The story is by the AP. The same liberal-obama ass-kissing propaganda arm of the Dems that month after month after 2003 had stories about how hated America was, how many soldiers died, how many protesters there were mocking the military.
It’s an election year for their idol and they want to make him look good. The only time the liberal media cared about our military is when they cover deaths, of which they gleefully write about.
Jim Salter, the author of this Associated Press article, has been in my office and we've gone to a local restaurant together. Fort Leonard Wood is part of his coverage area and that means I deal with him directly from time to time. It's not often — at most, a couple of times per year — but it's often enough for me to detect an anti-military agenda.
I do not believe Salter has that agenda.
He is facing the reality of massive cutbacks in the Associated Press and can only cover the most important or urgent of news stories. If anything, he deserves compliments for considering this event to be in that category.
As for the drumbeat reporting of military deaths, I share the concern, but I don't see an easy solution. I've voiced my concern repeatedly to generals and colonels; their response is that even the on-post military newspapers are frustrated that they're not getting news about what the troops are doing that they can print. It got to the point that the wife of one of our former commanding generals publicly complained about the issue, and I don't blame her one bit.
I certainly do not want to ignore deaths of local soldiers, but since we rarely hear what soldiers are doing while deployed unless they're dead, what choice do we have? I'd love to be able to send a reporter to cover the 5th Engineers, 94th Engineers, various MP units, and other deployed military personnel from Fort Leonard Wood, but I can't possibly afford to do that, and the result is I have to rely on the Army's internal news service which is not generating lots of articles about deployed troops from our post.