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News coverage of US military deaths has been almost non-existent since the election. So much so that I, personally, didn't think there were any.

Prior to the election, US military deaths from Iraq and the Middle East often lead the newscasts, usually with a running tally of total US deaths since the beginning of the Iraq War.

Amazing the difference an election makes.

Out of reverence for our fallen heros, here is a list of those who sacrificed their lives just before and in February of this year. It is a shame they haven't gotten the same honor of recognition from the news media that others have.

(Please go to the linked page to find out a little something about who these soldiers were.)

Army Cpl. Micheal B. Alleman
Army Staff Sgt. Mark C. Baum
Army Spc. Brian M. Connelly
Army Staff Sgt. Sean D. Diamond
Army Lt. Col. Garnet R. Derby
Army 1st Lt. William E. Emmert
Army Spc. Darrell L. Fernandez
Army Pfc. Albert R. Jex
Army Chief Warrant Officer Matthew G. Kelley
Army Cpl. Michael L. Mayne
Army Cpl. Zachary R. Nordmeyer
Army Pfc. Jonathan R. Roberge
Army Spc. Christopher P. Sweet
Army Cpl. Stephen S. Thompson
Army Chief Warrant Officer Benjamin H. Todd
Army Pfc. Cwislyn K. Walter
Army Sgt. Joshua A. Ward
Army Chief Warrant Officer Philip E. Windorski Jr
.

May you all rest in peace in the loving arms of God and his angels.


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Comments (30)

Nicely done!... (Below threshold)
DSL:

Nicely done!

Code Pink and the Democrats... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Code Pink and the Democrats (but I repeat myself) don't want to remind anyone about casualties any longer. It's not relevant. "Nuance" you see.

Just another point proven t... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Just another point proven that the left uses the military for political gain only, otherwise they cannot stand them. ww

Wrong, Shawn, there has<... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Wrong, Shawn, there has been recent coverage of US military deaths. It is a shame they haven't gotten the same honor of recognition from the right-wing blogs that others have. Just another point proven that the right uses the military for political gain only, otherwise they cannot stand them.

Brian,I said "lead... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Brian,

I said "lead the newscasts".

And your link is not the type of coverage I illustrated and you know it.

Nice try, though.

When liberals wanted casual... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

When liberals wanted casualties to be reported more prominently in the news, conservatives said that that would demoralize the nation and the armed forces, and thus was not the right thing to do. Now, while the media continues to report on casualties, you state that they aren't doing it loudly enough.

Them's the facts, and they appear to reveal you to be a bit of a dick on this issue.

Yeah, Shawn, you SAID "lead... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Yeah, Shawn, you SAID "lead the newscasts," but really, it was long before the election that THAT stopped happening.

Do you have any evidence to back up your assertion, or are you relying on memory?

Relying strictly on my own memory, it seems that the early days of the "Surge" was the last time that US casualties routinely led the newscasts. I could be wrong. Prove it so.

I said "lead the newscas... (Below threshold)
Brian:

I said "lead the newscasts".

You also said, "news coverage has been almost non-existent." Sorry that I didn't choose the correct one of your contradictory sentences to respond to.

And your link is not the type of coverage I illustrated and you know it.

Of course I do. It was my point.

Nice try, though.

Shawn,The angry re... (Below threshold)
Kenny:

Shawn,

The angry reaction of the lefty trolls shows how close to home you're hitting them.

Congratulations!

Brian, Your link c... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Brian,

Your link contends with the suicide rate of soldiers upon return to the states. While that is tragic, it is not the same as being killed in action, which is the coverage I refered to, and you know it.

Nice try, though.

Bruce,"So much so ... (Below threshold)
shawn:

Bruce,

"So much so that I, personally, didn't think there were any."

That's my qoute.

Reading is fun!

Hyper,The media is... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Hyper,

The media is not reporting on casualties in the gotcha manner in which they used to, and if you can't see that, than you are wilfully ignorant.

And watch how you use language here. You want to be sarcastic, as is your preference, fine, but it's not a bar. Specifically not your bar.

Shawn, seems like you hit a... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Shawn, seems like you hit a raw nerve with the lefty trolls. Good job. That indicates accuracy.

The left does not care for the military. Never has, never will. Oh! And by the way. The lefties know the news isn't playing with the same rules as they did GW. Barry's press secretary is more concerned about what tv hosts and radio hosts say then what our country is going through. That is how well they prioritize. ww

The angry reaction of th... (Below threshold)
Brian:

The angry reaction of the lefty trolls shows how close to home you're hitting them. Congratulations!
...
Shawn, seems like you hit a raw nerve with the lefty trolls. Good job. That indicates accuracy.

