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Relatives of Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Decry Lack of Coverage Amid Jackson Spectacle
Foxnews.com ^ | July 07 2009 | Joshua Rhett Miller

Posted on 07/07/2009 8:04:46 AM PDT by whodathunkit

A day before New York Rep. Peter King called Michael Jackson a “pervert” unworthy of nonstop media coverage, the aunt of a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan on the same day Jackson died asked why her nephew's death went virtually unnoticed while the King of Pop got memorial shrines across the country.

"Mr. Jackson received days of wall-to-wall coverage in the media," Martha Gillis wrote to the Washington Post. "Where was the coverage of my nephew or the other soldiers who died that week?"

Gillis' nephew, Lt. Brian Bradshaw, 24, died in Kheyl, Afganistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Bradshaw, of Steilacoom, Wash., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division in Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was one of at least 13 U.S. soldiers to die in Afghanistan since Jackson's death on June 25.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; fallen; jackson; killed; mediabias; militaryfamilies; oef; popculture; soldier
Heros vs. zeros. This is what we are up against, Freepers.
1 posted on 07/07/2009 8:04:46 AM PDT by whodathunkit
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To: whodathunkit

Prayer for the family and friends of Lt. Brian Bradshaw.


2 posted on 07/07/2009 8:09:41 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("The fiat of the Almighty, "Let there be Light," has not yet spent its force." - Frederick Douglass)
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To: whodathunkit

Sorry for their loss,

Are the other 12 families commenting?


3 posted on 07/07/2009 8:11:37 AM PDT by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: whodathunkit
Dear Ms Gillis

Rest assured those in the U.S. that do pay attention to what matters noticed. They also offered prayers for both the Soldier and his family.

Please don't confuse the so-called mass media as important, it's not.

Signed
Grateful Nation (a couple of hundred million citizens)

4 posted on 07/07/2009 8:12:13 AM PDT by ASOC (Who is that fat lady? And why is she singing???)
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To: whodathunkit

apparently, in hte media- pedophiles are more newsworthy than those who are givign hteir lives for our freedom


5 posted on 07/07/2009 8:15:36 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: whodathunkit

What? You mean the AP hasn’t sent their photogs to Dover to shoot the coffins being unloaded from Obama’s war? The Democrats insisted that the Defense Dept. change its policy of privacy for military families, you know.


6 posted on 07/07/2009 8:16:05 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: whodathunkit

This is what this country has come to and the media decides what they think we need to watch. I have my tv off right now because I’m not participating in the ratings.


7 posted on 07/07/2009 8:16:59 AM PDT by coconut47
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To: whodathunkit

Have the libs counted the military deaths under Obama like they did with Bush? That was such a concern of there’s. Where are they now?


8 posted on 07/07/2009 8:18:35 AM PDT by coconut47
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To: kittymyrib

Exactly!

This is Obama’s war now and the media won’t do anything to upset the applecart.


9 posted on 07/07/2009 8:20:49 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: whodathunkit

There’s a war? OMG!!!!


10 posted on 07/07/2009 8:22:25 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: edcoil

One of the soldiers killed on the 4th, his Dad was on twitter posting about his death. It has taken this long to get the official news out.


11 posted on 07/07/2009 8:30:51 AM PDT by boxerblues
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To: whodathunkit

The media only reveled in the deaths in Iraq when President Bush was in office.

There will be NO coverage of our losses in Afghanistan other than a fleeting mention in between bashing Palin and glorifying wacko-jacko.


12 posted on 07/07/2009 8:34:35 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: whodathunkit

Good for them - but on this day of Whacko Jacko veneration, will this even play on Fox??? I think not...too sad, SO bad...


13 posted on 07/07/2009 8:36:17 AM PDT by matginzac
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From the article...

... King called the "day in and day out" coverage of Jackson's death "too politically correct." "Let's knock out the psychobabble," he said in the video, which was taped outside an American Legion Hall in his district. "He was a pervert, a child molester; he was a pedophile. And to be giving this much coverage to him, day in and day out, what does it say about us as a country?...

I agree that Jackson was perverted and those who are glorifying him deserve our contempt. Those who do not hold our military in the highest esteem deserve our contempt as well.

Heros or zeros, the battle line is drawn. Political correctness is dead.

14 posted on 07/07/2009 8:44:55 AM PDT by whodathunkit (Shrugging as I leave for the Gulch)
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To: whodathunkit

Too right...


15 posted on 07/07/2009 8:51:30 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: whodathunkit
It was a particularly heinous because it was Independence Day weekend.
MJ was a media creation. Others wrote his songs, others choreographed his dances, others directed his videos. He was manufactured; it is not wonder that he thought he needed to recreate his own looks. He was a poster child for self-multilation. It is no wonder that so many young people have issues with their bodies when he was the media standard of excellence. He is an American tragedy.
It is another American tragedy that the media can only recognize that their creation is newsworthy when there is true heroism in this country that has been virtually ignored.
The MSM has proven how corrupt and vacuous and self-serving it is with their coverage of the death of MJ. His death should be viewed as a cautionary tale, not a laudatory tale.
16 posted on 07/07/2009 9:01:02 AM PDT by madinmadtown (Nuclear...better to mispronounce it, than not understand it.)
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To: madinmadtown
MJ was a media creation.

I agree. When accepted that the media has the power to do this to a person, it is incumbent upon the individuals to protect themselves and their country against this madness.

17 posted on 07/07/2009 9:09:51 AM PDT by whodathunkit (Shrugging as I leave for the Gulch)
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To: whodathunkit

Zeros that the MSM and the Hollywood promotional machine have propelled to Godlike status.

The Country and the World are in the toilet and will be taught a serious lesson for what is being perpetrated in the name of ‘Art’ and ‘Culture’. I for one cannot wait for it to begin.


18 posted on 07/07/2009 9:44:26 AM PDT by TCats
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