...That's what lawmakers are calling for after the airing of an American serviceman being killed by a sniper in a video aired on the 24 hour news network.
Because of various ways the story was being relayed, it was unclear when the story broke if reporter Michael Ware was doing a voice-over or if he was actually embedded with terrorists. It was indeed a video that was obtained by CNN and not shot by them. This makes the situation a bit more tolerable, but still not acceptable.
Americans have come to expect that the enemy can find aid and comfort within the walls of Al Jazeera. We all know that terrorist propaganda tapes with be aired there with impunity. But CNN? It's obvious they lean heavily to the left (with the exception of Lou Dobbs), but I never imagined they'd engage in helping al Qaeda promulgate their recruitment videos...
FNC was wrong when they reported that CNN faded to black before the American soldier was actually killed. They may have done that when it aired on Anderson Cooper's show, but the video that was online did not fade to black before the soldier slumped to the ground... The version that The Man and I first saw DID NOT CUT TO BLACK when the soldier was hit. (You can see the edited version here.)
"...Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, along with two other lawmakers representing California in the House, wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, calling the footage "nothing short of a terrorist snuff film," the report said.
The U.S. news network has become "the publicist for an enemy propaganda film" by broadcasting the video obtained from an insurgent group, Hunter was quoted as saying Friday in San Diego, California.
He called for the Pentagon to oust any CNN reporter "embedded" with U.S. troops in Iraq, saying the average American Marine or soldier would conclude that CNN is not on their side after seeing that film..." (source)
Regardless of the reason that CNN gives for airing the tape, I know the real reason. It's the embodiment of a leftist sentiment found in the comments when I first posted about this... The basic feeling being [if it's okay to show "insurgents" being killed, why is it wrong to show a soldier killed?].
This is a prevailing attitude in the left that has no moral compass. That doesn't see that terrorists are wrong and the U.S. is right. That continues to believe that the "insurgents" are disgruntled Iraqis that are pissed Americans are still in their midst and not comprehending the number of Syrian and Iranian Jihadis that are flooding the borders.
Airing this video is a direct action of those that don't see right and wrong. Those that are so "world minded" they want to look at the terrorists point of view and find ways to empathize with it.
Pull their embeds from Iraq --they don't deserve to be mingling with and protected by our troops.