Our country remains in social, economic and political divide and its media is inundated with a plethora of unethical reporting and inappropriate opine. Instant feeds via social media, Meta descriptions, news apps and 24-hour broadcasts means liquid reporting which quite often becomes dirty data; setting the stage for inconsistent facts distributed to millions.
Concurrent to Civi-news junkies, quick intelligence has become important to the military community. Keeping up on current affairs helps mitigate stresses related to terrorist threats, war, deployments, sequestration and budget cuts, suicides, deaths and other issues that affect America’s way of life. And, with hold of partisan reporting by journalists, bloggers and agenda-biased writers, comes potential for dangerous minds.
For the past 16 months media have fluidly reported the details of the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. compound in Benghazi that killed four Americans including our Ambassador.
Citizens across the country watched, read, listened – and most believed a compassionate story of reason told by our leaders.
A country thirsty for truth, fell naivety as our president et al stood before us, touted a spontaneous attack caused by an anti-Islamic video and expressed sorrow, empathy, and determination to bring those responsible to justice.
But, the timeline of the attacks caught public eye and pinged questions of our military’s ability to successfully engage in elements-of-surprise. So, with queries came the discovery of President Obama’s untrue story. The attacks weren’t spontaneous or caused over outrage of a video.
This week, the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded their investigative report on that attack noting shortfalls and recommendations but there were no remedies offered for the misleading story that was told over and over and over again.
This week media headlines differed:
NBCNews- First Thoughts: Benghazi vs the Bridge
NYTimes- Benghazi Attack Called Avoidable in Senate Report
CNN- Senators: Benghazi attack ‘likely preventable’
Fox News- The Benghazi Transcripts: Top Defense officials briefed Obama on attack, not video or protest
In the mindset of most, Ambassador Chris Stevens, Security Officer Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Tyronne Woods and Glen Doherty paid the ultimate price while doing their jobs. Their death was devastating and compassion was felt by the entire country- regardless of story.
The determination that the attacks were “preventable” is absorbed by service members with resilience. Most serve the country with little- to- no resistance, question or regret and accept the responsibility of making the ultimate sacrifice.
But, military members seek honor not necessarily circumstance. As far removed as civilians may be from war, fighting terror or confinement to a consistent holding pattern in harm’s way, we too realize circumstance. The attacks being preventable is circumstance, the truth about the circumstance is honor and we all should demand truth.
Most media continue to miss the mark to honor our military and people by tolerating deception. Dismissing fraud could mean the demise of our honor, accepting it indicates our integrity has dumbed down as a society- beginning with the POTUS ability to fool his Nation.