Ed Henry at CNN has a point that he'd like to make. The Communist News Network, as we in the military often fondly refer to CNN, has not been a great buddy of Soldiers and Marines downrange who are doing the heavy lifting. They occasionally wrap a flag around something, but we often get the impression that it's just theatrics. The flag is rather eye-catching.
CNN is one of those organizations with the schizophrenia to pretend in their reporting that they are somehow an outsider. They aren't really Americans, they're detached observers. This lofty perch that they claim for themselves sets them outside of the pettiness of actually belonging to something other than the brotherhood of The Media. Anyway, we disdain them for their biased reporting and little agendas.
One of these agendas appears to be demonstrating to Americans the "real cost of the war." Ed Henry is hoping that President Obama will side with CNN on this, and asked at the press conference on Monday (which was about the "Stimulus Package") if the President will be removing the restriction keeping the media away from the repatriation of the fallen at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.
If you haven't seen this response to Mr. Henry's question, please do so. It is profound.
There is no doubt that this was not only Mr. Henry's question, but that of CNN. It certainly had nothing to do with the topic of the evening. CNN has a point to make, and the flag they want to wrap around themselves in this case is already wrapped around the casket of a servicemember who has given their all for their country. Even asking to be able to use such images for any reason other than to honor the fallen is heinous.
As Mr. Henry explained in his question to the President, CNN's reason is not to honor the fallen, but to demonstrate cost. Criteria for heinousness met.