Saturday, May 28, 2005

Guild President Linda Foley Refuses Union Members Request

A member of the Newspaper Guild is not happy with Linda Foley and her comment here in STL where Foley stated that the American Military targets journalist in Iraq.

via Instapundit

Hiawatha Bray is a reporter for The Boston Globe and a member of the guild. Bray had a conversation on the phone with Foley today at 11:10AM and asked Foley to either back-up her statements or to retract them. The statement that Bray is asking Foley to prove or retract was made here in the STL at the NCFMR May 13th. Here is what Foley said:

"Journalists, by the way, are not just being targeted verbally or ah, or ah, politically. They are also being targeted for real, um … in places like Iraq. What outrages me as a representative of journalists is that there's not more outrage about the number, and the brutality, and the cavalier nature of the U.S. military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq. They target and kill journalists uh, from other countries, particularly Arab countries like Al -, like Arab news services like al-Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios with impunity. ..."

If you want to watch Foley's speech for yourself you can see it here


So how did Linda Foley President of the Newspaper Guild respond to one of her union members that she represents direct request to either prove the statement or retract it: "I am not going to discuss this with you on the eve of Memorial Day weekend." I completely agree with Bray's reaction to the Foley response which was "This remark strikes me as extremely odd. I can't think of a better time to redeem the honor of the US military by beginning a serious investigation of outrageous conduct on its part. If our soldiers are deliberately killing journalists, it's our duty to publicize it, so that such a terrible stain on our nation's integrity may be quickly cleansed. If, as I believe, your charge is false, I can think of no better time to retract this slander".

When the President of the Newspaper Guild makes an allegation of this magnitude then it is absolutely required that they either prove their statement is true or they retract it. Not doing so breaks every rule of journalism and that would not be acceptable from any journalist and especially outrageous from the president of the union. Time to come clean Linda Foley and address this matter. Your position demands it.

Just like the Eason Jordan issue that was basically the exact statement that Foley has made, not a single story ran in the Pravda Post. I have not seen one reference to the Foley story yet and don't expect to see one. Why, well like Jordangate, Foleygate exposes the liberally biased MSM as an institution that takes liberties with the facts when it benefits their stories and coverage that is driven by a liberal agenda. It is their duty to hold the government, the private section, private citizens and all other institutions accountable but not themselves. That's off limits and taboo because it exposes the favorite tool of agenda driven liberal media. Newsweek, 60 Minutes, Eason Jordan, Linda Foley, all big high profile false news reporting that some how do not produce a scream of outrage from the MSM. They cover it lightly but no rebuke, rather we get the false but true rational. They continue to erode their credibility and their integrity that is already at seriously low levels.

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no truth on this serious matter while Rome burns...............................................