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ABC News Asks 60 Soldiers Who They’ll Vote for – Doesn’t Report the 54 For McCain

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This from Major General (ret) Buckman.

My niece, Katelyn, stationed at Baluud , Iraq was assigned, with others of her detachment, to be escort/guard/watcher for Martha Raddatz of ABC News as she covered John McCain’s recent trip to Iraq.

Katelyn and her Captain stood directly behind Raddatz as she queried GI’s walking past. They kept count of the GI’s and you should remember these numbers. She asked 60 GI’s who they planned to vote for in November. 54 said John McCain, 4 for Obama, and 2 for Hillary.

Katelyn called home and told her Mom and Dad to watch ABC news the next night because she was standing directly behind Raddatz and maybe they’d see her on TV. Mom and Dad of course, called and emailed all the kinfolk to watch the newscast and maybe see Katelyn.

Well, of course, we all watched and what we saw wasn’t a glimpse of Katelyn, but got a hell’uva view of skewed news. After a dissertation on McCain’s trip and speech, ABC showed 5 GI’s being asked by Raddatz how they were going to vote in November; 3 for Obama and 2 for Clinton .. No mention of the 54 for McCain.

Ah, the irony of American Patriots protecting the press from harm while the reporter prepares a completely misleading story about which candidate the soldiers prefer. The reporter obviously thought her escort was comprised of brainless morons who wouldn’t see what was going on in front of them. Wouldn’t be the first time a reporter in the MSM turned out to be the brainless moron.

Support the troops. Pass this along.

Original story is located here

This “story” is the subject of a Snopes piece as well, you can find it here:

Basically Snopes found its veracity “Undetermined”, but did make the following (rather extraordinary comment, for them) statement on the known facts:

“On the other hand, critics maintain that by showing only one soldier’s expressing a preference for the Republican candidate (prefaced by a laconic Martha Raddatz voice-over intoning, “there were some McCain backers …”), by separating the portion of the report in which soldiers discussed their candidate preferences from the portion in which they discussed what issues (other than the war) were important to them, and by identifying the report with titles such as “Whom Are Our Troops Endorsing?” and “Surprising Political Endorsements by U.S. Troops,” ABC News presented the piece as being a survey of American troops’ presidential preferences while offering viewers a distinctly skewed perspective of those preferences.


Written by Ridgeliner7

Monday, July 14, 2008 at 9:52:29 AM

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