Heh. You people are predictable. Too easy. Apparently DJ has some disciples.

And Kenny, my reaction isn't "angry". It's "mocking".

Thank you,Mr, Mallo... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


Thank you,Mr, Mallow.

Thank you for honoring these heroes instead of using them to make a political point.

I see the trolls in the above posts, and I will say to them, without exception you are hypocritical grave dancers.

I refuse to engage you,and will hold you in silent, utter contempt.

Lastly, I will say to these soldiers, rest in peace, gallant ones.

Brian,Nope, not mo... (Below threshold)
Kenny:

Brian,

Nope, not mocking. More a desperate attempt to distract with strawmen and unrelated shiny objects.

It is too bad that you're not interested in a civil, reasonable discussion. But then, that's why you're one of the trolls here.


Mr Mallow:The "In ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Mr Mallow:

The "In Memoriam" segment on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," on ABC, lists US casualties by name. It happens every single week, both before and after the election.

It's nobody's fault but your own if you don't watch the MSM, and then excoriate it for things you don't see while not watching it.

Are you being disingenuous, or are you completely clueless?

Oh, and Kenny? Re-read the ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Oh, and Kenny? Re-read the first few comments again. Who sounds more "angry," liberals or conservatives? Be honest.

Criticizing a blog post abo... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Criticizing a blog post about perceived bias of the media coverage of Iraq war casualties is equivalent to disrespecting Iraq war casualties--got it. Thanks, irongrampa, for clarifying my opinion of the military for me.

Kenny--your civility threshold is pretty low, but even then, why bother being civil towards people who start from the position that those with whom they disagree don't care about soldiers and only use them as political props when they are killed? Disagree on defense policy, of course, but accusing people of such disdain for the military is pretty offensive and based on Viet Nam-era stereotypes.

An adendum to my earlier po... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

An adendum to my earlier post--It's fitting to mourn the loss of men such as these.

It's also fitting to celebrate a country that produces them.

More a desperate attempt... (Below threshold)
Brian:

More a desperate attempt to distract with strawmen and unrelated shiny objects.

At least I addressed the topic. The only thing you addressed is me.

The American press and medi... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

The American press and media largely jumped on "The Surge Is Working" bandwagon and began to give American combat deaths less publicity, although every American combat death is important, and Americans back at home should always remember and never forget those overseas in the military who risk their lives.

The American press and m... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

The American press and media largely jumped on "The Surge Is Working" bandwagon and began to give American combat deaths less publicity, although every American combat death is important, and Americans back at home should always remember and never forget those overseas in the military who risk their lives.

Apart from the repetitive redundancy in "press and media," I think Paul is pretty much on target here.

Shawn"Hyper,... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Shawn

"Hyper,

The media is not reporting on casualties in the gotcha manner in which they used to, and if you can't see that, than you are wilfully ignorant
"

No he is just being ignorant. But then Hyper and ignorance are synonomous.

Bruce,What part of... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Bruce,

What part of "newscast" don't you understand.

"This Week" is a talk show.

Are you being disingenuous, or are you completely clueless?

Shawn, the trolls know what... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Shawn, the trolls know what you mean. GW was hammered everyday with reports of soilders deaths. Now that Barry is in, it barely warrants a footnote. The left always uses the military as props. Remember, according to liberals, only unintelligient people join the military. ww

Willie, just because you're... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Willie, just because you're unintelligent, and joined the military, doesn't mean you yourself are representative of the armed forces. You're an outlier, so to speak. So stop projecting. As someone with friends and relatives in the military, it offends me.

OK, Mr Mallow, "lead the ne... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

OK, Mr Mallow, "lead the newscasts" it is.

Let's see some data. Cite something that shows how many times US casualties led the newscasts in the 4 months prior to the election vs. the 4 months since. In other words, prove your specific point.

You insist on splitting hairs. The tenor of your post goes far beyond the 3 words, "led the newscasts," and you know it. I think it disingenuous of you to hide behind those three words. But whatever. That's how you do.

The clear implication of your post is that the MSM has quit covering US casualties since the election, and that they were covering them more aggressively before.

I don't think that's so, based on my own memory. If you are going to assert something as fact, you should be prepared to back it up. Are you?

I asked you for this in com... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

I asked you for this in comment # 7, last night.

Hello? Mr Mallow? Got anyth... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Hello? Mr Mallow? Got anything?

I didn't think so.




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