Post Backs Out On FreedomWalk

I’m madder than Hell; and, I don’t want to take it anymore! Big Dog and I have long complained about the MSM and their left-leaning agenda. Now, the Washington Post has gone too far:

Washington Post Pulls Sponsorship of Pentagon 9/11 Event
Tuesday, August 16, 2005

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post plans to drop its cosponsorship of a Pentagon-organized event next month to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and support the troops in Iraq.

The paper reports it notified the Department of Defense on Monday it would no longer donate public service advertising space to help promote the Freedom Walk. The Post said it made the decision because it doesn’t want to hurt its credibility in covering the war in Iraq and anti-war demonstrations. The paper said it will instead make a donation directly to the Pentagon Memorial Fund.

A Pentagon spokesperson said officials are disappointed the newspaper made the decision not to support the Freedom Walk but they do welcome the donation.

Other local media sponsors for the event include WTOP radio, WJLA-TV and NewsChannel 8. — AP via Fox

How does honoring and remembering those who were tragically killed in fiery 9/11 attack hurt the Post’s credibility concerning their coverage of Iraq and anti-war demonstrations? Could it be that the Post is actually proposing* that a correlation exists between the two? That would be strange since the Left vehemently denied a nexus existed. Either that, or the rag is telling us the victims and their families don’t deserve the paper’s support simply because they worked in the Pentagon. This also makes the victims on the plane unworthy by association.

It’s most likely, however, that the Post pulled its support because the Walk also honors our veterans and soldiers. Suddenly, honoring these men and women has become a partisan issue? I wasn’t even a glint in my parents’ eyes during World War II; but, I know that pro-military/ pro-war clips were shown before and between movies at the theater. Television was full of public service announcements and “join up” messages for the military. We’ve fallen far in the past 50+ years. The pendulum has swung far in the opposite direction. When did supporting our troops become a partisan or questionable act? And, why now? The Post agreed to support the event originally — knowing full well its purpose. We can only hope the rest of the MSM doesn’t follow their lead and broaden their scope.

Yes, conservatives watched in disbelief as the Viet Nam protesters wrongly turned their anger against the government towards the troops themselves. Most country-loving Americans hoped this was a singular phenomenon — a historical hiccup. Perhaps the more optimistic among us were wrong. I sincerely hope not.

Read my post on the Freedom Walk here.
Visit the Freedom Walk site here.

(* The word originally in this post was “admitting.” After a few comments regarding an Iraq-9/11 link, I changed the word to “proposing” to more accurately reflect the intended point.)



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17 Responses to “Post Backs Out On FreedomWalk”

  1. N. Mallory says:

    Well, there are a number of us who see this “Freedom Walk” as disrespectful to those who died on 9-11 and gave their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. Maybe if they toned it down a bit and treated it less like a campaign side-show and more like Memorial Day — subdued, respectful, a small parade, cookouts, family. Hey, I’m part Irish, I want a Wake when I die, but I don’t want my Wake to look like something out of the old film clips from Germany. That kind of show of pomp-and-circumstance just proves to out enemies that we’re trashy and gaudy.

    I’m proud of our vets. I support my troops. I really do hope that the best comes out of this quagmire in the Middle East, but I think we over here need to behave respectfully. 9-11 is nothing to cheer about.

    Oh, and I resent that the day is being tied to Iraq when the two should be completely separate as they have nothing to do with each other.

    But that’s just my not so humble opinion.

  2. Surfside says:

    How can you judge something that hasn’t even occured yet? It was never meant to be a war rally. It’s designed to be reflective and respectful. Coming from Irish lineage myself, a wake sounds more raucus than this:

    The America Supports You Freedom Walk is a two-mile walk that will begin near the Pentagon crash site, cross Arlington National Cemetery, proceed over the Memorial Bridge, pass several National memorials, and conclude adjacent to the National Mall and Reflecting Pool. For more information, visit http://www.AmericaSupportsYou.com and click on the Freedom Walk icon.

    Prior to the FREEDOM WALK the Pentagon will be holding a private ceremony for the families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. Immediately following the FREEDOM WALK, country superstar singer and songwriter Clint Black will hold a concert on the Pentagon Mall.

    Every year since Sept. 11, 2001, the Department of Defense has organized a commemoration for our victims’ families, for our victims, for the Pentagon employees and for the volunteers who were there that day helping us and for our men and women in the military. This year we have organized the America Supports You ‘FREEDOM WALK’ to pay tribute to those groups. It’s a way for people in the D.C. area to recognize what happened that day, to reflect on that and to commemorate our victims, their families and our American service men and women, both past and present. — Freedom Walk site

    I agree that the two (Iraq and the Walk) have nothing whatsoever to do with each other. It’s the Post that’s tying them together.

  3. Surfside says:

    BTW, if one of your points is that we shouldn’t tie the military to what occurred on 9/11, you’re wrong. The terrorist picked the Pentagon — the biggest military target, encompassing all branches of service. This was the only reason it was hit.

    I doubt if you would argue we shouldn’t tie the people of New York City to the events of 9/11.

    But, I could be mistaken in my assessment of your comment.

  4. N. Mallory says:

    Oh, I believe that NYC, the Pentagon, the plane that went down in PA, and 9-11 are all tied together. I have no problem with respectfully honoring them together.

    My complaint is that this blog as well as others are tying them and the Walk to Iraq and I do not believe that they should be. Make that another day…Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day come to mind. 9-11 was a horrible horrible day and I just don’t want to see it used for politcal gain.

    I thought one of the most touching moments following 9-11 was the Friday afterward when the country took a moment of silence all at once. Oddly, I was in a casino having an employer-provided-team-building lunch and it was eerie to hear the whole casino go silent and then five minutes into the silence a WWII vet began singing the national anthem and next thing you knew we all were. To me that was a much more honorary moment.

  5. Surfside says:

    I seriously doubt anyone will be “whooping it up” in Arlington National Cemetery or in front of the various Memorials. It will, however, be very interesting to see if any group decides to protest the Walk. Now, that would be disrespectful.

  6. Surfside says:

    Where, exactly, did this blog tie the Walk to Iraq? The whole argument of my post is that the Washington Post was wrongly tying the two together in an attempt to distance itself from the event.

  7. Surfside says:

    While I agree we haved tied the “war on terror” to Iraq here at Big Dog’s, I don’t believe we have ever tied the events of 9/11 to Iraq. I know that I, personally, have not.

  8. Surfside says:

    Wait a minute! I see why you got the impression. It was a bad choice of wording after the block quote. When I used the word “admitting,” I inadvertently implied a link existed. Amazing how one word can do all that.

    I will edit that with a footnote.

  9. N. Mallory says:

    OK I see where I misconstrued the meaning. I appologize. I have been a bit touchy about this subject so was ready to pounce.

    I think it’ll be interesting to see how this whole thing works out. I hope we don’t hear more tales about Secret Service turning Democrats who won’t sign a loyalty oath away. While I don’t approve, I do think that anyone who wants to participate should be allowed to do so.

  10. Adam says:

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  11. Surfside says:

    Killer eagle . . . you’re a riot, Adam. Go to Gravatar and submit a picture. Puppy? Would that make you a lapdog? LOL!

  12. Adam says:

    Better a lapdog than a Big Dog…

  13. Adam says:

    Okay, thank you Surfside. My “gravatar” should be working any day now…

  14. Big Dog says:

    Depends upon your point of view.

  15. Adam says:

    Alright, Obi-Wan. It’s always about a certain point of view…

  16. Big Dog says:

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