Gates Assails News Agency for Publishing Photo of Marine Killed in Afghanistan
A furious Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has upbraided The Associated Press for its decision to go against the wishes of a young Marine‚Äôs family and publish a photograph of him after he was killed in Afghanistan.
In a scathing letter to Tom Curley, president and chief executive of The A.P., Mr. Gates said that the news agency‚Äôs decision was ‚Äúappalling‚ÄĚ and that the issue was one not of constitutionality but of ‚Äújudgment and common decency.‚ÄĚ
The A.P. defended the decision, which editors said they made only after careful review and sharing the pictures with the family. In an explanation of its deliberations, The A.P. said it decided ‚Äúto make public an image that conveys the grimness of war and the sacrifice of young men and women fighting it.‚ÄĚ...
Many ask--Is Afghanistan our 20th century Vietnam? Maybe we should compare Vietnam to WW 2--if there had been the same press coverage of the suffering of civilians, the horrors of war, and a home front of popular musicians and writers saying "get out now," we would have left Europe alone. Remember we did not declare war on Germany until after Hitler declared war on us after Dec 7, 1941.