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In case you missed it, starting yesterday CNN has been running video shot by insurgent snipers as they targeted US troops in Baghdad. According to CNN, the video was created by an organization called the "Islamic Army," and their story said the Islamic Army wants to run a P.R. campaign to discourage and dishearten Americans. So of course, CNN has been obliging them by broadcasting the video and putting it on their website. It's sickening to tune into American news and see the enemy's view through a telephoto lens, listen to the enemy sniper and spotter discuss the shot (translated by CNN's reporter), hear the shot taken, and see the soldier keel over. I'd expect this from Al-Jazeera, but not CNN.

Where I come from, that's aiding and abetting the enemy. It worked in Vietnam, Beirut, and Somalia, and it's what they're after in Iraq. You can also be sure that the bad guys will be encouraged by the idea that they can kill American soldiers and get it on American news. Expect more of our soldiers and Marines to die because of this.

I've got a son-in-law serving over there, and a son in the infantry headed into Iraq any day now. It sickens me to think of parents of soldiers killed by snipers watching CNN in horror, wondering if it's their son's death they're seeing exploited by American media.

CNN, of course, has its nose in the air bragging about its journalistic integrity and how important it is that we see the story. Personally, I disagree. If this sickens you as much as it does me, join me in my boycott of CNN. Maybe if they become the Dixie Chicks of the news business they'll remember what side they're on.

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Uh, ok, this will be an easy one for me as I never watch CNN.

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Be an easy one for me too. I don't get TV. They are actually showing clips of our guy's being shot? I think that all news medias should not be able to show anything not approved by the military. Either that or throw them the hell out altogether. War is an ulgy thing, on both sides. No need for that garbage!

Best of luck to your son and son-in-law. I have a nephew there and a lady friends son on his third tour there.

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Just the thought of CNN running film clips like that makes me ill.

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It sickens me that they would drop that low. The world would be in an uproar if the USA showed the effects of it's snipers teams over there.

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Sadly our media today has just become too anti-american. Since Vietnam they spend more time showing the damage that the war does to civilians, rather than the sacrifice we are making to bring freedom and democracy to a society that has been liberated from marshall law and ruthless dictators.

There was a generation long ago and a time well before mine when news photographers and cameramen were respectful enough that they would not show the faces of dead allied (especially American) troops as they remain on the battlefield. Boy how times have changed.

There is an old film reel that was shot by the japanese in the days around Dec 7th 1941when they captured one of the many islands in the south pacific where we had a US Army outpost. It shows "Old Glory" being lowered from a flag pole at a captured base onto the ground by japanese troops and then lifted partially off of the ground by the foot of one of the japanese soldiers. Having been raised to believe that we were the victors in the second world war, I had no idea, until doing a little research, that the allies had suffered a series of humiliating defeates early on in the war. I remembered how I felt the very first time I saw this footage, outraged and defeated, and I'm not even from that generation. That's what any patriotic American would feel having seen footage like that. Sadly today there are a great many Americans who would not feel bad at all seeing that footage. sad

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You can't watch any news station on TV without being subjected to the political standpoint of whatever station it is.

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I can't stand watching CNN either, it's the only one offered on my system! I only read internet news and I find most of that disgraceful too.

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I think that all news medias should not be able to show anything not approved by the military.

haven't we fought wars to stop censorship. I am not saying that what cnn is doing is in good taste, but censorship is just plain wrong.

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The military has a long history of restraining the press when our national security is at stake. That has always been one instance where we as a nation accept restraints on the media. No one would have a problem with preventing the New York Times from printing critical details of nuclear weapons or detailed vulnerabilities that would enable someone to shoot down B-2 bombers. So I think it's a valid question to ask if restraint should be used to prevent our enemies from waging an information campaign to destroy our ability to wage war. Loss of national will is more critical than the loss of a ship or bomber, and attacks like the sniper video are no different than attacks launched with other weapon systems.[/img]

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Been thinking about this and not sure that CNN is the one to go after, it would do no good. CNN is a business that sells a product. The product is advertising, not news. To sell advertising, they have to report news that sells. Pretty sorry statement about what americans like to watch! They have a big viewing public, the advertisers spend more money. The advertisers don't care what they report, only how many viewers they reach. Letters to their advertisers might do a better job of toning them down. And I'm talking about major advertisers. None of them, advertisers or news media, care what the quiet majority thinks, it's just business.

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