We need a better press

Earlier this week, I saw several conservative posters online complaining about how Obama was trying to force Marines to wear “girlie hats”.  I didn’t really pay it much attention as none of the former Marines I work with had made any mention of an impending uniform hat.

Today, I happen to come across a press release from the Marines stating that there was no uniform change upcoming that was directed by the president.

From the official Marines website:

“Recent headlines in the media have created confusion regarding a Marine Corps uniform item, the male dress cover. Some in the media have implied that the President of the United States directed a change in this dress cover. 

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos said, “the President in no way, shape or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover.”

While the Marine Corps Uniform Board is currently looking for a new cover, or cap, for female Marines because the current manufacturer is going out of business, there is no intent to change the current male Marine dress cover.
A survey released by the Marine Corps Uniform Board eliciting input from Marines in regard to uniform items, sought opinions about the “Dan Daly-style” cover. 

Pictures of male Marines wearing this cover were included in the survey material.  This is standard practice while conducting surveys. For instance, when the Marine Corps transitioned to the current MARPAT camouflage design several years ago, surveys included a number of proposed cami-patterns and additional uniform options.  
  
“The surveys often contain photo illustrations that portray what a uniform article might look like when worn by a Marine,” Col. Todd S. Desgrosseilliers, Marine Corps Uniform Board president, said. “This is a very standard practice. While there was never any desire or intent to change the male Marine dress cover, the feedback we have received to maintain this iconic cover has been heard, loud and clear. “
 
Surveys conducted by the Uniform Board serve to inform the commandant, who has the final say on all changes to the Marine Corps uniform.

Seems as though the survey that went out was STANDARD PRACTICE and not some nefarious Liberal, Kenyan, Marxist, Socialist attempt at changing the Marines cover.  Gen. Amos is the one who would have the final say over uniform changes, not the president.  Furthermore, the USMC Uniform Band is looking to change hats and not the entire US Marine Corps.

In case you didn’t already figure out two of the primary purveyors of the story, here’s two screen captures to show how they decided to present this “news”.

First, from the New York Post:

*click to read NY Post story

*click to read NY Post story

And not to be left behind, Fox News jumped on the bandwagon:

*click to read Fox News story

*click to read Fox News story

There were others, such as the Washington Times, who also relayed this story.  None of the outlets I saw have issued a retraction or acknowledgment of their story being wrong.  The stories are still up and available on the internet as I type.

How can we honestly know what’s going on when our press isn’t being honest with us?  I’m picking on the conservative outlets, but the liberal sites also have their agendas they push.  Why can’t we simply have a news outlet that’s devoid of partisan wrangling and simply give us the news?  Don’t try to push an agenda for any political group.  Simply report the news.  I guess that’s simply too friggin’ hard to accomplish nowadays.

I don’t think the Founding Fathers would have considered the corporate shilling press anything remotely being “free press”.  It may come down to where individual bloggers become more of the “free press” as it was intended when this country was founded.  Hopefully, the same protections will be extended to bloggers as it is to the corporate press.  If we end up needing me personally to be the “free press”, then I know we’re all effed up.  Seriously.  😆

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12 thoughts on “We need a better press

  1. Thanks, Brosephus, for the real info re the hats/covers.
    I keep askin’ myself what is happening in/to our country. My conclusion: just dayum!

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  2. I’m picking on the conservative outlets, but the liberal sites also have their agendas they push. Why can’t we simply have a news outlet that’s devoid of partisan wrangling and simply give us the news?

    Good question but I think those days are long gone. Everybody has an ax to grind, an agenda to push, and something to sell. It would be nice if they’d just tell us what happened (verifiable facts) and let us figure out what it means. Folks might think I’m a tad full of myself on this subject but actually think I’ve got enough on the ball to figure out what it means and I figure most other folks do as well.

    It’s one of the unintended consequences of the 24 hour news cycle. Oh for the time in the early days of radio when the BBC newscasts were 15 minutes long and some days they would come on and report that there was “no news today”.

    Hell, you’re lucky now if you can even find a weather report on the Weather Channel.

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    • I’m with you on just giving me the facts. I think I have enough life experience and education to be able to think for myself without all the editorializing and other stuff. I can’t remember the 15 minute news, but I do remember how things were before the 24 hour news cycle.

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  3. “Earlier this week, I saw several conservative posters online complaining about how Obama was trying to force Marines to wear “girlie hats”.”

    “Major General Butler described Daly as, “The fightin’est Marine I ever knew!” Daly reportedly was offered an officer’s commission twice to which he responded that he would rather be, “…an outstanding sergeant than just another officer.” “

    I wonder if any of these delusional lickspittle media types of today would have dared express to Sergeant Major Daly that his hat was “girlie”.

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  4. I wonder if any of these delusional lickspittle media types of today would have dared express to Sergeant Major Daly that his hat was “girlie”

    I don’t think they would havehad the testicular fortitude to even think it in his presence.

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