Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Take Action: Write the Associated Press

Move on has assembled a media watch group, with the onus of keeping tabs on print and media sources. It’s their hope to keep these sources to the idea of fair and balanced reporting.

The first issue that they have brought forth is the AP’s equation that “pro-war” equals “pro-troops”. Although I am not in disagreement that these people support our brave men and women of the United States armed forces, those very same words are left out of “anti-war” rally stories.

If you have five minutes, write the AP and let them know your feelings on this.

The Meatstack's Open Letter:

Dear Sir or Madam,

As a former reporter for print (The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat) and Media (WJAC-TV) I’m writing you today to urge you not to equate “pro-war” rallies with “pro-troops.”

I bring this to your attention because “pro-troops” holds merit on both sides of the debate. The anti-war community has always remained pro-troops, believing the best way to support our troops is to bring them home. Some members of the anti-war movement have family members currently in service. This unfair labeling causes these parents, husbands and wives undue heartache, as their efforts to see their family home safe are being labeled unjustly.

Please consider either dropping “pro-troops” from your verbage, or applying it fairly to both sides of the issue.

Thank you for your time.
Columbus, Ohio

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