Accuracy in Media

The Mudville Gazette has reported that once again, the “mainstream” media have distorted their coverage of the recent murders at Fort Hood. 

Private Joseph Foster was sitting in the second row when Nidal Malik Hasan attacked last week, and explained his situation to CNN:

Roberts: So the first moments of Thursday afternoon, can you tell our viewers, you know, where you were, what happened, how it all unfolded?

Foster: I was sitting in what they call station 13, it’s where we get, basically, our final outs of our RSP (ph) system and I was sitting in about the second row back when the assailant stood up, screamed and yelled Allah Akbar (ph) in Arabic and he opened fire.

Foster was one of those soldiers wounded when Hasan began shooting.  He was shot in the hip, but even with his wound he did “what [he] was trained to do,” helping others get out of harm’s way. As the Mudville Gazette pointed out, when Roberts said Foster was “acting heroically” for helping others despite his injury, Foster nobly protested:

ROBERTS: So you were acting like a soldier. You were acting heroically. We should point out that you’re with the 20th Engineer Battalion and despite your best efforts and I guess the efforts of your comrades, as well, four members of the battalion were killed, 10 others were injured. And you were shot in the hip and you didn’t realize it at the time?

Foster: I had realized it at first, but with that much adrenaline, you tend to forget things. 

Clearly, Foster was implying that his adrenaline rush made it possible for him to forget the pain from his hip and save the lives of those around him.

However, you would never get this story if you didn’t watch the video of Private Foster yourself (or read about it at the Mudville Gazette or Gateway Pundit)-because CNN was reporting Foster’s account thusly:

Fort Hood, Texas (CNN) — Pvt. Joseph Foster was filling out routine paperwork for his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan on Thursday when he heard a shout quickly followed by a burst of gunfire from just a few feet away.

“I was sitting in about the second row back when the assailant stood up and yelled ‘Allahu akbar’ in Arabic and he opened fire,” Foster said Monday on CNN’s “American Morning.”

Foster, 21, said he wasn’t clear about whether the gunman said those exact words, noting that “with that much adrenaline, you tend to forget things.”

Of course, when the Mudville Gazette first pointed this out, CNN retroactively edited the first article they linked to.  They did find this page that as of 1:26 PM EST had the original story intact, and we at Accuracy in Media took the liberty of saving a screenshot of the page, in case they retroactively edit that one, too. 

This story serves as a disturbing wake-up call to those few left in society today who believe that such organizations as CNN are above selective editing for agenda-driven purposes.  This is just one more reason why the American people should think twice before believing what they read.

 




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