In a world of red buttons, Geckos, manic insurance spokesmen and other ad agency “successes”, we have today — an anniversary that leads to another media feeding frenzy. Nothing like a good tear jerker. Don’t get me wrong; I am as sober today as anyone. What gets to me is the apparent relish the ratings chaser devote to the day.
I didn’t see the first plane but watched the second. I anguished in front of the TV for days. I recall the scenes and horrid statics. I don’t need rehash after rehash. It is burned into everyone’s conscience. I’d had online exchanges with a true gentlemen whose body could not be returned to his loved ones. That and thousands of others are the story of the day. What the media now rehashes is the distorted version of all that. Dignity plays the fool to sound bites. They can’t even do a simple memorial service without the politicians and hanger-ons lining up to feed at the sadness trough.
I read No Easy Day. I watched the Seal-author on 60-Minutes; I saw the Pentagon and White House sound bites threatening prison. Having read the book, I have a different take.
1. I did not see a difference in what was material from what had “leaked” to press and Hollywood. I saw it as correcting the amateur PR that emanated after the attack. I’ll summarize it as clarification to avoid my starker thoughts about the disclosure.
2. 60-Minutes stated it was apolitical. I didn’t see it that way. Yes, it avoided saying the administration is a collection of assholes. You needed to read closely to see the indictment.
Here is a video that has more than one Navy Seal speaking about the event in a much franker way. Just more sadness about who we have become. Please! watch it.
This is far beyond acceptable behavior, IMO.