veterans of the Iraq conflict end up being treated like Viet
Nam Vets? Only if we allow slanted media to go
column by Nelson Thibodeaux
implanted into the memories of baby boomers are certain momentous
days in our country's history. Virtually all of us can
remember the circumstances when we learned President Kennedy
had been shot, and, for some of us, the moment we opened a
letter from the United States Selective Service. My letter
came in 1968; "Greetings from the United States Selective
Service, you are hereby instructed to report to the Federal
Post Office in Beaumont, Texas. You will be transported to
Houston, Texas where you will receive your pre-induction
physical prior to assignment to military service."
As a little side note, for the first time in the history of
the United States, the Marine Corps was also filling depleted
ranks via a random method as simple as... 1, 2, 3, 4..you are
now in the Marine Corps.
Unlike today's all volunteer military, when your number came
up in the selective service lottery of life, it was not a
request, but an order to report for military duty.
Recent media coverage of aged hippy type-protestors near
Crawford, Texas also spur some very unpleasant memories.
Soldiers returning from duty in Viet Nam were not met by local
chambers and cheering crowds at the airport. Instead, a
uniformed soldier was more likely to be spat on and called
baby killers. Most of these men had not volunteered to
fight in an unpopular war, they were called to duty regardless
of their personal beliefs in the matter.
Many of us have pledged we will never stand by and allow this
type of conduct ever go unchallenged again. In fact, by
the number of magnetic ribbons on automobiles, our numbers are
large. Few would disagree that the hateful conduct by the
public was spurred on by a media critical of the country's
involvement in Viet Nam.
This brings me to the point of this column. On July 2nd,
a parade was held called the Hometown Heroes Parade followed
by a ceremony recognizing two brave former CHHS students that
had made the ultimate sacrifice in the War of Terror.
Those who attended will tell you there was not a dry eye in
the house as the parents of these two soldiers reluctantly
agreed to accept the award that designated their sons
Colleyville Heroes. In addition, recent Purple Heart
winners were in the crowd, some soldiers were guests of the
Salute America's Heroes group that is raising funds to assist
returning veterans that have been wounded in the War on
Hometown Heroes Day included a parade of military
heroes, capped off by a ceremony sponsored by the City
of Colleyville and the Colleyville Lions Club.
Local News Only.com covered the event with numerous
photos and involvement, while the Colleyville Journal
was a sponsor and reported on the ceremony as front
Courier , in stark contrast to the other
"locally" owned media source (LNO) and in contrast
to the Colleyville Journal, the only other newspaper
dedicated to covering the Colleyville area, did not print one
word or publish one photograph of the events on that July 2nd
However, Friday August 19, 2005, the Courier gave front
page treatment, with photo, of a Southlake woman (referred to
by the Courier's "contributing writer" Debra
Edmondson as an "elder stateswoman"), travels to
Crawford, Texas to meet protestor Cindy Sheehan. Sheehan
is the California woman who has decided to to use the tragedy
of the death of her soldier son, in her effort to become a
While the Courier ignored the tribute in Colleyville
that honored our military, it printed this statement from
Sheehan on the front page, "Too bad they did not pound on
Bush before the war like they are pounding on a grieving
These comments would merit the Courier's FRONT PAGE
coverage, but two respected Colleyville and Grapevine
families, that lost loved ones in the War, didn't get any
coverage during a day that honored their sons and strived to
provide a precious memory of a community's caring for these
There are many diverse opinions about the Iraq war, but the
overwhelming majority of us have made a commitment that,
regardless of differences, we shall never allow those
differences to result in a disrespect or lack of honor for our
We have seen this joke of a newspaper attack local people
personally with trumped up charges that wouldn't have been
printed in a legitimate high school newspaper.
Obviously, as a recipient of some of their
"investigative" reporting by Colleyville's Lou
Costello reporter directed by the Courier's Editor, the
other half of the comedy team, I take anything it does with a
tiny grain of salt.
However, I must admit the front page story of a Southlake
woman traveling to Crawford to support a protesting
mother, who lost a son in the military that he proudly had
volunteered to serve in, versus totally ignoring a patriotic
day honoring our military heroes in Colleyville, speaks
volumes about which local media source is really in step with
the overwhelming majority of local citizens.
Why not cover the Colleyville activity by a local newspaper,
instead of something happening in Crawford, Texas? In
the late 1960s, the hatred for our soldiers was perpetuated
by a liberal media embellishing the importance, numbers and
impact of anti-war events. While at the same time, the
media ignored activities of people or events when those people
or events did not serve its own political bias.
The Colleyville Courier is reminiscent of the 1960s'
style of liberal media reporting. While totally and entirely
ignoring Colleyville Hometown Heroes day, attended by a large
crowd of local citizens, it embellishes one anti-Bush
protestor, from Southlake, with color photo and front page
While I understand most of the papers seldom avoid an
immediate trip to "File 13," perhaps citizens should
pick up the latest copy, August 19, 2005, of the Colleyville
Courier. What an amazing stretch to include one Bush
protestor as somehow being worthy of local news. After
you are read the anti-Bush propaganda, perhaps you may want to
check out the advertisers that are making it possible to have
this message come to your mailbox each week. Perhaps you
should speak to those who are alleged owners of the Courier.
Perhaps you should demand those advertisers and owners require
the Courier give equal coverage to patriotic
Colleyville citizens as they do one Bush war protestor.
While television and other media covered the Colleyville
Hometown Heroes Day, the Courier's Costello, or anyone
else on the Courier's behalf, were nowhere in site. If
they would have bothered to cover this LOCAL news event, they
would have seen a large crowd of local citizens that have a
different tactic supporting our President and the military.
Local News Only.com will generously make available to the Courier
numerous photos, at no fee, the Courier simply has
to agree to provide some equal coverage to those of a
different opinion. We all know our friends at the Courier
read LNO, so our offer has now been delivered to them and to
the public at large!
Perhaps, you should tell those advertisers, that are currently
providing the Courier the financial means to print and
deliver this bias drivel, you would be much more likely to do
business with them if they made a donation to the Coalition
to Salute America's Heroes , a group helping severely
wounded and disabled War on Terror veterans rebuild their
they could just continue to purchase advertising and help the
local anti-Bush newsletter spread its propaganda while
ignoring coverage from those with a different
view. Of course, its always your choice where you
spend your money, maybe the advertisers should be reminded of
this fact as well.
|All columns posted on
Local News Only.com (LNO) are noted as "a column
by." The opinions expressed are that of the
author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial
opinion of LNO. LNO does not warrant, confirm or
endorse any facts that may be referenced in the