Gates Assails 'Appalling' Decision by AP to Release Photo of Dying Marine - Political News - FOXNews.com
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has harshly criticized the decision by the Associated Press to distribute a photograph of a Marine who was fatally wounded in Afghanistan -- even after the young man's father called the wire service and asked that the photo not be released.
Gates, in a letter sent Thursday, called the decision "appalling," and went so far at to ask the AP to reconsider distributing the photo of Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard of Maine.
Referring to Bernard's parents, Gates wrote to Thomas Curley, the wire service's president and CEO: "Your lack of compassion and common sense in choosing to put this image of their maimed and stricken child on the front page of multiple American newspapers is appalling.
"The issue here is not law, policy or constitutional right -- but judgment and common decency."
This is outrageous I don't care where you fall on the War this should have never happen. The White House need to pull the AP Creds and tell them they have X amount of hours to have all of there photographer who are in the field with any US Military Unit.