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.