Chester referenced on Fox News Live?
An Alert Reader has just sent me an email stating that David Asman on Fox News "mentioned a website he had been reading that talked about Mao and resistance fighters." Mr. Asman, feel free to quote my site, but please offer credit where credit is due, and give your viewers the web address. I'll be waiting for today's transcripts to see the reference. Also, if anyone at Fox is reading this, I have a story idea for you. I just had Fox on while I was making my lunch. Whatever program is on has an anchor surrounded by a studio audience. The anchor is interviewing three US troops who were severely wounded in Iraq. One's face is partially disfigured and he had to spend ten months walking again, and his whole platoon died. The other two had equally bad things happen to them. The story is about Veteran's Day, and the pitch is to honor these veterans. What is inspiring about them is their attitudes -- all three are very positive, ready to come out swinging, just trying to raise awareness of wounded vets from Iraq. This is an excellent story. The character trait that these men display is called moral courage, and there is some unselfishness thrown in to boot. But my question to Fox is, why are veterans only honored on TV if they fit into the box of being a victim? Don't get me wrong: certainly you honor all veterans. But the ones you are interviewing ON THE AIR could easily fit into the victim box --if their attitudes were different, this might be the tone they took. What I am asking is: why don't you interview some veterans who have shown physical courage? Get some guys up there who have been decorated for saving lives under fire, or who pressed on in attacking when wounded, or who slew an overwhelming enemy force single-handedly? Provide this as a counterpoint to the guys who were wounded in bomb blasts and let's have a more robust conversation about courage, service, and sacrifice. Let me give you an example: Loyal Readers, raise your hands (unless you are at work) if you have ever heard of Lyndie England, Jeremy Spivits, or any of the other bad apples who were involved in the Abu Ghraib incident? Through the mist of the internet, I see many hands raised. Now readers, raise your hands if you have ever heard of Brian Chontosh. I see few if any hands up. I'm not buddies with Brian Chontosh, but he was in my class at The Basic School in Quantico when I was there. I think he finished 3 or so out of 250. You should ask yourself why you know the names of the Abu Ghraib crowd, but not Brian Chontosh. If our society stops recognizing physical courage, there will no longer be any episodes to recognize. So what do you say, Fox? [In the interest of full disclosure, I never fired a shot in Iraq myself, and was never in any firefights, though within hearing distance of a few. Closest I got was when the Iraqis fired all the French and Chinese missiles at us while we were still in Kuwait. They missed.] UPDATE: An Alert Reader has asked if I am correct about the soldier losing his platoon. I think it was a helicopter crash, not a firefight. Could definitely be a smaller size - like a squad, but I think I heard platoon. Like I said, I was making lunch. Transcript may be out . . .