When I saw the video of US soldiers urinating on Taliban corpses, the other day, I was neither shocked, nor outraged. I did think it showed a certain lack of discipline, and I wondered why the soldiers would videotape themselves doing such a thing and then post it on YouTube. That turned out to be a very bad move.
It appears Media Matters is trying to stir up controversy over Dana Loesch‘s comments on her radio show defending the Marines:
Media Matters appears fixated on a mission to try and silence the free speech of Big Journalism editor Dana Loesch, while also engaging upon a campaign to somehow damage her with CNN. True to their Leftist origins, it never seems enough for them to disagree, or even take offense, at someone, or something, they invariably resort to attempting to silence them. Such thuggish tactics have no place in media, least of all in America.
Here’s what Dana said:
“Now we have a bunch of progressives that are talking smack about our military because there were marines caught urinating on corpses, Taliban corpses. Can someone explain to me if there’s supposed to be a scandal that someone pees on the corpse of a Taliban fighter? Someone who, as part of an organization, murdered over 3,000 Americans? I’d drop trou and do it too. That’s me though. I want a million cool points for these guys. Is that harsh to say? Come on people, this is a war. What do people think this is?”
Now, as John Nolte at Big Journalism reports, Politico Is Playing Media Matters’ Game to Censor Conservatives:
As a response, a number of left-wing media outlets, most notably Politico, have drummed up more phony indignation than they’ve ever been able to summon against anything the monstrous Taliban have done to our troops or to innocent Afghans.
Here’s Politico’s Dylan Byers doing his passive-aggressive best to pretend that what Dana said is some kind of scandal or story and get her fired at CNN:
CNN hired Loesch, a co-founder of the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition, to join the “Best Political Team on Television” in February of last year. “I’m excited to be working with CNN and am appreciative of their efforts to showcase diverse political thought on their airwaves,” Loesch said at the time. “I look forward to the discussions.”
CNN, which has looked to bring in voices from across the political spectrum, also prides itself on being positioned in the center of the more ideologically driven Fox and MSNBC networks.
But here is where Byers reveals his true agenda:
I’ve reached out to CNN to ask for their response to Loesch’s comments, andwhether or not it will have any impact on her role at CNN.
The emphasis there is mine but the subtext is all Byers, and how painfully obvious that subtext is. Byers is pushing to have Dana taken off the air or punished. But his true agenda is something bigger than that. What Byers and Politico really want is for Dana to be marginalized and her conservative voice silenced. This is obvious for two reasons. First off, what Dana said is completely defensible (especially in an era where Bill Maher, Whoopi Goldberg, and Michael Moore are cherished as MSM talking heads), and secondly, I know the Media Matters/Color of Change playbook when I see it.
The commie scolds at Media Matters have a history of defending the indefensible – like GLSEN’s gut-wrenchingly perverted reading list for school children. Yet they are somehow outrageously outraged by a few honest but un-pc comments made by a right-wing radio host.
I, like most people, understand on a purely intellectual level that what the soldiers did was wrong, and think they should be punished for it. But on a more human -emotional level, I not only don’t fault these soldiers, like Dana, I sympathize. They deal with these savages on a day to day basis and have seen their comrades blown to pieces by them. War is hell, especially in a backwards and barbaric country like Afghanistan where there are much worse atrocities going on than corpses being peed on.
I save my outrage for stories like these:
Taliban hang 7-year-old boy accused of being a spy, suicide bomber kills 40 at Afghanistan wedding
Private Kristian Menchaca (left) of Houston and Private Thomas Tucker of Oregon were captured by terrorists in Iraq, hacked to death, their eyes gouged, their bodies defiled.
Those stories make me cry.
Media outlets that have nothing to say about those atrocities, yet react to soldiers urinating on corpses like it’s one of the worst crimes against humanity ever witnessed, need to have their outrage meters recalibrated. Something is clearly wrong, there.
Representative Alan West (Fl) weighed in:
I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.
All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?
The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.
As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.
Gateway Pundit feels the same way I do, only he’s pithier than I am: Today’s American Hero Spotlight Goes to Dana Loesch: “I’d Drop Trou and Do it Too”
Treacher at the Daily Caller:
You might be a liberal if…
- You think Bill Maher was a hero after 9/11 for saying terrorists are brave, and Dana Loesch is a villain for insulting them. (He agrees with her on this one, BTW.)
- You insist you don’t sympathize with terrorists, but you fly into a rage when somebody insults them.
- Your reply to criticism of Obama is “Oh yeah, well, who killed Bin Laden?”, but you become furious when Bin Laden’s pals are humiliated.
Let this be a lesson to everyone: If you want to pee on a dead terrorist, first wrap him in an American flag. Then Keith Olbermann, Eric Boehlert, and other leading lights of liberalism will cheer you on.
Dana Loesch: Correcting the Progressive Spin on My Defense of the Marines:
My entire point of the past two days was to highlight the absurd reaction from militant troop-bashers to these Marines. In my Twitter timeline yesterday progressives called our military “killers, kids, barbaric trash, murderers …” The only time soldiers are celebrated by the left is when they engage in protests like OWS. The rest of the time they’re demonized. They get the red carpet rolled out for them, too.
And let’s not forget how lefty bloggers like Markos Moulitsas feels about dead American military contractors. His excuse for his “screw them” comment? He was angry about soldiers getting killed. You know what? So am I. But I blame the people who are trying to kill them–not the people they are trying to protect. And I won’t condemn American soldiers on the battlefield.
This is nothing but an exercise in situational, exploitative outrage, and it completely proved the point I was making. The phrases “defile” and “desecration” popped up in my replies on Twitter every minute or so. If “desecration” is a concern for progressives, where was their outrage when the remains of over 200 Air Force members were dumped in a landfill? I’ve seen more outrage towards our troops over this incident than I have ever seen towards the Taliban themselves who’ve beheaded soldiers (American and Afghan), raped and tortured women, sent out suicide bombers, and carried out horrific attacks.
Doug Ross supplies a graphic: Just so I get this straight: defecating on police car is patriotic; peeing on terrorist murderers un-American
Must listen: FTR radio ANDREW BREITBART TALKS ABOUT ATTACKS ON DANA LOESCH – Nobody lays it all out better than Andrew.
Linked by Doug Ross in Larwyn’s Links, and Big Journalism, thanks!