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:
And not to be left behind, Fox News jumped on the bandwagon:
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. 😆
- Obama wants Marines to wear ‘girly’ hats (freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com)
- Obama pushes ‘girly’ hats on Marines (wnd.com)
- Obama pushes ‘unisex’ hats for Marines… (nypost.com)
- The ‘brim’ming controversy about Marines hats (security.blogs.cnn.com)
- Obama Trys To Humiliate The Marines (thecampofthesaints.org)
- Marines shoot down Internet story on Obama’s alleged push for ‘girly hats’ (stripes.com)
- The Story About Obama Wanting Marines To Wear ‘Girly’ Hats Is Total B.S. (businessinsider.com)
- Marines: President Obama isn’t making us change our caps (al.com)
- Girly-hat-gate ends with a whimper (dailykos.com)