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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Why Does the MSM Never Get This Part of the Iraq War Casualties Story?

Drop whatever you are doing and go read this from a Powerline.com correspondent, a father with a son leading a machine gun unit in Iraq. The argument over Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's use of an autopen to sign condolence letters to families of casualties is the occasion for the post. But this graph, which appears near the end of the father's extraordinarily candid observations, is worth some consideration:

"By the way, we know families of fallen Marines who've been flown to sites where President Bush was speaking. He met with them privately after his event, never any press coverage, and the families have said that - after being given an agenda for their time with the President and being told that he's on a very tight schedule - Mr. Bush talked to every family member as long as they wanted to talk, never hurried anyone, cried with family, hugged everyone and they all felt like he had nothing else to do for the rest of the day but bring comfort to them.
"For that, George W. Bush has my eternal respect and gratitude. And there was NEVER one word of publicity surrounding any of these meetings with families. (I have pictures to dissuade doubters.)"

This is the kind of story that ought to be part of any reporting that claims to be giving a complete picture of how the things are going on the homefront. It ought also have appeared in the news media long before the recent presidential campaign. Where is the much-vaunted White House press corps and why can't the powers-that-be in the MSM understand how the absence of such reporting undermines their credibility?