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January 15, 2004

Reporters Without Marbles

Even worse than France, Germany, and Japan wanting to train Iraq's military is the arrogance of the press, as shown in this AP wire story.

PARIS (AP) - U.S. commanders bear "criminal" responsibility in the deaths of two reporters killed when a tank fired at a Baghdad hotel because the commanders did not tell troops that the building housed journalists, a press freedom group charged Thursday.

"Criminal" responsibility???! For not telling the gunner or tank commander where every freakin' person in Baghdad is, broken down by age, gender, and occupation? Are these people insane? All the tank crew needs to know is the good guys, the bad guys, and which people might be civilians who aren't bearing arms.

Reporters Without Borders said it did not appear that soldiers deliberately attacked journalists. The group demanded that the deaths of cameramen Jose Couso, of Spanish network Telecinco, and Taras Protsyuk, of Reuters, be investigated again.

Well there we have it! Even these fuckweasel reporters say it was NOT deliberate, and yet they want the Army to waste time investigating it again?

The Pentagon had no immediate comment on the report.

Oh, I'm sure the Pentagon had plenty of comments, but none they would publicly share.

They were killed April 8 when a U.S. tank fired on the Palestine Hotel, which housed correspondents covering the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The U.S. military absolved American forces of wrongdoing, saying they fired in self-defense.

But Reporters Without Borders said it was "in this case criminal" that U.S. military commanders did not tell tanks units that reporters were in the hotel.

Once again, their arrogance revealed. They're not insisting that it was criminal because commanders didn't tell them their were maids in the building, nor engineers, accountants, lawyers, administrators, doctors, janitors, garbage men, electricians, or any other occupation. It's only "criminal" if it involves reporters, who exist on a higher plane than mere ordinary mortals.

"This presence was never mentioned to the troops on the ground or marked on the maps used by artillery support soldiers," the Paris-based group said. "The question is whether this information was withheld deliberately, because of misunderstanding or by criminal negligence."

Maybe the information was withheld because nobody gives a flying fuck about the career choice of each and every person in a city of millions, aside from occupations listed as "Iraqi soldier", "Iraqi military officer", and "Fedayeen Saddam".

The deaths could have been avoided because troops "would never have fired" had they known reporters were there, the group said.

Then again, can you say
"Gunner! Target!"
"Target!"
"Fire!"
"Away!"
"Load! Load! Load!"
"Ammo Up!"
"Fire!"

"The firing of a tank shell at the hotel was not therefore a deliberate attack on journalists or the media," it added.

How can a group whose heads are so overinflated still manage to shove them so far up their own asses?

But it charged that the troops' commanders in the 3rd Infantry Division bear "a heavy responsibility for not providing the necessary information that would prevented the death of the journalists."

The commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, Maj. General Buford Blount, had a hell of alot more important things to worry about than the Christianna Amanpour's room assignment. We didn't send a mechanized infantry division hundreds of miles through hostile territory to fluff some goddamned pillows for a bunch of whining, pansy ass journalists who spent the previous decade covering up Saddam's brutal atrocities.

The U.S. government also "must bear some of the responsibility," the group said, because "its top leaders have regularly made statements about the status of war reporters in Iraq that have undermined all media security considerations and set the scene for the tragedy that occurred."

It was referring to U.S. statements that reporters ignored warnings that Baghdad was too dangerous and that the U.S. military could not know where all reporters were operating.

We told them Baghdad was dangerous, and they should've listened. They should also have had the intelligence to not sit up on a balcony aiming a big boxy thing with a circle in the middle and an optical sight at a US tank during an assault. The bigger question is why we let people who are too dumb to stay in the gene pool report the news.


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Comments

WUT U SED, George!

It would appear that the "journaljismers" bear 99.999% of the "responsibility" for taking rooms
in a "hotel" that was being frequented by KNOWN Sod'emites who were shooting at US troops.

The other .001% of responsibility would be upon the US military for not taking MORE
of the worthless sacks of shit wearing the "PRESS" Bulls-Eye on their backs.

F.E.T.E.

Posted by: B.C. at Jan 15, 2004 8:41:20 PM

I think that the reason that it is called a "war zone" is that there are a lot of pointy projectiles flying around. If you are in a war zone, you may get killed. Journalists need to go back to their special ed classes and review.

Posted by: SwampWoman at Jan 16, 2004 1:06:50 AM

Thanks Swamp Woman!

I've seen you before on the blogs. I'm thinking B4B and other places. I also do sword physics, which is what I'm mostly known for. It's exactly like machette physics, or general steel object physics, if you ignore the hocus-pocus French fencing crap, which doesn't seem to correlate to physics in our own universe.

Posted by: George Turner at Jan 16, 2004 4:40:36 AM