CNN: “If It Decays, It Pays”

September 11, 2005

After 9/11, the US MSM displayed normal civilized values, declining to screen the terrible images of burning people jumping to their deaths. But then began a slide into depravity.

In the Iraq conflict, which the MSM opposed, they adopted the policy “If It Bleeds, It Leads” (remember the Snuff Pulitzers?). Now they have completed their journey into depravity, suing the US government for the right to photograph the dead. If you care for your moral integrity, don’t watch CNN.

CNN admits (hat tip LGF):

Rather than fight a lawsuit by CNN, the federal government abandoned its effort Saturday to prevent the media from reporting on the recovery of the dead in New Orleans.

Terry Ebert, the New Orleans director of Homeland Security had previously announced a “zero access policy” to keep the media from bodies.

“We don’t think that’s proper” to let members of the media view the bodies.

No doubt 99.999% of Americans would agree. However CNN sued and the local despot ruled in its favor:

U.S. District Court Judge Keith Ellison issued a temporary restraining order Friday against a “zero access” policy announced earlier in the day by Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who is overseeing the federal relief effort in the city, and Terry Ebbert, the city’s homeland security director.

Reacting to the decision, CNN News Group President Jim Walton said, “We are pleased by the decision. The free flow of information is vital for a free society.”

What’s going on here?

For thousands of years, respect for the dead has been the distinctive characteristic of civilization. Conversely the displaying the dead has been a clear indicator of barbarism – think headhunters.

CNN, a failing left wing broadcaster, wants to harm the President by shocking the public with the extent of the Katrina disaster. Now that MSM predictions of tens of thousands dead turn out to be false, it is looking to replace the shock of mass death with the shock of images of individual death and decay.

God will comfort the Americans who see the bodies of their kin so displayed, but not, I fancy, Mr Walton.


Never Forget Them

September 11, 2005

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