June 20, 2006

Get on "Today," get on soapbox

Unfortunately, the two American soldiers who had been missing since Friday have been discovered, and they're dead -- apparently "killed in a barbaric way."

But before this sad news was confirmed, however, this didn't stop the usual outlets from giving a forum to one of the soldier's relatives in order to rip the U.S.:

"Because the U.S. government did not have a plan in place, my nephew has paid for it with his life," Ken MacKenzie, uncle of Army Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, told NBC's "Today" show.

"I think the U.S. government was too slow to react to this," MacKenzie said Tuesday. "They should have had a plan in place."

MacKenzie said the government should have offered a $100 million reward and offered to exchange mujahideen detainees for the soldiers' lives. The government seized enough money from Saddam Hussein to afford it, he said.

No plan? Slow to react? The military had 8,000 Iraqi and American soldiers searching for the missing duo. The sheer number of those involved in the hunt was even mocked by an al-Qaeda-linked group who has claimed responsibility for holding the missing soldiers. And, a "quick reaction" force reached the scene where the two were first abducted within fifteen minutes.

And, a $100 million reward? Million? What sort of precedent would that set?

It's completely understandable that family members are grieving now. It's ridiculous, however, for the usual MSM suspects to give certain family members a soapbox to use that grief in order to make frivolous statements about the actual situation and overall U.S. policy.

UPDATE: It looks as if "Today's" Matt Lauer did indeed challenge Mr. MacKenzie, especially about his $100 million ransom comment. That's refreshing.

Posted by Rhodey at June 20, 2006 02:28 PM | TrackBack

Comments  (We reserve the right to edit and/or delete any comments. If your comment is blocked or won't post, e-mail us and we'll post it for you.)

I disagree. The MSM's job is to report and give us information. They simply reported what a relative said- would you prefer the MSM filter and spin what he said?

Your kneejerk response is not what I, as a regular visitor, expect from this blog.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at June 20, 2006 02:40 PM

Is it news? Probably. Did they jump on the story b/c it makes Bush look bad. Again, probably. I don't fault the family members. I would be so insane w/ grief I wouldn't know what to do. I'd blame anybody and everybody. Omnidirectional rage.

Posted by: Duffy at June 20, 2006 02:42 PM

Come on, now. Why are you so upset about this? I mean, you right-wingers' plan for conquest has gone so well. So, what's a little criticism? The US is WINNING in Iraq. Why are you letting this gentleman's obvious myopic tendencies get to you so quickly? I mean, we know he's unpatriotic and treasonous.

Just remember: Those on the right have already won the debate on the success that is the new democracy of Iraq. No need to lend credence to the left-wing nutsos by complaining about the usual "left-wing media."

Posted by: Mike M. at June 20, 2006 02:51 PM

While Rhodey may have jumped the gun -- perhaps -- I think you ought to consider, AJ: Did "Today" bring up that 8,000 troops were searching for the two and that that fast reaction team was there w/in 15 minutes? That the concept of a $100 million reward is ludicrous on its face? (In a respectful way, of course.) It doesn't say. I personally doubt they did.

I agree that AP is just reporting (so the title may be a bit unfair), but examine the statements made on "Today."

Posted by: Hube at June 20, 2006 03:54 PM

AJ, I changed the post title. Does that take away some of the misleading bits from it?

Hube was right -- AP was just reporting and my original headline appeared to place blame on them. It's "Today" that apparently didn't ask questions or rebuttal.

Posted by: Rhodey at June 20, 2006 05:25 PM

Mike, I know your sarcasm is well documented but I cannot tell where you are being silly and straight. Criticism is more than fair, of course, as long as people don't get away with making incorrect or silly statements on a major news show.

Posted by: Rhodey at June 20, 2006 05:29 PM

After reading the update, it sounds like Lauer did do the right thing. Good for him.

I agree with AJ that you can't fault the media for covering the uncles comments. The media is obligated to give both sides a voice. However, in the case of Cindy Sheehan, I thin the media gave her way more coverage than she deserved.

However, it is a shame that people like the uncle, Sheehan, Berg, and others get all the press, while the hundreds of family members who respect their fallen soldiers and don't blame the world don't get the press. But, it's just a case of the squeaky wheel getting the grease. The few extreme people who want to use the death of their loved one who criticize Bush and/or America are the only ones ho seek medai attention.

Posted by: PolitaKid at June 20, 2006 07:10 PM

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