Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Major Troy Gilbert's Wife Speaks Out Against the Liberal Media

While they (that is, the media) remain largely silent on it. The only place I've seen this story gain any legs and traction, is in the conservative blogosphere.

Here's the background:
In November of 2006, Major Troy Gilbert was killed when the F-16 he was piloting crashed while supporting ground forces in Iraq. Gilbert was assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. In the last week, an al Qaeda-led group released a video which they claim is the body of Gilbert, along with anti war propaganda.

In the video, terrorists rail against George Bush and American policies, and shows images of what appears to be a body in a U.S. soldier uniform, along with an ID card with Gilbert's name and photo. The group claims to have shot down Gilbert's aircraft, but the cause of the crash remains unknown.
Rusty gives The Jawa Report:

Over the past several days I have received dozens of requests to see the recent video released by al Qaeda in Iraq which showed the terror organization desecrating the body of downed pilot Maj. Troy L. Gilbert. The majority of those requests came from Troy's friends and comrades at Luke Air Force Base. They expressed a wish to see just what it was that Troy was fighting in Iraq.

Despite my hesitation over sending the video, many insisted that they needed to see the video. Some of them are close with Troy's widow, Ginger Gilbert, and felt that watching the video would help them support her in this time of need.

One of those that requested the video is an instructor at Luke AFB. He says he will use the video to show his students what they are up against.

Friends of the Gilbert family told me earlier today that Ginger, would be holding a press conference today.

This is what Ginger said:

"When media chooses to use Troy's plane crash as a political catalyst to generate anti-war sentiment, it only serves to degrade the moral integrity my husband possessed and the morale of those still selflessly serving," Gilbert said at news conference at Glendale's Falcon Dunes Golf Course, across from Luke.

"Every time the press lends credibility and significance to terrorist propaganda clearly designed to erode public support or questions the validity of our brave soldiers' selfless acts of service and the war itself," she added, "it only serves to damage our country from within its own borders and embolden those who would do us harm."

I wonder: if Ginger spoke out against the war, lashed out at our President, do you suppose the media would have then made a circus frenzy over this press conference?

Confederate Yankee links to what media outlets have reported this.

Also blogging:
Bookworm Room
Flopping Aces (cross-post)
Hugh Hewitt
The Strata-Sphere

Steve Schippert at National Review

God bless Ginger and her five children. And may her husband rest in peace.

Ginger Gilbert, widow of Air Force Maj. Troy Gilbert, a war victim in Iraq, gets support from well-wishers as she lashes out at the national media during a meeting with reporters near Luke Air Force Base. [Photo by Scott Wong]

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Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I completely, 100% concur.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:11:00 AM  
Blogger repsac3 said...

Since I don't know what the major media actually did, it's hard to condemn them for doing it.

Unfortunately, there comes a point when a personal story becomes a public one, and that story belongs to the greater public. I don't believe that being shot down in a war should fall into that catagory much beyond the name of the pilot, but having the dubious "honor" of having ObL's voice on a video about one's death does raise the stakes. That said, no media outlet should broadcast such a video. Those that did made a decision I do not support.

As far as it's use (or use of any aspect of this man's death) proving bias, I'd have to see it for myself, as different people have different ideas about what constitutes bias.

I'm not sure that pointing out that, but for this war, it is likely this man (& so many others) would likely be alive today is an unfair use, for instance, though others might disagree.

When it comes to pro-peace displays and instillations that use the names of soldiers who've died, I'm more torn. While I suspect it's legal, I think it's morality questionable, especially when the soldier's family doesn't want it used in that way.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:54:00 AM  
Blogger J_G said...

Well, we have known for many years that media is biased and if they did not use such a video to further their own political objectives I would be quite suprised.

There is no question of the media bias there is only the question of what has to be done to counter their obviously biased actions.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Updated the post, a bit.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Excellent post, Wordsmith. God bless Ginger and her kids. What a strong woman to be out in front on her opinions. I hope her voice is heard around this country.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Great posts Word. Both husband and wife deserve medals!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

Nice posting, Wordsmith!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:11:00 PM  

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