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Media Have Blood On Their Hands Iraq GI Tells Rep. King

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Posted 29 October 2003 - 06:51 PM

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2003/10.../29/03207.shtml

Media Have Blood on Their Hands, Iraq GI Tells Rep. King

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., delivered a stark message on Tuesday from an unnamed U.S. military officer now stationed in Baghdad who believes negative press coverage of the U.S. war effort has cost American soldiers their lives.

While flying back to the U.S. aboard a military transport, King told nationally syndicated radio host Sean Hannity via satellite phone, "I promised an American colonel yesterday, an Army colonel, that [I'd relay his message]: 'There's blood on the hands of the American media.'"

"He's lost men because of the terrible reporting and it's just creating a terrible atmosphere," King said the Army colonel told him.

"The troops have tremendous morale. But unfortunately the terrorists are encouraged and the Iraqi people are being dissuaded from cooperating with the American forces because of the terrible coverage back here," King said.

The unnamed GI, who King said had two graduate degrees, shared his disturbing assessment as the two flew by helicopter from the Baghdad airport to the Al Rashid hotel.

Paraphrasing the Army colonel's words, the New York Republican said, "I just want you to know that there's blood on the hands of the American media; that my men and women are going to die because of them."

The GI's message continued, "We are winning this war and the only way we can lose this is if the American people lose their nerve and that's because of what's going on in the American media."

King said he concurred with the Army colonel's complaint, saying, "What I saw is totally different from what the American media [are] reporting."

Noting that he was in Baghdad during the wave of terrorist attacks this weekend, King said that, "in spite of all of that, life is virtually normal in Baghdad."

"What the media [don't] show is that the rest of Baghdad is traffic jams, markets open ... you would have thought you were in midtown Manhattan," the New York Republican contended.

"Life is so different when you're there from the way it's being portrayed in the media."



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Posted 30 October 2003 - 08:22 AM

QUOTE (jessefan @ Oct 29 2003, 06:51 PM)
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2003/10.../29/03207.shtml

Media Have Blood on Their Hands, Iraq GI Tells Rep. King

Paraphrasing the Army colonel's words, the New York Republican said, "I just want you to know that there's blood on the hands of the American media; that my men and women are going to die because of them."


Thank you, Rep King.
I hope America has not lost its soul.

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