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Regarding U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Patrolling with no Rounds Chambered in Weapons, and also Followup on Patrolling Without Rounds Chambered in Weapons, I received this communication:
I approved a frontrunner on this written by my associate editor who had seen Michael post about it on his dispatch thread on Facebook.
As a journalist who has earned a living for many years as an indie, I’d like to let you know I vetted this story via Michael, via a soldier who had to by necessity remain anonymous, and by doing exhaustive searches on military message boards wherein the claim was documented.
My editor and I had multiple phone conversations about everything from the title (I insisted on specificity) to the exact claims, one reason I parsed the title as “Some soldiers in Afghanistan may patrol with no rounds chambered in weapons.”
In the end we ran the story because not for the first time we felt concern about the politics affecting the prosecution of this war. My own concern involved the wellbeing of our men and women in the war zone.
What dismayed me, aside from some rather unpleasant comments, was the inaccuracy of some in the media who memed the story, yet failed to hold the line on the claims. Some simply did not even read the story accurately and I believe we were careful and truthful in our claims.
I do not know the writer Cassandra. I do know that, having glanced at her compositions, she would be better served by working in a fast food restaurant. I am assuming she really is a she. Those who do not fully identify themselves leave the door open as to their actual identity.
I stand by the story we ran. It is accurate. I have worked for wire services and written for Pulitzer prize winning publications as an independent for more than two decades.
There is not a editor in the land who would not have approved our original story because it was true.
I’d also like to say that of all the journalists and war correspondents I interact with and there are many, Michael Yon has my utmost respect.
I just wanted you to know that.
Kay B. Day, editor
The US Report
Cassandra should take notice. In never pays to compose prose in a hysterical rant. It also pays to assume that you know nothing when you must assume that you know something. Just because Cassandra didn’t know that this report was vetted doesn’t mean that it wasn’t. Not all writers call her for approval before running a report.