Posted by Judson Phillips on August 11, 2011 at 6:56am in Tea
Party Nation Forum
The bodies of the thirty Americans killed in Afghanistan were returned to America. In a reversal of policy, the Obama regime refused to allow press photographers to photograph or video the return. Of course that did not stop the White House from bringing its own photographer to make sure there was a photo of Obama at the event.
From the AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House photographer was allowed to take and widely distribute a photo from the ceremony Tuesday for the return of the remains of 30 American troops killed in a weekend helicopter crash in Afghanistan despite the Pentagon’s claim that any public depiction of the scene would violate the wishes of bereaved families.
News media coverage of the ceremony had been banned by the Pentagon over the objections of several news organizations.
Pentagon officials had said that because 19 of 30 of the American families of the dead had objected to media coverage of the remains coming off a plane at Dover Air Force Base, no images could be taken. In addition, the Pentagon rejected media requests to take photos that showed officials at the ceremony but did not depict caskets.
President Barack Obama attended the ceremony, called a “dignified transfer,” for those killed in the worst single loss of the nearly 10-year war. An official White House photo of a saluting Obama was distributed to news media and published widely. It also was posted on the White House website as the “Photo of the Day.” It showed Obama and other officials in silhouette and did not depict caskets.
Doug Wilson, head of public affairs at the Pentagon, said the department did not know the White House photographer was present and had no idea a photo of the event was being released until it became public. He said the photographers who routinely travel with the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were not allowed to go to the event, and no official Pentagon photos were taken or released.
The Associated Press did not transmit the White House photo to its customers, in accordance with its policy of refusing government handout images of events it believes the media should have access to.
When asked about the photo Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the picture was carefully taken so that it did not show the cases containing remains.
“The White House routinely releases photos taken by the White House photographers in specific circumstances where it would be inappropriate to include members of the media,” Carney said. “In this case, the White House released the photo, in the interests of transparency, so that the American people could have as much insight as possible into this historic and sobering event.”
The full story is here: http://news.yahoo.com/white-house-photo-sparks-protest-223835400.html
Yes, the White House wanted that photo showing Obama “saluting” the fallen. The fallen Seals and other military personel are nothing more than photo opportunities for Obama.
To their credit, the AP did not release that photo.
Good for them.
One thing is certain. If there had been a way to
prevent the White House from taking photos at the event, Obama would not have been there.
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