Back in February, a mere month into his presidency, Barack Obama decided to reverse a long-standing policy, that prohibited the liberal media from photographing the coffins of dead soldiers as they returned to the U.S. Catering to the wishes of his minions on the far-Left, who sought a reverse of the policy so they could exploit and politicize the photos of dead soldiers for their own malicious gain, Obama went ahead with the reversal, but with one catch--the troops' families would have to give their consent. Well, judging from what the AP just did, Obama lied:
Defense Secretary Robert Gates expressed disappointment Friday at news outlets that used a picture taken and distributed by The Associated Press depicting a U.S. Marine mortally wounded in combat in Afghanistan.Arianna Huffington's left-wing vitriol The Huffington Post, went ahead and put the picture on its front page today, so did at least 20 newspapers. This highly offensive move shows us once again how little the Left cares about our troops as well as the depth they will go to push their socialist, anti-Bush, vengeance-seeking agenda. If I were the Bernard family, I'd hire an attorney and sue the ass off of the AP, every liberal outlet that published Joshua Bernard's dead photo and the Obama administration.
The AP distributed the picture despite personal pleas from Gates and the dead Marine's family in a case that illustrated the difficult decisions in reporting on a conflict where Americans have seen relatively few images of fallen U.S. troops over eight years.
The picture, by AP photographer Julie Jacobson, showed Lance Cpl. Joshua "Bernie" Bernard, 21, lying on the ground with severe leg injuries after being struck by a grenade in an ambush on Aug. 14, his fellow Marines tending to him. Bernard later died of his wounds.
Gates wrote a strongly worded letter to AP President and CEO Tom Curley on Thursday, saying it was a matter of "judgment and common decency" not to use the photo. A Pentagon spokesman said Gates followed up with a phone call "begging" Curley not to use it.
After the photo was published Friday, the Pentagon released its communications with the AP.