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Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in Blog, Essays, Politics, Rants and Raves, What's Left | 10 comments

Where’s Your Outrage? Where’s Your Decency?

 

 

You’re looking at one of the last photos ever taken of James Foley.

He was a war correspondent who reported on the Syrian Civil War.

On August 19, 2014, some 44 days after being captured and taken into captivity by ISIS, he was forced to his knees at an undisclosed location in the desert.  An evil man wrapped in a black turban wielded a mighty sword, lifted his instrument of death towards a gorgeous blue sky, and then thrust the blade violently downward, instantly severing off the head of an American.

James Foley was 40 years old.  [READ MORE HERE]

 

 

You’re looking at a picture of Chauncey Bailey.

He was a reporter for The Oakland Post, who regularly covered events within the African-American community.  Bailey was highly-respected by peers and readers alike for his tireless work ethic.  He was particularly adept at uncovering local corruption and was then working on a story that was particularly sensitive to people known for violence.

On August 2, 2007, Bailey was walking from his apartment to work, just as he did every morning.  While strolling up 14th Street, a lone gunman wearing black clothing and a ski mask approached Bailey and blasted three bullets into his body, which killed the journalist instantly.

Chauncey Bailey was 57.  [READ MORE HERE]

 

 

You’re looking at a photo of Cynthia Elbaum.

She was a correspondent with Time magazine assigned to the war in Chechnya.

Elbaum worked as a photojournalist.  She captured the horrors of that terrible failed war for independence in the breakaway state of Chechnya.  Elbaum was particularly remarkable for her courage, not just a willingness to risk her life in one of the world’s most dangerous regions, but also because she was one of the few female journalists daily in the line of fire.

She paid the ultimate price to bring us news, sending back images that most of us barely gave a glance at, perhaps only for a few fleeting seconds while parsing through an old issue of Time while waiting in a doctor’s office.  We don’t think much of the dangers and sacrifices it took to bring us the things we read and see.  We’re oblivious to those risks taken by the brave.

Cynthia Elbaum was 28.  [READ MORE HERE]

 

 

You’re looking at a picture of Michael Kelly.

He wrote from The Washington Post and The New York Times.

On April 3, 2003, Kelly was traveling in a Humvee along with American troops dispatched to a war zone in Iraq.  The vehicle hit a land mine, and exploded into flames, killing everyone trapped inside — including Kelly.  Thus, he became the first journalist who was killed in Iraq.

Michael Kelly was 46.  He left behind a wife and two children.  [READ MORE HERE]

 

 

You’re looking at the wall of the Newseum’s Journalists Memorial, in Washington, DC.  This is just a partial collection of members of the media who have been killed doing their jobs.

Indeed, this could be a much longer article.  In fact, it could stretch on and on with hundreds of thousands of words.  In all, a total of 2,291 writers, journalists, photographers, cameramen, and other members of the media have been killed in the line of duty.

Two-thousand, two-hundred,, ninety-one.  Let that figure sink in.

The 2,291 gave their lives largely out of insatiable curiosities to which we — the readers and viewers — were the ungrateful beneficiaries.  Rarely thanked, but so often criticized, they trekked into zones where others dared not to travel.  They asked questions others dared not to ask.  They took photo and video of events that were not supposed to be seen.

The least one might expect for this work and those who do their best follow in their hollowed footsteps is — a little respect.

 

 

You’re looking at the screen shot of the tweet that was sent out yesterday by the President of the United States.

He called the mainstream news media, “the enemy of the American People!”

I have received a fair amount of criticism lately for my harsh words and many of the brutal things I’ve said about President Trump.  I recognize that my actions and use of language is not suited for all tastes.  However, as a regular consumer of daily news and someone who has known and worked with a great many dedicated members of the media, I can’t help but be profoundly disturbed by the events I’m witnessing.  I can’t help but get emotional about such a grotesque lack of respect and dignity, by the President, no less.

Where’s your outrage?  Where’s your sense of decency?

 

10 Comments

  1. I am outraged. I am furious.

  2. This is what I wrote yesterday, after seeing Trump’s latest rallying cry …

    My entire working life has been spent supporting the First Amendment of the US Constitution, free speech and a free press that works as government’s watchdog.

    Today, the President launched yet another attack on the First Amendment with his most vile and disgusting statement to date about attacking our basic American freedoms.

    For the first time in my life, with as much as it deeply troubles me … I am stating unequivocally … I absolutely do NOT support the President or his actions.

    I wholeheartedly believe he is a true and present danger to this country and everything it has been established as by Republicans, Democrats, Independents – Americans – for hundreds of years.

  3. Fucking BRAVO!

    • Indeed.

  4. Pace yourself. It’s going to be a long four years.

  5. You are comparing Audie Murphy to William Calley Jr.

  6. Oh please. The men that had to be there were soldiers and they were protecting the “brave press” along with the rest of us. The difference is the rest of us weren’t in their way and causing them additional distractions. This has to be the most self serving garbage I have read for quite some time. And, yes, I read the mop head’s tweets.

    • There’s no need to be so disrespectful of the men and women of the press. We all know that most of the military signed up as a way up and out of the prospect of an undereducated and uninsured and unemployed future, brutal as that sounds. That doesn’t diminish their sacrifices or the danger they face in combat. Nor should you diminish the sacrifices and valor of those who bring you the news so you can bravely sit at your kitchen table writing “oh please.” Oh please, indeed.

  7. It floors me that so many are entranced by this fraud of a human being. Even if there was no press writing/speaking of him, listening to Trump speak for 15 minutes should be sufficient to convince all of his ignorance,dishonesty,and lack of empathy. Shame on all Republican cowards who don’t repudiate this would be dictator.

  8. I’m not a trumpateer in any way, but you and I both know the media is not what it used to be. We have more access to 100’s of news outlets than ever before. But so many are biased and slanted left or right,and bought and paid for by special interest.
    I do see a lot of fake news on all major networks. It is getting difficult to filter out the real from the fake.
    And my opinion does not detract or disrespect those who have given their lives doing their jobs for shit wages.
    The media used to inform us, and for the most part it was reliable and trustworthy. Now, it just appears to divide us, and divert us from, and make it more difficult to discern the facts!
    Just my two cents! Thanks for bringing attention to those many many lost Nolan but this is not a Donald thing! It’s a media thing, and fake news shows more disrespect for those loss than some goofball we elected to represent us as the fools we are as a society!

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