For the first time in 18 years, a president has opened the press to cover fallen soldiers arriving at Dover. Families can allow the press in to these very private moments. President Obama did have private moments with the families, but it is the showing on television of coffin draped caskets that has some worried.
While we do applaud the president for deciding to personally visit fallen soldier's families, we cannot help but wonder if this is for political gain, or to appease political friends. We hope not.
We do, however, do not support allowing the press to cover these events at anybody's whim. There is too much of a danger of using these photos and videos for political propaganda on both sides.
There was a reason why the first President Bush in 1991 instituted the ban. And these reasons are still valid.
Decisions on war and military action should never be made on the basis of how someone feels after looking at photos or videos.
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