The CNN Sniper Tape: What’s Wrong With This Picture?


Daily news and commentary by: Whymrhymer at the Blogger News Network

Last week, when CNN’s Anderson Cooper aired a tape on his show (“Anderson Cooper 360”) that revealed the planning and execution of a sniper attack on a U.S. soldier, he started a major controversy. Over the weekend the enraged chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee called for the removal of all embedded CNN reporters from their posts. In a press conference he also made the statement:

“The average American Marine or soldier has concluded after seeing that film that CNN is not on their side.”

Then, at some point in the furor, President Bush’s press secretary, Tony Snow, stated his opinion that the insurgents willingly placed this tape in the hands of the media in an attempt to “break the will of the American people.”

Something is wrong with this picture!

If a video of a terrorist sniper team executing an American soldier causes other American soldiers to do nothing but revile the TV station that aired it, and causes a high ranking U.S. Representative to call for that TV station’s ‘punishment,’ and causes the American people to throw up their hands and say “I give up!” we, as a nation, have a problem that is at potentially more dangerous than terrorism. We’ve lost our backbone!

American soldiers should watch that video and, at first, get angrier at the terrorists than they have ever been and then realize that they need to be much more vigilant and proactive to avoid the fate of the soldier in the video. The members of our government should be telling the American public to wake up and see the kind of cold-blooded savagery that terrorists are inflicting on our troops and then take that as a warning that that kind of cold-blooded savagery is what we are all facing if this enemy is not defeated. And someone . . . someone like the chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee . . . should publicly thank CNN for bringing this video to light.

OK! I know that I’m being a bit melodramatic and more importantly unemotional, but do you see my point? Here we have a video that should motivate us and work for us in positive ways and all we are able to do with it is castigate a reporter and a TV network.

According to an article in the Houston Chronicle, CNN justified its decision to show this tape:

” . . . by a desire to show the public the growing threat insurgent snipers pose to U.S. troops.”

I believe them!


The Houston Chronicle: Pentagon urged to remove embedded CNN reporters

The Los Angeles Times: Lawmaker Outraged by Sniper Footage on CNN

From the blogosphere:

Moonbattery: Duncan Hunter: Kick Out Embedded CNN Reporters

All Things Anderson: Critics ‘snipe’ at CNN

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2 thoughts on “The CNN Sniper Tape: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

  1. The country’s not lost its backbone because of outrage over improper media exploitation and sensationalism. The sniper clip should have never been shown. I did not see Cooper’s broadcast, but I don’t think it’s appropriate for the media to facilitate terrorist’s media agenda.

  2. Donald,

    Thanks for your comment.

    My point is we, as a society, all too often, tend to ‘shoot the messenger’, in this case CNN. Their intentions were to let the public know how organized and dangerous these terrorist sniper teams are. Are they to be attacked for doing what they see as their job?

    Apparently the answer is yes!

    Do you really think that their intention was to glorify the terrorists? If you do, you’ve been listening to too much Conservative talk radio.

    Where is our anger toward the perpetrators, the terrorists? Its been redirected to CNN!

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