Thanks to all of you who have sent an email to Michael Berry. Keep it up! He still won’t admit that he was wrong, or that he opportunistically politicized what was a very honorable ceremony.
Update: Very clear photo of parents in front row here.
Second Update: Just to make it clear:
For the feeble, this is a photo of the parents, just to show that they are the people in the front row.
Here’s Michael Berry contact info. He’s a liar. Let him know it.
Michael Berry read this email on the air not once, but twice, and he didn’t see anything wrong with it. I’m thinking it is more of the “you made me think that about you so it’s your fault” sort of mind-game that he is known for. It concerns the Medal of Honor Ceremony that was held today at the White House. Before I get to nonsense of Michael Berry, let me just say that Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta is an honorable and very brave man and I hate that someone like Michael Berry, who never served, saw fit to denigrate what happened today. That the denigration was a complete fabrication makes it even worse. Michael Berry’s masculine insecurity knows no bounds.
This Salvatore Giunta, this story I find the humility of the man, compared not just to Barack Hussien Obama, but compared to that class of clowns in the United States Congress, the humility of the man. “I’m just an average soldier.” That’s what he said. And the woman on 60 Minutes with the cute accent said, “You’re average?” “Yeah.”"Well, who would be a great soldier, what about the great soldiers?” “Yeah, image how great they must be.” I mean that’s pretty strong, that’s really strong.
Humility is not a desirable attribute in talk radio, so it’s good to know that Berry recognizes it in his betters. Berry goes on:
I said yesterday that he erroneously that he won the medal of honor. You don’t win the medal of honor. You receive it. It’s my error, but there’s an email that came in, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Lance Corporal Clayton, and he wrote, “Michael, I had the honor of watching one of America’s true heroes receive the nation’s highest honor today. Something that many people think you win, but it’s really not won like a trophy or prize, the medal of honor is not something someone sets out to receive, because the act of which it takes to get, it is typically so big that you do not survive, which is why there have been nine, I believe the last nine have been given to people posthumously. I mean to the families.”
If you listen to Berry, those last couple of sentences sound ad libbed. I don’t think he got any such email — or — he didn’t clarify when he was reading and when he was editorializing. The next sentence is why I think it’s the former:
This is the first living medal of honor winner since Vietnam.
I thought they weren’t “winners” but rather recipients. Didn’t Lance Corporal Clayton just scold Berry for saying just that? Smells fishy to me.
This being said the highest respect should be paid to those who do receive it, and all should honor that person. Today while watching Staff Sargent Giunta stand there waiting, I couldn’t help but think about his family and question where they were, and why they weren’t there in the front row along with the soldiers that were with him during the altercation.
Lance Corporal Clayton, respectfully, they are in the front row.
That woman with the long blond hair in the front row? That’s his wife. The other people are his family.
At the end of the ceremony, the President started shaking the hands of all the congressmen in the front two rows and chatting it up with them.
Lance Corporal Clayton (or should I say Michael Berry?), the people the President was shaking hands with were Medal of Honor recipients.
But who cares? It sounds good! And it gets better!
It wasn’t until he reached the third row that he was actually to the point of where the family had been.
Wrong side of the room, idiot.
What’s this, more confusion about who is where? That always works on RADIO.
I even notice that one of the family members was a World War II vet and probably couldn’t see because of all the goons in front of him.
Let’s see. President Obama acknowledges the families of the men Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta tried to save. And who are the “goons” in front of them? The Staff Sergeant’s family.
What can I say, it’s misdirection all around.
All the soldiers were further back, on a different side, back behind everyone else.
That everyone else being Medal of Honor “winners”.
I guess my question to you is, am I viewing this wrong?
Is this just another show of how disrespectful he is toward the heroes of our nation, the true heroes of our nation?
Should the families and soldiers been in the front, shouldn’t the families and soldiers been in the front, ahead of the others that he rubs elbows with every day and as a Marine this completely disgusts me. But before any of those non-deserving should have been at least been the family, in my opinion.
The family of Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta was in front, so what is Michael Berry going on about? The only people in front of his fellow soldiers were Medal of Honor recipients, so who is this guy — whoever it is — talking about?
Oh, it must be Michelle Obama and Secretary Gates, as you can see. Right?
That’s seemingly the end of Berry’s “reading of the email” and now we are into Berry’s “own” thoughts:
And that’s so true. Who put the United States Congressmen who’ve done exactly nothing on the front two rows and then there’s his family on the third row?
No one because they weren’t there.
And the family of the two soldiers who died and whose lives he was working to save, which is why he received the medal of honor, you put them back on the third row.
Because his family was in the first two rows.
They gave the ultimate measure of commitment to our nation and they’re on the third row, behind the Democrats in Congress.
No, they were behind the family of the man being honored.
If there is a more fitting example of the hubris and arrogance and lack of respect for every-day Americans than that photograph,
Which photograph would that be, Michael? You said you got an email supposedly from someone who had watched the ceremony, not just looked at some picture. You made an assumption, didn’t you Michael Berry, and you think you can sully every last thing this president does. Well you can’t.
Congressmen on the first two rows, and the honest descent every-day families who’ve lost loved ones in Afghanistan at a ceremony to honor their loved ones, on the third row. If there is a more fitting picture for what’s wrong in this country, I can’t imagine what it is.
This is what is wrong with this country. People like Michael Berry. There were no Congress people there, and had there been, and had they wanted to honor Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, so what? The people in the front rows were previous “winners” and military officials and the First Lady.
Just so you know, Michael Berry took no calls that whole hour, even though he spent most of it railing about the new topic de jure. There’s a reason for that.
Lying Liars Lie, AMIRITE?