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October 27, 2006

Our Military Takes A Stand and Fights Back!

Wild Thing's comment.......Enough is enough! After all the bad press and slanderous news, untrue news the U.S. Department of Defense is standing tall and has created a website called For The Record.............................

October 27, 2006: The U.S. Department of Defense is now taking its requests for corrections public through a website known as For the Record. Here, the Department of Defense is openly calling for corrections from major media outlets, and even noting when they refuse to publish letters to the editor.

The Defense Department has been dealing with a number of misleading stories. From Newsweek's misreporting of a Koran-flushing incident (caused by a detainee, not guards as reported by Newsweek), to claims of prisoner mistreatment (often without context, including one instance where a detainee spat on an interrogator), to a massive rewriting of an embedded reporter's report on the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment's efforts in Tal Afar, by editors of Time magazine, to the revelations about NSA efforts, the DOD has been barraged by numerous stories, many of which were followed by angry editorials.
The DOD is pushing back, not only putting out requests to correct the record (with the refusals published as well), but also citing stories of heroes that the media has failed to cover – usually two or three a week. Among these are accounts of those who have been awarded medals for battlefield bravery, like Navy Cross recipients Robert J. Mitchell Jr. and Bradley A. Kasal, as well as Silver Star recipients Juan M. Rubio, Sarun Sar, Jeremy Church, and Leigh Ann Hester. The DOD has also followed CENTCOM's lead in running pieces on what terrorists actually say – another item largely ignored by the mainstream media.
The Department of Defense is acting in an effort to avoid a repeat of the aftermath of the 1968 Tet Offensive. On the battlefield, American and South Vietnamese forces won a victory – effectively destroying the Viet Cong and crippling North Vietnamese forces in South Vietnam. However, media misreporting, including Walter Cronkite's famous mischaracterization of the war as a "stalemate", took away the victory that had been won on the battlefield. Such a scenario is less likely now, largely due to the presence of the internet (including blogs), talk radio, and other news networks – and the Department of Defense is taking advantage of alternative ways to get around the mainstream media.

Wild Thing's comment.......

I am so excited about this, and so proud of our military for doing this......

Posted by Wild Thing at October 27, 2006 04:57 PM


Thanks for the link, there is no better time for them to fight back than right now. The media has gotten away for too long with their distortion. NBC military affairs correspondent Jim Miklaszewski posed an ill-founded question to Donald Rumsfeld at a Pentagon press briefing yesterday where he apparently asserted that every time a security benchmark has been laid down, the Iraqis have failed to meet it, here is Rummies response, this is why I like the Rumsfeld, Jim Miklaszewski is getting his head sewn back on.

Posted by: Jack at October 27, 2006 10:58 PM

Jack wow thank you so much and for the link too!!!

I am a huge Rummy fan, this is great!

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 28, 2006 06:35 PM