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Ex-ABC News Head Westin Defends Ban on American Flag Pins Even in 9/11 Aftermath
News Buster.com ^ | May 27, 2012 | Brad Wilmuth

Posted on 05/27/2012 5:44:35 PM PDT by Kaslin

Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN to plug his book, Exit Interview, former ABC News president David Westin recounted his decision to continue barring journalists from wearing American flag lapel pins on air even after the 9/11 attacks, and ended up defending his decision. Westin: (Video at bottom)

And we'd long had a policy at ABC News that we wouldn't let people wear any lapel pins of any sort, the theory being that when you're reporting the news, you should be reporting the news, not taking a position.

And I said quickly, "We're going to stick with our policy and stand by that." And I believe to this day that was the right decision.

In October 2001, Westin's desire to be neutral about the 9/11 attacks went so far that he advised a group of students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism that it was important that he as a journalist should not have a "position" about whether it was "right or wrong" to attack the Pentagon.

Asked by a student, "Do you believe the Pentagon was a legimate military target, even if the missile was not?" Westin responded:

The Pentagon as a legitimate target? I actually don't have an opinion on that. and it's important I not have an opinion on that as I sit here in my capacity right now. The way I conceive my job running a news organization, and the way I would like all the journalists at ABC News to perceive it, is there is a big difference between a normative position and a positive position. Our job is to determine what is, not what ought to be, and, when we get into the job of what ought to be, I think we're not doing a service to the American people.

I can say the Pentagon got hit, I can say this is what their position is, this is what our position is, but for me to take a position this was right or wrong, I mean, that's perhaps for me in my private life, perhaps it's for me dealing with my loved ones, perhaps it's for my minister at church. But, as a journalist, I feel strongly that's something that I should not be taking a position on. I'm supposed to figure out what is and what is not, not what ought to be.

The then-president of ABC later apologized after the MRC drew attention to his words.

Westin, in an email to the MRC in October 2001:

I was wrong. I gave an answer to journalism students to illustrate the broad, academic principle that all journalists should draw a firm line between what they know and what their personal opinion might be.

Upon reflection, I realized that my answer did not address the specifics of September 11. Under any interpretation, the attack on the Pentagon was criminal and entirely without justification. I apologize for any harm that my misstatement may have caused.

MRC Video


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1 posted on 05/27/2012 5:44:41 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Just one more reason to not watch their crappy news.


2 posted on 05/27/2012 5:49:07 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: Kaslin

And in other news, there are people who still watch ABC news. It was most likely the only way people found out that they refuse to wear the American flag pin.


3 posted on 05/27/2012 5:51:51 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: Kaslin

Please pardon the vernacular.........but this idiot is seriously f***ed up.


4 posted on 05/27/2012 5:52:33 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Kaslin

“And we’d long had a policy at ABC News that we wouldn’t let people wear any lapel pins of any sort, the theory being that when you’re reporting the news, you should be reporting the news, not taking a position”

Ha Ha


5 posted on 05/27/2012 5:53:18 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Kaslin

That’s fine with me I don’t want scum-sucking jackasses like that wearing our flag. He doesn’t deserve the privilege.


6 posted on 05/27/2012 5:54:50 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: Kaslin

Commie B@stards!


7 posted on 05/27/2012 5:59:24 PM PDT by broken_arrow1
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To: Kaslin

Sounds like this man has a perfectly acceptable and honorable idea.....if we’re talking about an enemy network from one of our friendly muslim nations.

Stick a swastika in your lapel nitwit.


