Sunday, December 12

They are still pissed at Pitt.

We'll try this again. After spending the better part of the day searching for crystal radio ideas, and playing around with a newly constructed breadboard experimental platform, I though I might want to check in to the world and see I there was anything I might be missing. Sure enough, I hit the eschaton and atrios has a letter posted that was recieved by Greg Mitchell, who had posted it for his editor and publisher column, among other letters. This is a prime example of frustrated wingnut and he is, to put it lightly, pissed that that guardsman would question Dapper Don Rumsfeld about a lack of armor plated vehicles, and that a damn reporter....well by now you should get the rest......
Joe M. Richardson: "The duped soldier should be put at the very front of the action, no armor. The cooperating sergeant's career should be over and maybe become MIA. Pitts and all his cronies should be executed as traitors. We are fighting a war, the debate is over, you’re either for us or against us, there is no middle ground. I say start executing the leftists in our country, soon."
Thats some pretty strong language, I am not sure what we are supposed to call it, but god forbid I think the Pubby Pundits might just call it "Hate Speech". At least you could count on the CoulterBot™ to make substantial piles of hay over several TV appearances about the intemperate invective used by commie leftists. Now remember kids, this guy is not being serious, he's just venting off a bit of steam. It can build up quickly in the Morally Superior, when they run straight into a wall of Moral Outrage.

There are several letters, some from folks this guy might define as worthy of execution, but for the most part they are well reasoned and well, no fun. However there is another, from a man who by all accounts probably received his PhD in history and wrote his dissertation on the press in WWII.
Peter Minoc, Vallejo, Calif.: "I would hate to think how World War II would turn out if our military had a media like the one today. There were so many friendly-fire deaths to ill-equipped units that led to soldiers dying, but the media of that time knew what the stakes were. The media today has this suicidal belief that their press credentials will protect them from the Islamic fascists. This belief is so strong that you are willing to lower the morale of the people fighting for your right to attack this administration. Stop being the damn story and just report the news!"
Would it were possible Peter. I am going to step out on a limb Peter and guess that you receive most of what you call news from What I like to call "rightwing worldview reinforcement dispensaries" i.e. equal parts Fox and Rush. You might even have a couple of Hannity's books on the shelf next to your copy of "Treason". If that is the case, you will never be satisfied. the next letter adds a talking point that might have me looking at media matters, cause, well, the wording is so similar that both of these guys are unlikely to have come up with it independantly.
Ron Bean, Pachuta, Miss.: "He knew it was a low-life tactic to use a GI that was probably stressed out from having to go into Iraq. Oh, I forgot, anything to get a story. What happened to reporting the news instead of making the news?"
There seems to be a new found sensitivity that was lacking during the Clinton administration to the idea of the press as objective reporters who should not inject themselves into the story. Funny that. Finally there is another crime that has been commited by Pitt in the following writers eyes.
Wade Hampton, Phoenix, Ariz.: "That was a well orchestrated con job by Pitts. Sure you’re going to get some cheering, a good portion of our military are indeed liberals who voted for Kerry. Plus the military always needs or wants something. If they made a one-man tank suit they would all want one, although I doubt Kerry would have approved the funding. What the media has done is insure that military personnel probably won't be given the opportunity to ask questions in this manner again."
No doubt dude, them pesky libs are everywhere even in the Military, and some of them doubtless voted for that evil, shiftless, and eminantly unqualified Kerry. It would be a shame if the soldiers never got to ask questions again, and we only have that reporter to blame, because if the soldier had not been coached........then..........they still would roast the poor bastard and the military would only allow pre-scripted Q and A's just like they do for the prez. Now if someone could be a dear and map out a couple of points on my skull that I could hit with a ball peen hammer that would make me smarter, and therefor more receptive to these types of arguments, and I would forever be in your debt, that is, if I remember the favor.