EXCLUSIVE

CENSORSHIP AT STARS AND STRIPES - EDITOR
EXPOSED IGNORING MAJOR STORY THAT WOULD
HAVE UPSET BRASS HATS AT PENTAGON - WE
OBTAIN WRITTEN PROOF STARS AND STRIPES
DELIBERATELY KILLED STORY OF WEST POINT
GRAD/JAG OFFICER - MAJ DAN WOOLVERTON -
WHO ADMITTED USING INFANT SON IN A "HOME-
MADE" CHILD PORN PRODUCTION - "I DON'T SEE
HOW THIS IS A STORY THAT WOULD BE OF ANY
INTEREST TO US," A SENIOR EDITOR SAID - WHAT
ABOUT STRIPES MILITARY READERS? - IF ANDY
ROONEY WERE DEAD, HE'D ROLL IN HIS GRAVE

© 2010 MilitaryCorruption.com

By MAJ Glenn MacDonald, USAR (Ret.)

Andy Rooney, former staff writer for STARS AND STRIPES in World War II, no stranger to battles with censorship, might roll in his grave today, if he were already dead. The newspaper he served faithfully and well so many years ago has a bunch of "politically-correct" wimps running the show now. How do we know? Like good investigative reporters, we got our mitts on written proof. The kind that spells EMBARRASSMENT "big time" for the pompous bosses at that DOD-funded publication.

Even though many in the military suspect non-approved news doesn't make it onto STRIPES pages, you won't find an editor or current reporter there who will admit that is often the case. While not as bad as Air Force TIMES, who shamelessly suck up to the people they cover and ignore stories that the Pentagon wouldn't approve, STRIPES still has its problems.

For example, the disgraceful Maj. Jill Metzger "cover-up" and "disability pension" payoff. When the pampered one, who allegedly lied about her so-called "abduction" in Kyrgyzstan four years ago, was awarded a 100% "disability" pension, and the next year ran in not only the grueling Air Force but also Marine Corps Marathon, neither the TIMES or STRIPES would report it. Why not? Don't we have enough genuinely disabled war veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan who might be interested in finding out about such a blatant example of arrogance and fraud?

STARS AND STRIPES "AWOL" ON METZGER
COVER-UP AND MAJ WOOLVERTON STORY

When we first started exposing the Metzger "cover-up," a STARS AND STRIPES female reporter based in Germany phoned and talked with us at length. Some of the questions were, we felt, of the "gotcha" variety. In other words, Metzger's phony claims weren't so important to her as to why MilitaryCorruption.com was going after poster girl Jill in the first place. Very little of what we said made it into the paper. In fact, this Mustang officer's military rank (hard-earned, if ever an oak leaf was) was oddly dropped when he was quoted. Strange, since fellow retired combat veterans and field-grade officers such as the late COL David Hackworth and Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North didn't lose their rank in STRIPES. They weren't called "Mr." just because they'd hung up the uniform.

Metzger isn't the only major story we've reported that STRIPES has taken a pass on, but perhaps the most egregious example of censorship was a recent report we did on a West Point graduate and JAG officer who admitted he's used his infant son in a "home-made" child-porn production. It wasn't easy, but MilitaryCorruption.com obtained and published two pictures of MAJ Dan Woolverton - one his West Point yearbook pix, the other his NATURAL-BORN KILLERS "skinhead-zombie" police mug photo - after FBI agents arrested him in his suburban Virginia home last October.

The horrific story was largely missing from the pages of the nation's "mainstream media" despite a story on the Associated Press wire that surely made it to the STARS AND STRIPES editor's desk in Washington. If he somehow didn't see that, their staffer who monitors us daily, could have brought our more-detailed version to his attention. But not one word of this shocking story made it into print. A careful search of STRIPES archives comes up empty.

ACT OF "CENSORSHIP" PROVEN IN THEIR OWN WORDS

We have several thousand loyal readers in Germany. Not just active duty folks, but many retired GI's who married German girls and stayed "in-country," as well as a good number of Germans themselves. One retired Army light colonel, with more than 25 years of service, e-mailed us congratulations on our "fearless and uncensored coverage" of the Woolverton story. After all, the colonel reasoned, when a West Pointer and JAG who may have sent others to prison for the crimes he later admitted to is busted, that is NEWS, not an item to be ignored.

The officer who wrote us contacted the STARS AND STRIPES ombudsman and inquired as to why the paper had thus far failed to report such an important news story. The response he got back was far from satisfying, so the retired field-grade sent it on to us and gave permission to reprint the mail addressed to him "verbatim." This, we do here. It is very revealing.

"I have checked around the newsroom and can report that the editors DID NOT FEEL THIS A STORY WORTHY OF COVERAGE in STARS and STRIPES.

"A senior editor put it to me that he 'didn't see how this is a story THAT WOULD BE OF INTEREST to us.'

"Regardless of how you or I may feel about that position, I can assure you IT WILL DO NO GOOD to press further. ONCE THEY STAKE OUT A POSITION, THEY DO NOT BUDGE."

MARK PRENDERGAST
Ombudsman
STARS AND STRIPES
Suite 350
529 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20045-1301

ombudsman@stripes.osd.mil

Well, "WOO HOO!" If that doesn't prove "censorship" isn't alive and well in the STRIPES newsroom, what does?

We'd like to hear from our readers - contact us - in regard to whether YOU think STRIPES was correct or cowardly in blue-penciling the Woolverton story. MCC takes pride in printing ALL the news and plays no favorites - our motto is: FIGHTING FOR THE TRUTH AND EXPOSING THE CORRUPT." After ten years online and millions of hits a month, we would be more than happy to see our pals at STRIPES do a better job of respecting their readers by informing the ranks of all the news they deserve to know. Even if it puts noses at the Pentagon out of joint.

 

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EXCLUSIVE

WE PUBLISH PIX PENTAGON DOESN'T WANT YOU
TO SEE - MAJ DAN WOOLVERTON: ARMY JAG
OFFICER, WEST POINT GRADUATE, ADMITTED
CHILD MOLESTER - SEXUALLY ASSAULTED OWN
INFANT SON FOR HOME-MADE PORN VIDEO
SICKO NOW FACES STATE CHARGES IN VIRGINIA
THAT COULD BRING PERVERT LIFE IN PRISON
ALREADY SENTENCED TO 27 YEARS IN FEDERAL
FACILITY - SAME NO. CAROLINA COUNTRY CLUB
WHERE SWINDLER BERNIE MADOFF DOING TIME