February 11, 2011

Serving a Need or Just Being Sensational

Mike Yon has a Facebook page. Many of the Milbloggers that for years supported and reposted Mike's work, have been banned from that page, because of a war of words, that you can read more about here, here, here and here.

Today, I noticed that he posted a video of a soldier being filmed by a French news crew. In the video it appears that the soldier is pulling security and then takes a fateful step, stepping on a mine. The blast and the ensuing aftermath is caught on tape for all to see. The end result is that the Sergeant loses both legs. It's graphic, and it's horrible, but it is war, and as Mike says, this is the stuff our troops deal with on a daily basis.

But....

Was it necessary to repost the video on Facebook?

If Mike feels that American's aren’t really grasping the gravity of the situation, I honestly feel there are better ways of driving home the point without resorting to what can only be described as tabloid journalism.

Come on Mike, you can and have done better than this.

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