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Conservatives Exploiting the Dead? Say It Ain’t So!

In their name, however, we cannot forget that their memory has been used to justify a failed war, exploited by an embattled president, and distorted by people more interested in politics than people.
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So conservative sites are in a lather today about the media’s insistence that they be allowed to show bodies from New Orleans after they refused to show pictures of the victims of 9/11. The jackasses at Little Green Footballs approvingly quote an article from the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 about shooting photographers.

I’m not one to point out idiocy, but given that the pictures the sites feature are from the AP, ABC, and other mainstream outlets, I am confused about how the mainstream media acted to cover up the events of 9/11. Don’t we all remember those iconic images, presented to us by the media? The mainstream media must have taken those pictures and then hidden them–only to be discovered by conservative bloggers.

For some reason, all of the sites seem to feature the same picture of a man who presumably had leapt to his death from one of the WTC buildings. I can’t imagine that conservatives would be exploiting the suffering of that man and his family for political gain. That would seem ghoulish. I can’t imagine the president or his supporters exploiting the suffering of 9/11 for politics.

Today is absolutely a day to remember those who died on September 11th. They were innocent victims, and they and their familes deserve our sympathy and rememberance. In their name, however, we cannot forget that their memory has been used to justify a failed war, exploited by an embattled president, and distorted by people more interested in politics than people.

While the Pentagon sponsors an event on our nation’s Mall today, celebrating the war, threatening to arrest those not approved to be there, let’s remember what the familes of 9/11 lost…and what our nation seems to be losing.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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