27th February 2012, 05:40 PM #1
CNN censors a soldier?
"When CNN interviews a U.S. Army corporal preparing for his third deployment to Afghanistan, should TV viewers be permitted to hear him out on a front-burner issue like Iran’s alleged threat to Israel? For those who might think so, watch what happens when 28-year-old Cpl. Jesse Thorsen touches a neuralgic nerve by suggesting that Israel can take care of itself.
In the aborted one-minute segment, Cpl. Thorsen is interviewed by CNN’s Dana Bash, who presumably picked him out for the live interview because he had a large tattoo on his neck about never forgetting 9/11. The tattoo – plus two tours in Afghanistan behind him (and yet another in front of him) – may have suggested to Bash and her CNN producers that Thorsen was unlikely to say anything to muddle or muffle the new drumbeat for war.
Based on Thorsen’s military appearance alone, the typical CNN viewer could almost settle back in an easy chair and anticipate some stirring patriotic bathos about America standing tall – and the interview ending with the obligatory “thank you for your service,” which any right-thinking journalist utters to show that he or she is part of Team America.
But Bash got more than she bargained for when Thorsen turned out to be a well-informed and articulate young man who began endorsing Ron Paul’s non-interventionist views on U.S. foreign policy, i.e. that the United States should go to war only when absolutely necessary to defend its vital national interests and shouldn’t be picking a fight with Iran on behalf of Israel."
CNN Silences War-Skeptical Soldier | Consortiumnews
27th February 2012, 06:29 PM #2
Yes, it does look suspicious. On the other hand, I believe the military bans its members from endorsing candidates while they are wearing their uniform. They can make political endorsements, but only in civilian dress. (Someone else on this forum may have more expertise on this issue.)
27th February 2012, 07:11 PM #3
I don't see what he said as a political endorsement, he's discussing specific policy.
It's not up to the media to keep soldiers within the bounds of the UCMJ, they certsainly didn't cutoff MacAurther when he said Truman was a dumbass that should invade China while we "had them on the run".