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Crossed the one-million hits threshold today. Isss a good feelin'. Thanks to all of you who sent traffic to our quaint, dorky little milblog. And since I'm in the thanking people mood this morning, thanks to Greyhawk for 1) setting up this awesome blog and 2) actually letting me post on it. :)
"SUPPORT THE TROOPS." For some people, it's second nature. For others, it's just an empty political slogan.
On Friday, Tantor and I went to Walter Reed to visit some friends. But first, we stopped in front of the main gate to visit the seven remaining members of the Code Pink "vigil" that has been gathering on Georgia Avenue every Friday evening for the past eighteen months.
SMASH: Can I ask you guys a question?
WOMAN: Yeah, sure.
SMASH: Can any of you name three soldiers being treated at this hospital?
Looks like Appeal for Redress will get a big boost tonight when 60 Minutes covers the group.
Don't expect much investigative journalism from this piece - the online intro includes this:
"I'm not anti-war. I'm not a pacifist. I'm not opposed to protecting our country and defending our principles," says Navy Petty Officer Jonathan Hutto, an Iraq war veteran who, along with another veteran, initiated the petition.Hutto has never been to Iraq - if they can't get that fact straight they probably aren't going to offer the real story behind this group.
The irony is that 60 Minutes missed a golden opportunity to do what once upon a time a long time ago they supposedly existed for - expose these sorts of frauds perpetrated on unsuspecting people.
Update: The story at the link has already been re-written, eliminating the claim that Hutto is an Iraq war veteran.
But in her "Reporters Notebook" video (at the link) Lara Logan describes Appeal for redress: "It's basically a grass roots movement amongst active duty, serving members of the U.S. military." And "We were very careful to look thoroughly at the group, and to look into their military backgrounds, and to make sure that this wasn't... people with something hidden in their past or some reason that wasn't the stated reason to be involved in this."
Wrong. I guess CBS isn't just guilty of bad reporting, they're actually helping perpetrate the fraud.