IS ABC'S MARTHA RADDATZ "IN THE TANK" FOR
OBAMA - OR IS SHE THE VICTIM OF AN INTERNET
RUMOR? - MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM DELUGED
WITH E-MAILS AND COPIES OF A MESSAGE THAT
ALLEGES THE FEMALE CORRESPONDENT SLANTED
HER REPORTS IN FAVOR OF THE DEMOCRATS
ACCUSED OF POLLING 60 GI'S - 54 FOR McCAIN - SIX
FOR HILLARY OR OBAMA - AND IGNORING GOP
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE'S SUPPORTERS - IF
TRUE, ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF LIBERAL MEDIA BIAS
IF FALSE, RADDATZ DESERVES AN APOLOGY
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But telling the hard truth and showing no favor to one party or the other is important to us and our hard-won credibility. Unlike MSNBC, the "Obama Network," we have no political "agenda" and do not engage in peddling political propaganda. We are for the veteran and service member, first, last and always. And whenever politicians of any stripe try to short-change our men and women in uniform, we will fight back!
We are very disappointed in Barak Hussein Obama and his recent pandering and flip-flops. His two main military "advisors," retired Generals Wesley Clark and Merrill McPeak are two of the worst possible egomaniacs to whisper in his non-veteran ear. Clark sought to be Obama's running mate - fat chance of that now, after his cheap shot remark about McCain "riding" an airplane over Hanoi - and the damage McPeak inflicted on the Air Force when he was boss, is still being felt. We hear the onetime "Bushie" and petulant party-switcher wants to be Obama's secretary of defense. That's one very good reason not to vote for "the rock star" right there.
When we get a heavy volume of mail from readers who apparently believe a so-far unsubstantiated Internet rumor that ABC's Martha Raddatz slants her news reports in favor of the Democrats, deliberately downplaying or ignoring the strong support John McCain has among our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, it's our duty to check it out.
Raddatz can never be mistaken for a Republican. Like 95% of her colleagues in the mainstream media, she can be expected to take the liberal side on most every issue and it's a safe bet she'll gladly cast her vote with everyone else at ABC NEWS for Obama in November. That said, she doesn't deserve a smear, if that is what is going on here. Frankly, we don't know, but intend to find out.
For the record, here below is what's being sent out over the Web. Underneath that, we will have an editorial and brief comments in her defense by the controversial news reporter.
HERE'S THE (SO-FAR) UNSUBSTANTIATED CHARGES
This from Major General (ret.) Buckman.
Just in case you happened to see the ABC News piece with interviews of five military folks in Iraq - three (said they) planned to vote for Obama and two for Hillary - no mention was made of any McCain supporters.
Well, here's the "Rest of the Story."
"My niece, Katelyn, stationed in Baluud, Iraq was assigned, with others of her detachment, to be escort/guard/watcher for Martha Raddatz of ABC News as she covered John McCain's recent trip to Iraq. Katelyn and her captain stood directly behind Raddatz as she queried GI's walking past.
"They kept count of the GI's and you should remember these numbers. She (Raddatz) asked 60 GI's who they planned to vote for in November. 54 said John McCain, four were for Obama and two wanted Hillary. Katelyn called home and told her Mom and Dad to watch ABC News the next night because she was standing directly behind Raddatz and maybe they'd see her on TV. Mom and Dad, of course, called and e-mailed all the kinfolk to watch the newscast and maybe see Katelyn.
"Well, of course, we all watched and what we saw wasn't a glimpse of Katelyn, but we got a hell of a view of skewed news. After a dissertation on McCain's trip and speech, ABC showed five GI's being asked by Raddatz how they were going to vote in November. There were three for Obama and two for Clinton. No mention of the 54 for McCain."
STILL SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH IN THIS MATTER
OK, that's it. Now, we tried to find out who this "Gen. Buckman" is so we could get a comment from him. There is a retired Air Force major general named Louis C. Buckman, but as of press time we were not able to contact him for confirmation of his e-mail.
Martha Raddatz was not exactly emphatic in her brief e-mailed remarks. She blew off the Internet charges as a "rumor" and said "I certainly didn't interview 60 soldiers about who they are voting for." OK, was it 58 then, or fifty? What about the main charge that she deliberately downplayed McCain's support?
We hope Gen. Buckman, his niece, or Martha will provide us with more details on just what happened. If Raddatz has been unfairly attacked, she's owed an apology. If she did do what is claimed, however, then she ought to be fired.