I am livid about how they grossly screwed up the NPR article on CB. They had a perfect piece of writing, and blew it!
So I went out of character and wrote a rant to the NPR response people, where it will never see the light of day.
You blew it. A guy in Iraq getting shot at big time manages to write beautifully about dramatic and important events, and you put his family at risk by publishing his name all over the web and on the radio.
That’s much, much worse than misrepresenting the purpose of the article to that author, which you seem to have done here, or completely losing the clue about what the phrase “operational security” means, or conflating mysterious “insurgents” with the Al-Qaeda fighters in black who rained RPG fire upon the Strykers, or building a narrative frame that rings false to military people who are actually there. Did you frame your question to Michael O’Hanlon to get the answer you wanted, instead of giving him enough information to understand what was going on?
Now this Army guy will worry about people who want to kill him harassing him or his family. Perhaps you could follow up with phone numbers of his mom so they can directly call her up at three in the morning and falsely tell her that her son is dead, as has happened to families of soldiers recently? It would be *so* hard for them to look it up, at least thirty seconds of work.
Thanks. Thanks a lot. Thanks for really caring about the troops.
Mudville finds no joy, either.
And NPR’s reader sounded exactly like the bus driver on the Simpsons.
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