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    Gates Assails 'Appalling' Decision by AP to Release Photo of Dying Marine

    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.

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    Re: Gates Assails 'Appalling' Decision by AP to Release Photo of Dying Marine

    IA ... I've avoided the stories with this photo b/c I think it's appalling .... shocking ... and saddening.


    They made an exceptionally bad call on that one, imo.

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    Re: Gates Assails 'Appalling' Decision by AP to Release Photo of Dying Marine

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    IA ... I've avoided the stories with this photo b/c I think it's appalling .... shocking ... and saddening.


    They made an exceptionally bad call on that one, imo.
    How is the story playing out in Maine??? I haven't talk to any of my relative's today so I was wondering what was Channel 6.and 13 take on the story.

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    Re: Gates Assails 'Appalling' Decision by AP to Release Photo of Dying Marine

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    How is the story playing out in Maine??? I haven't talk to any of my relative's today so I was wondering what was Channel 6.and 13 take on the story.
    I wish I saw this 10 minutes ago, I'd have turned on the news to see. I'll watch in the am and let you know.

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    Re: Gates Assails 'Appalling' Decision by AP to Release Photo of Dying Marine

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    I wish I saw this 10 minutes ago, I'd have turned on the news to see. I'll watch in the am and let you know.
    Okay, I just got back from Scotland so this was one o the first things that hit me email when I open it up.

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    Re: Gates Assails 'Appalling' Decision by AP to Release Photo of Dying Marine

    This is an appalling decision by the AP. I cannot comprehend the kind of person who would think this was the right thing to do.

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    Re: Gates Assails 'Appalling' Decision by AP to Release Photo of Dying Marine

    There has to be some stronger word than ""appalling" to describe the action by AP. Dispicable, F-ing Moronic, Assholian, seem like more descrptive terms.
    I do not recall the Viet Cong asking me if I was a natural born or Naturalized American before they shot at me, they just shot at all of us f107HyperSabr

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    Re: Gates Assails 'Appalling' Decision by AP to Release Photo of Dying Marine

    Quote Originally Posted by F107HyperSabr View Post
    There has to be some stronger word than ""appalling" to describe the action by AP. Dispicable, F-ing Moronic, Assholian, seem like more descrptive terms.
    Oh I'm sure the exact words that Sect. Gates used couldn't be printed

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