On Thursday, CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr wrote an opinion piece for CNN raging against President Trump just like everyone else at CNN does, Newsbusters reported.
“Starr is employing the usual cant about how free speech and a free press is a core value of America that our soldiers are sworn to die to defend. Therefore, once again, CNN and their Obama-loving, Hillary-voting pals are the embodiment the First Amendment and anyone who resists their propaganda is opposed to freedom.”
This is what Starr had to say:
“Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford — two of the top commanders — are walking an increasingly fraught line, ordering troops to fight and die under a Commander-in-Chief who does not publicly share the values the troops are obligated to defend.
“Trump is now an accelerant. At what was supposed to be a presidential speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars this week, the President, as he almost always does, attacked the media, saying, “Don’t believe the crap you see from these people — the fake news.” Many in the audience cheered. And Dunford had just been there the day before. The VFW scolded its members on their reaction to Trump, saying it relies on the media to cover veteran’s issues.
“But there had been a little noticed, more worrisome incident. In March, Trump appeared at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego. Speaking before hundreds of Marines, he again pointed to reporters covering the speech and called them ‘fake news,’ leading hundreds of uniformed personnel to applaud wildly for a political statement attacking a press corps they are sworn to defend….
“Trump has now taken it a step further with what some say is an Orwellian declaration: ‘What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.’ But troops don’t have the luxury of serving only the parts of the nation’s fabric they agree with. They serve the nation. Despite Trump’s tendency to talk about the military as “his'” and “my generals,” nothing could be further from the truth. The US military is and must stay apolitical. It is not Trump’s.”
According to Starr, unless Mattis and Dunford condemn the president (and defend CNN), the military has been politicized.
“At the risk of being just as repetitive as CNN, we should remind the Pentagon brass that CNN falsely accused the U.S. military of gassing Laotians during the Vietnam War.
“CNN channeled Iraqi propaganda about America bombing baby-formula factories.
“CNN couldn’t show enough Abu Ghraib photos worldwide as it explained how each image was a terrorist recruitment poster.
“CNN broadcast grainy footage of terrorists calling themselves the Islamic Army of Iraq showing their snipers time and again shooting and presumably killing American soldiers, to demoralize the folks at home.”
CNN is starting to sound crazy, and particularly hypocritical (not that they haven’t for a long time).