Tuesday, September 25, 2007

They don't know

..but they still care more about a stupid ad than the soldiers dying everyday:

BLACKBURN: Everybody is concerned about the MoveOn ad. Everybody is concerned about what seems to be the violation of the public trust by the “New York Times.” Look, we all know that their circulation is down, that their stock is down, that they — I think it was last year fired 500 people. Everyone is aware of that. My goodness, to find out now that they are fire selling their ad space.

SHUSTER: Congressman, let’s talk about the public trust. You represent, of course, a district in western Tennessee. What was the name of the last soldier from your district who was killed in Iraq?

BLACKBURN: The name of the last soldier killed in Iraq, from my district, I do not know.

SHUSTER: His name was Jeremy Bohannan (ph). He was killed August 9, 2007. How come you did not know that the name?

BLACKBURN: I do not know why I did not know the name. We made contact with the families in our district. When you have a major military post, you are very sensitive to this and sensitive to working with those families, and that is something that my staff and I do daily. Our district director is a gentleman who has served in the U.S. Army and currently serves in the National Guard. And we do everything that we possibly can do to assist those families. We are very appreciative of the sacrifice.

SHUSTER: But you were not appreciative enough to know the name of this young man. He was 18 years old and killed. Yet you can say chapter and verse about what’s going on with the “New York Times” and MoveOn.org.

BLACKBURN: You’re exactly right. I can say chapter and verse what was going on with MoveOn.org.

SHUSTER: Don’t you understand the problems that a lot of people would have, that you’re so focused on an ad. When was the last time a “New York Times” ad ever killed somebody? Yet here we have a war that took the life of an 18-year-old kid, Jeremy Bohannan, from your district and you didn’t know his name?

BLACKBURN: Well — and — we work very closely, as I said, with those families. […]

SHUSTER: I agree, Congresswoman, do you stay in touch with these military families. But I again, I still think it’s a little surprising that you did not know the name of the last soldier killed in Iraq, who is only 18 years old, and yet you know so much about the MoveOn.org ad and the tactics you don’t like.

From Oliver Willlis OG.

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