TOPIC: As you know, the United States is on the threshhold of embarking on another military mission in Iraq. This mission has the potential of escalating far beyond the limits being reported today by Administration officials. In order for Americans, and particulary war veterans and the families of active military personnel to make good judgments on the upcoming escalation, it is important that the people who are working in the news media report fully and accurately the information they are giving you in order for you to be well and truthfully informed.
As you also know, one media house, The New York Times, recently exhibited honesty yet embarassment by its admission that it biased its news reporting in favor of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which Americans now know was an unjustified if not criminal attack under international law. Fortunately, America's economic influence in the world and its enormous military power prevents the US from being both prosecuted and punished. However, if the US were to commit a second act of unwarranted aggression the number of people and countries around the world might find it necessary to hold the US in low esteem and/or exercise sanctions against us.
And because one Israeli-American NY Times reporter went to jail for withholding facts from investigators who were prosecuting security leaks intended to falsely mislead the American people into attacking Iraq in 2003, it is important that news reporters fully disclose any financial, ethnic or other biases they may have that are expressed by them to favor an act which they know to be wrong.
QUESTION 1/13: In the interest of fair reporting, should news reporters who cover Middle East affairs disclose their religious ethnicity during or before their news reports if their ethnicity is factored in the event(s) they are reporting on? For example, Should Judith Miller of the NY Times have regularly reminded her readers that she was Jewish when she authored reports that were strongly in favor of the US invading Iraq in 2003?
QUESTION 2/13: When reading or seeing news reports about or conducted from theaters where combat is occuring, is the sex of the news reporter important to you? For example, very few military females serve in combat, yet an increasing number of females are now serving as "war correspondents" or reporting war news.
QUESTION 3/13: When reading or seeing news reports about or conducted from theaters where combat is occuring, is the news reporter's personal, if any, military experience important to you?
QUESTION 4/13: When reading or seeing news reports about activity involving homosexuals or sexual harassment in the US military which now allows homosexuals to serve openly and is integrating females into previously all male units and professions, is the news reporter's sexual preference (heterosexual or homosexual) important for to you know when assessing the reporter's 'slant' on a military sex story?
QUESTION 5/13: Would you prefer to read or hear war news from a male or female news reporter?
QUESTION 6/13: Which sex do you feel provides more objective and clinical war reporting?
QUESTION 7/13: The duty of the news reporter is to provide what is called the "Six W's": "who, what, when, where, why and how". Which sex do you feel provides more of the 'Six W's' in their news reports?
QUESTION 8/13: The news media is the only commercial industry written into the US Constitution by Benjamin Franklin, often called "the father of the news media", as being necessary to the function of a democratic government. Do you feel the news media today is living up to its responsibility to report fairly, accurately and objectively?
QUESTION 9/13: If you answered 'No' to the above question, which sex do you feel performs less responsibly or moreoften slants their reporting according to their personal biases?
QUESTION 10/13: Male TV journalists generally show no more skin than their face, neck and hands. However, many female journalists show arms, cleavage and thighs, or wear tight-fitting garments. Do you feel female journalists too often intentionally inject an element of sex into their visual reports?
QUESTION 11/13: Are you male or female?
QUESTION 12/13: Did you serve in the US military?
QUESTION 13/13: If you answered 'Yes' to the above question, did you serve in a confict theater during active combat?
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