Remembering the dead is anti-war

April 29th, 2004 – 10:51 pm
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On Friday night, a special edition of ABC’s Nightline will show the names and photographs of more than 500 soldiers who have died in Iraq. Apparently some supporters of the war think remembering those who have died is just a political stunt, and so one media corporation has told the ABC affiliates it owns not to run the show.

In a statement online, the Sinclair group said the “Nightline” program “appears to be motivated by a political agenda designed to undermine the efforts of the United States in Iraq.”

Sinclair’s decision, announced Thursday, drew a sharp response from ABC News.

“We respectfully disagree with Sinclair’s decision to pre-empt ‘Nightline’s’ tribute to America’s fallen soldiers,” ABC News said in a statement. “The ‘Nightline’ broadcast is an expression of respect which simply seeks to honor those who have laid down their lives for this country.”

The show, titled “The Fallen,” will air at 11:35 p.m. Friday. In it, newsman Ted Koppel will read the names of the U.S. troops killed in action while their pictures are shown to viewers.

You see, if the President wants to use the names and photographs of dead soldiers, or dead firefighters, to get himself re-elected, then that’s just fine with these people, but if the soldiers are honored in a way that isn’t all rah-rah for Bush’s war, then it’s apparently a political stunt.

[via Atrios]


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  1. 1

    This dovetails nicely with that idiotic prohibition about using images of the flag-draped coffins.

    If no one sees the coffins or the names in such a manner, they are less likely to question the sacrifice made…and more important, less likely to question WHY they made that sacrifice.

    Comment made by Paul on April 30, 2004 @ 6:32 am

  2. 2

    an ugly political machine in motion…

    My reaction to the obvious political agendas of broadcasters is very close to what Tom said.  I’ll just add …

    Trackback made by on April 30, 2004 @ 3:23 pm

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