Chris Baker has a non-blog over at the KTRH web site. It’s where he posts his video of the day and copies and pastes stuff from World Net Daily, Free Republic, and sometimes the Houston Chronicle. He’s deleted his non-blog at least twice and actually posted two emails I had written him on the very first day the non-blog was up. (Since I had written the emails before he announced his non-blog in the first place, I asked him to remove them and he complied.)
It’s also a non-blog because it has no archives — I guess you could do a search at the top — and so this little non-post that I’m linking to probably won’t be there in a couple of days. Baker links to an article in the Chronicle about a terribly brutal attack in Iraq earlier this month. (Bob Schieffer spoke about the attack and the issues surrounding the characterization of it by the U.S. military on Face the Nation last Sunday.) He starts off like this:
The Silence is Deafening
Am I the only person noticing?
He then snips his copy and paste of the Chronicle article after the first paragraph to insert this:
What happened to all “concerned” human rights activist who are outraged (and still whining) about the treatment of prisoners? Four Americans were kidnapped and instantly murdered and not one word from any of these phony rats. It’s all one sided, Americans are kidnapped and killed and it’s George Bushes fault. Terrorist in custody are interrogated and roughed up and there are legions of activist, lawyers and sadly members of the US Congress who will trample each other in a race to get in front of a camera to blame George Bush. Traitorous skunks every one of them.*
I’m not going to pull apart Baker’s argument because, frankly, it’s pretty clear, and he’s made it before and will make it again. He knows what he is doing. Mostly, I think he writes and says things like this to make a splash for his radio program and to rile up those who are willing to take the bait.
I’m fairly certain that Baker must be aware of this article in WAPO today. If he’s not, then he should inform himself before going off on his name-calling binge.
Just before Christmas, an Army captain named Brian Freemancornered Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) at a Baghdad helicopter landing zone. The war was going badly, he told them. Troops were stretched so thin they were doing tasks they never dreamed of, let alone trained for.
Freeman, 31, took a short holiday leave to see his 14-month-old daughter and 2-year-old son, returned to his base in Karbala, Iraq, and less than two weeks ago died in a hail of bullets and grenades. Insurgents, dressed in U.S. military uniforms, speaking English and driving black American SUVs, got through a checkpoint and attacked, kidnapped four soldiers and later shot them. Freeman died in the assault, the fifth casualty of the brazen attack. This is the impact Freeman’s death had on Dodd and Kerry:
“This was the kind of person you don’t forget,” Dodd said yesterday. “You mention the number dead, 3,000, the 22,000 wounded, and you almost see the eyes glaze over. But you talk about an individual like this, who was doing his job, a hell of a job, but was also willing to talk about what was wrong, it’s a way to really bring it to life, to connect.”
“When I returned from war, almost 40 years ago now, I stood up and spoke from my heart and my gut about what I thought was wrong,” Kerry said on the Senate floor last week as he recounted his meeting with Freeman. “I asked the question in 1971: How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? . . . I never thought that I would be reliving the need to ask that question again.”
The “silence” Baker describes in his title is only due to the fact that he refuses to listen. Is he the only one noticing (the silence)? I think so. But it’s his own fault.
Tom Freeman was the second person honored out of 17 tonight at the end of The News Hour.
At the end of Baker’s copy ‘n paste non-post, he gets in another of his favorites:
Terrorist (sic) slaughter innocent (sic) and let the Bush bash begin.
The Radical Islamist (sic) and their Communist/Marxist allies are using a willing American media to destroy your will to survive.
Many of our members of congress are helping.
Do you feel that way? How is your will to survive faring these days? Mine is quite strong, as is my drive to do all I can to support a sane plan for Iraq and Afghanistan — a plan that will make the sacrifices of Tom Freeman and all of the people I see each evening at the end of the news result in far fewer dying in those two countries.
*Ahhh, yes, the traitor thing again — perhaps it’s not so bad in Baker’s mind, since he only used an adjective.