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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

This article in the AP seems wholly contrived to me. Not contrived in that that the troops would be asking tough questions, although I have serious doubts that any soldier would feel it was proper protocol to ask the Sect. of Defense such questions in a public forum, surrounded by reporters. It's called a chain of command, and soldiers live by it.

Rather, what seems contrived here is that the only two questions being reported just happen to be the two complaints that preoccupying MSM talking heads: the first is vehicle armor, a talking point of the Kerry camp during the debates; the second, stop loss, which has been a non-stop media obsession since last week when several soldiers filed a lawsuit demanding an end of service.

The scope of these issues is never presented, just the implicit statement that clearly the Pentagon must be ignoring the needs of our troops. No reporter bothers to explore whether such complaints are genuine issues, or mere complaints. No matter. Now the armchair generals and anti-US "peace-activists" have a talking point to further question our efforts.

Out of what were no doubt numerous questions, the fine "reporters" at the AP just focus on the two they are interested in...still trying to set the agenda for the rest of us. Watch for the MSM to try and gin this one up all day.

BTW in the 2 minutes it has taken me to write this, the story has been edited, moving the complaints to the front of the story, and positioning Rumsfeld's response where it appears to be the most dismissive.

MSM--Supporting our troops by undermining morale at home since the 1960s.

Drudge has the goods. Turns our the questions were indeed planted, by a newspaper reporting embeded with the troops that met with Rumsfeld:

    "I was told yesterday that only soldiers could ask questions so I brought two of them along with me as my escorts. Before hand we worked on questions to ask Rumsfeld about the appalling lack of armor their vehicles going into combat have. While waiting for the VIP, I went and found the Sgt. in charge of the microphone for the question and answer session and made sure he knew to get my guys out of the crowd....I have been trying to get this story out for felt good to hand it off to the national press."
Suppose this has anything to do with the recent public opinion poll that puts journalists towards the bottom of the pool of public trust?