8 posted on 05/27/2012 6:05:33 PM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: Kaslin
Just compare this traitorous prick with the patriotic correspondents from WWII like Ernie Pyle and others, who extolled the bravery of our fighting men and the cause for which they fought.
9 posted on 05/27/2012 6:12:06 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Kaslin
the theory being that when you're reporting the news, you should be reporting the news, not taking a position

These assholes are so transparent it's ludicrous. I don't understand why they even bother with such absurd statements as anyone who isn't lying to themselves know this is an absolute lie.
10 posted on 05/27/2012 6:14:50 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: Kaslin
..remember also, it was the little boy king that was told it might appear more presidential if you wore an American flag lapel pin when you campaign....
11 posted on 05/27/2012 6:15:52 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: jyro

bingo


12 posted on 05/27/2012 6:16:40 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: jyro

bingo


13 posted on 05/27/2012 6:17:08 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: jyro

bingo


14 posted on 05/27/2012 6:17:48 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: nuconvert

Then why are the taking positions instead of reporting the news?


15 posted on 05/27/2012 6:20:51 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Why stop there, Westin? After all, the “A” in “ABC” stands for “American” and that surely sounds like an indicator of bias. Let’s come up with a new meaning for “A.” I know one that comes to mind almost instantly ... and it describes you too.


16 posted on 05/27/2012 6:39:38 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Elizabeth Warren, 1st Cherokee on the Mayflower?)
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To: Kaslin
former ABC News president David Westin recounted his decision to continue barring journalists from wearing American flag lapel pins on air even after the 9/11 attacks, and ended up defending his decision.

Your own country is attacked and you can't admit you're an American? You're not reporting our news. Don't fool yourself.

17 posted on 05/27/2012 6:47:23 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: RightOnline

I’m with you. How do you defend the indefensible? He needs to be an Ex- American. What a POS!


18 posted on 05/27/2012 6:55:00 PM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: NonValueAdded

ABC news is part of the electronic propaganda arm of the political left, along with CBS, NBC, AP, and CNN. They march in lockstep with most of the print media and several internet sites. The left recognized long ago that they must take control of the media, educational institutions and the entertainment industry in order to further their aims. They were wildly successful (from their point of view), to the detriment of the nation as it was originally envisioned.


19 posted on 05/27/2012 7:29:15 PM PDT by Let_It_Be_So (Once you see the Truth, you cannot "unsee" it, no matter how hard you may try.)
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To: Kaslin

Pathetic drivel I hope no one buys his new book...That is the only reason he got on TV. Old media contacts


20 posted on 05/27/2012 8:27:12 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: Kaslin

“the theory being that when you’re reporting the news, you should be reporting the news, not taking a position.”

The hypocrisy here is so staggering it’s absolutely Orwellian. On second thought, this even strains the limits of Doublethink.


21 posted on 05/27/2012 9:15:22 PM PDT by Spok
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To: Kaslin

The world has really gone crazy, hasn’t it? How dare media try to call the shots! It is Memorial Day weekend, and we should have all our flags flying high in memory and in tribute to the millions who have died for our God given freedom.

Two men face one another, each of them one side of the same coin, each viciously vying for our vote for President. Meanwhile, the King of Kings waits patiently for the people to recognize their helplessness without Him.

The enemy has taken control, and the enemy does not recognize the God of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob, our wondrous Triune God Who brought His people to the new promised land nearly four hundred years ago; people who swore a covenant with Him as He blessed them so richly.

The enemy saw that America was good under God, so he began to undercut Him at every turn with temptations as
s traps to Human flesh and spirit. The enemy grew and grew. The people turned from the wisdom, the Word, of their God to partake in sin, and to bask in ‘their own’ accomplishments.

No man can save this nation! Only God, Who is more powerful than the enemy, and His people can do that. Will people listen? Will they turn from their wicked ways and hunger for the peace which can come only from the Father? Will His spirit awaken theirs in time?

Please read “The Light and the Glory”, by Peter Marshall and David Manuel.

Will we ever again be that shining city upon the hill to he world? That city was lit only by Almighty God! Without God there can be no america.

It is up to me, and it is up to you to re-establish that covenant with our loving maker. The time has grown very short.


22 posted on 05/27/2012 9:26:56 PM PDT by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: Doogle

Galations 5:1.


23 posted on 05/28/2012 10:32:32 AM PDT by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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