Rep. Duncan Hunter Wants CNN Reporters Embedded with US Troops in Iraq Removed

Lorie, disgusted with CNN’s decision to show the video of a US soldier murdered by a terrorist sniper in Iraq, wrote in her post Unvarished Truth if CNN were so concerned with providing its viewers with the unvarnished truth, then why not show video of a partial birth abortion?

She wasn’t the only person disgusted with CNN’s decision to show the sniper video. Rep. Duncan Hunter, Republican from California, wants all CNN reporters embedded with US troops in Iraq removed:

CNN has become “the publicist for an enemy propaganda film” by broadcasting a video showing an insurgent sniper in Iraq apparently killing an American soldier, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said here Friday

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) called for the Pentagon to oust any CNN reporter embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq.

“I think Americans like to think we’re all in this together,” Hunter said. “The average American Marine or soldier has concluded after seeing that film that CNN is not on their side.”

CNN said it broadcast the brief video to show the threat that insurgent snipers posed to U.S. troops.

“Whether or not you agree with us in this case, our goal, as always, is to present the unvarnished truth as best we can,” CNN producer David Doss wrote in a blog on the network’s website.

Tony Snow, President Bush’s press secretary, said the insurgents were hoping to “break the will of the American people” by giving the video to CNN.

The footage was shown first on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” program, of which Doss is executive producer, and then on several news shows. It remained on CNN’s website Friday.

Doss said CNN Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware received the video after communicating — through intermediaries — with Ibrahim Shammari, a spokesman for the Islamic Army.

I support Congressman Hunter’s call for the removal of CNN reporters from the field. When CNN showed that video made by the enemy for the sole purpose of breaking America’s morale about the Iraq war and undermining our troops, it moved from reporting news to deliberately spreading enemy propaganda.

Congressman Bilbray is spot on with his characterization of the video:

Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Carlsbad), who with Hunter and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, called the film “nothing short of a terrorist snuff film.”

American reporters, especially those at CNN, must clarify who they really are: patriots or subversives? At this point, CNN looks like a bunch of seditious scoundrels to me.

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