Letters to the Editor

President: Media must show respect

I am finally angry enough to write a letter. All of you news managers, editors and producers are so overwhelmed by the zing that is in negatives that you judge positives to be not newsworthy. Recently someone in Iraq composed a letter summing up some of the things these troops (and their leaders) had accomplished. He permitted (maybe encouraged) others to copy it and send it to people at home. Some did. And some people became informed of these deeds that were obscurely or not featured by the general media.

A lot has been said, shown and written about this letter — all copies are the same. It was composed by someone senior in rank to some or many who signed and sent it. It emphasizes personal pride in the job done (good morale) instead of emphasizing that a lot of them would have better morale if they were home. Not much time or prominent space is given to the good deeds set out in the letter. That just wouldn’t fit the negative/National Enquirer mentality that prevails in the media.

I was on Okinawa when World War 11 ended. It took 10,000 lives to get there. We planned to invade Japan. The A-bomb worked and we did not have to invade, but we were ready and we were a threat. Today’s media would emphasize that the president knew about the A-bomb and that he should not have allowed the expensive Okinawa operation to take place and they would find some experts to back this up and fill a lot of space. Or maybe that the president was surprised by the effectiveness of the A- bomb and shouldn’t have been. Whatever.

I would like to see the media get its head above the political and National Enquirer cesspool and maybe be a little more patriotically oriented. And, by the way, respect the president. This is not spelled C-l-i-n-t-o-n or B-u-s-h, it is spelled THE P R E S I D E N T . Media respect for the President of these United States is essential to international respect for the USA. And that would make all of our jobs a little easier.

George Hammett

Col. USAF (Ret.)

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