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January 1, 2007

ABC Attacks Fallen Soldier's Belief In The Afterlife

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media

Incredibly, it appears that ABC has no problem adding religious insult to mortal injury in its coverage of the 3000th US service-person to die in Iraq, in which they seem to suggest that there is something odd or erroneous in a fallen soldier's expression of a traditional belief in the afterlife:


Today's "Good Morning America" focused on the death of Army Specialist Dustin Donica of Texas, believed to be that 3000th serviceman lost in Iraq. Narrating the segment, ABC's Jonathan Karl stated: "The MySpace page he left behind bears the tributes of those whose lives he touched." The screen then displayed the message [shown larger-than-normal here for clarity's sake] from one of those friends:
"You were one of my best friends and I'll never forget you. All my prayers go to your family and I'll see you again." (sic)
The friend was obviously expressing his expectation to see Dustin again in the world to come. That the reference to seeing Dustin again was prefaced by a mention of the family being in the friend's "prayers" leaves no doubt that religious faith was being expressed.
From it's coverage we can only assume that traditional religious belief strikes ABC so odd or erroneous as to "require a snide little "sic," and furthermore that ABC thinks that belief in the afterlife is so odd that they want viewers to understand that the "mistake" was the author's, not their's (hat tip - commenter at NewsBusters).

By definition:

sic: thus; so. Used to indicate that a quoted passage, especially one containing an error or unconventional spelling, has been retained in its original form or written intentionally.
Are we assuming ABC's intentions? Perhaps, but after all, they do have a history of being anti-faith, and especially anti-Christian.

You can contact ABC here to comment on their coverage of the story (select "Good Morning America" in the drop-down box). ABC's complete and utter disdain for the fallen soldier's beliefs, and by extension that of all religious people, is most deserving of our criticism.

Other coverage: Ed Driscoll is apparently also perturbed, but Brian Noggle has a different viewpoint - one that I'm not buying into. After all, he has a grammatical error of his own to contend with (note "heathen mocking Christians" instead of "heathens mocking Christians").

"Anywho," just call me an anti-MSM rightwing nut, but as I noted above - given ABC's history, I'm not willing to cut them any slack.

Posted by Richard at January 1, 2007 5:48 PM

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