Monday, October 19, 2009

Obama Administration Bans Photos Of Dying Soldiers. No Protests From The Left - As Long As They Can Take Pictures Of The Coffins

AP Photo of Dying Soldier Sparks Ban on Death Photos in Afghanistan

Recall the rantings by the American left regarding the Bush era ban on photographs of "Flag Draped Coffins" returning to the USA at Dover Air Force base.

I told you at that time that Obama's lifting the ban was immaterial. The left wing which is most likely to exploit the coffins as a means of embarrassing the president have no strong motivation to attack Obama. This was one of the easiest decisions for Obama to make.

Obama could outright ban anti-war protests. In as much as there are so few going on right now, once again, its no big deal.

Thus we see yet another opportunity for the left wing press to attack the Obama administration for limiting their ability to do factual reporting about the war. Thus far there has been no outrage about the photo ban from the battlefield where soldier's are dying.

(ChattahBox)—On September 4, the Associated Press published a controversial photo of Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard, as he lay dying on the dusty ground in Afghanistan, over the objections of his family and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Other newspapers refused to follow suit out of respect for the soldier’s family, but the image was widely distributed over the Internet.

Now, the U.S. military in eastern Afghanistan has changed its media embed rules to ban pictures of troops killed in action.

A new ground rules document released Sept. 15 by Regional Command East at Bagram Air Field reads: “Media will not be allowed to photograph or record video of U.S. personnel killed in action.”

Previous language said, “Media will not be prohibited from covering casualties” as long as a series of conditions are met.”

Master Sgt. Tom Clementson of Regional Command East Public Affairs, referred to the new language, as “a clarification rather than a new rule.”

The new language was added in the wake of the controversy surrounding the publication of Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard’s dying photo, by the AP, taken by photographer Julie Jacobson. Bernard was mortally injured, after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and lost one of his legs.

Other embed agreements do not ban photos of killed-in-action casualties, as long as certain conditions are complied with. But the AP’s release of the soldier’s dying photo in defiance of the family’s wishes, certainly caused outrage in the military.

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