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Now, the rest of the story..............

by Mac McMullen / December 9, 2004 6:21 AM PST

I have no link or confirmation, but this is circulating today.

Recall the front page and prime time reports in the last day or so about soldiers asking the tough questions of SecDef Rumsfeld ?

Now for the "Rest of The Story !

It seems that Rumsfeld was "set up", in that a reporter planted questions with one or more of the soldiers.

Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter Edward Lee Pitts is embedded with the 278th Regimental Combat Team, now in Kuwait preparing to enter Iraq, and is filing articles for his paper:

http://www.greene.xtn.net/index.php?table=news&template=news.view.subscriber&newsid=117612

In a purported e-mail Pitts claims he coached soldiers with questions to ask Rumsfeld.

When reached, vairous Chattanooga Times Free Press staffers offered "no comment".

More about the SecDef's visit and reaction to the press conference:

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20041209/D86S7I381.html

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What exactly is wrong with helping the soldiers with their q
by Ziks511 / December 9, 2004 10:13 PM PST

questions, and who approached who?

Obviously the soldiers were comfortable with the questions they asked, so where's the set up?

There's another thread discussing this same issue.

Rob Boyter

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Its about making an impact more than telling the truth
by Steven Haninger / December 9, 2004 10:32 PM PST

Movie directors want a good scene take. They coach the actors and extras. They want some dialog to appear as spontaneous as possible even though it cannot be.
Journalists want a good news piece (to make them look good). They coach the "cast" of their bit. They want it to look spontaneous even if it's not. This does not make it necessarily "wrong" to do it or improper for the soldier to cooperate. It does make it difficult for the news audience to discern what the real atmosphere is at times. We just need to be aware of this as we watch the news and feel our initial reactions as they may be full of error.

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