad was clearly a response to a legal challenge of the content of an earlier ad that apparently contained mild exaggerations about the product -- you, know -- like all advertising. Can you imagine if the ACLU focused its energy on policing accuracy in the MSM, instead of hassling companies who actually make products people want and need?


40 posted on 10/22/2005 8:45:20 PM PDT by noblejones
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To: tertiary01

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Also, dead bodies themselves don't spread disease unless they died from some sort of plauge...
<<

Ease up, man. We all know dead bodies are sterile. Hell, you could eat off of them. I do.


41 posted on 10/22/2005 8:47:43 PM PDT by noblejones
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To: freedom4me

Why is the U.S. even bothering to respond to this? Who gives a crap about how a terrorist scumbag's body is disposed of? We went over to kill as many Taliban and Al Queda as possible, to avenge the victims of 9/11. We didn't go over there to agonize over Muslim burial rites. I am so sick of the limp-wristed defensiveness of this Administration.


42 posted on 10/22/2005 8:53:51 PM PDT by montag813
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To: freedom4me

Why am I NOT surprised?


43 posted on 10/22/2005 8:54:01 PM PDT by kalee
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To: slowhand520
Oh, yeah, saw that too. And wasn't there video (with translation) of soldiers reading taunting messages over some type of amplifier device? Or did we each have simultaneous delusions?

Maybe it's a combination of events: dead, stenchy bodies, which the military decided to burn. And then psyops guys figured they might as well use the "occasion."

Question is: Is using the "occasion" for psyops purposes against military regulations?

44 posted on 10/22/2005 8:59:27 PM PDT by mumps
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To: Texas Songwriter
How do you fight a war these days with the kind of shit the President and DOD has to put up with?

The answer sadly, may be that you can't. Not and win. Once again our media acts as the propaganda arm of the enemy. Vietnam deja vu. Once again we may win in the field and loose at the dinner table.
45 posted on 10/22/2005 9:03:22 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: BIGLOOK
I remember having a TV crew and a reporter along with us on one op. We were moving through a village. I was the platoon sergeant and as my troops moved through the ville I looked back and one of my troops was trying to use his zippo to set fire to one of the hootch's. I jumped his butt and asked him what the hell he was doing. He said the reporter told him to set the hooch afire. I put their asses on the next chopper that came in.

He complained to my chain of command and it went down hill from there until I explained to the colonel what had actually happened. Never heard anymore about it and we never took them on ops with us again.
46 posted on 10/22/2005 9:06:19 PM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: freedom4me
Once again the MSM has made much ado about nothing.

I disagree. The LSM has done a lot. Especially for those sheeple who get their news only from the LSM.

47 posted on 10/22/2005 9:06:57 PM PDT by upchuck (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON! Rumsfeld: go kick butt and fix this!!)
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To: freedom4me

Kudos to Mr. DuPont for helping to right a wrong rather than cashing in as some have done in his position.


48 posted on 10/22/2005 9:07:17 PM PDT by Ethan_Allen1777
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To: Paladin2

Of course the American wing of al Qaeda did not get it wrong. They played it just the way they wanted to.

If the US losing the War on Terror is the costs of a Dim president in 2008, it is a price they will willingly pay.


49 posted on 10/22/2005 9:09:12 PM PDT by JLS
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To: varmintxer

Just heard on radio Rummy saying that he would be very disappointed if it were true that bodies were burned. Or something to that effect. This G--D--- PC crap is going to wind up with us getting our butts kicked.

Yah that the ticket Rummy, lets punish our brave soldiers so we don't damage out reputation around the world. This is disgusting. But that's just me.


50 posted on 10/22/2005 9:10:16 PM PDT by Mr Cobol (If you pay property taxes you don't OWN that land, you are just a RENTER.)
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