Controversy over honoring the dead?

By | May 3, 2004

Hmmm… apparently, conservatives view the recent Nightline episode which honored those Americans who have died in combat in Iraq as anti-war propaganda. All I can say is, wtf? Are we supposed to just ignore the fact that Americans are dying in this war? Are we not supposed to honor the sacrifices that are being made?

Nightline anchor Ted Koppel was also offended by this view: “‘I am opposed to sustaining the illusion that war can be waged by the sacrifice of a few without burdening the rest of us in any way. I oppose the notion that to be at war is to forfeit the right to question, criticize or debate our leaders’ policies.'”

Even Republican senator John McCain got into the fracas. When Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. chose not to air the episode of Nightline, McCain fired back, “condemn[ing] Sinclair’s decision ‘to deny your viewers an opportunity to be reminded of war’s terrible costs.’ He called it a ‘gross disservice to the public’ and the U.S. armed forces.

“‘It is in short, sir, unpatriotic,’ McCain said.”

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