Aug 26, 2012

The One where Fox News Outs A Member of Seal Team 6

Recently it was announced that a member of Seal Team 6, the elite group that took out Osama Bin Laden last year, was going to be releasing a first hand account of that operation in the form of a soon to be released book.   The member of Seal Team 6 was recently retired, and he is going under the pseudonym "Mark Owen" due to safety concerns for him and his family from those who would be upset about the death of Bin Laden.

Dutton, the publishing house who put the book out sent out information with the regular packets imploring the media outlets and news organizations to please not divulge the author's real name, out of safety concerns.  This is common sense, and common courtesy, and quite honestly, common decency, is it not?   With a situation like this, I would imagine most people would be able to recognize the very real danger involved, and would do, what most would view as, the right thing, and if you find out the name of the author, don't publish it.

Now there can be questions over whether or not the author should have published the book in the first place.  Those are fine.  He apparently did not vet this with the Pentagon, who typically has first glance at anything dealing with former military people, and there are many out there who are criticizing "Owen" for publishing this when the operation is a "top secret" operation in the first place.

I get those questions, and while I disagree with the notion of him not being allowed to publish or write a book about it, I understand that there will be questions. 

However what I DON'T understand and what I absolutely do not find a way to comprehend is why an organization would deliberately expose not only the author's true identity, but also the town the author lives in!  Are you serious?

Here's more on that via Mediaite:


Fox News is likely to take some heat for publicizing the name of the Navy SEAL Team 6 member and anonymous author of the upcoming tell-all No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden.

Thursday morning, the network published an article by Justin Fishel that, citing “multiple sources,” identifies the author (who goes by pseudonym “Mark Owen“) to be a 36-year-old recently retired Navy SEAL from Alaska who was “one of the first men through the door” of Osama bin Laden‘s Pakistan compound the night of that fateful raid.

Not only did Fox News’ website name the SEAL, but the network also broadcast his full name Thursday morning during a report by Jennifer Griffin.

Later in the day, the Associated Press also released his name, even mentioning in their article that they were asked not to.

When asked to respond to criticism of the potentially deadly outing of the Seal Team member, Fox News had this laughably ridiculous response:

“Once you write a book, anonymously or not, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy.”

-John Moody, Executive Vice President & Executive Editor FOX News

Really?  That's an interesting take on this, to say the least.   And it's especially ironic that the man who outed "Owen"'s real identity is Justin Fishel, writing for Fox News' website.   The reason this is ironic,  is that just days after the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, Fishel wrote a piece on Fox's website ripping the Obama Administration over leaks surrounding the raid, and the entire piece was about how the Navy Seals were trying to keep their names secret to avoid danger.

So Fishel, last year, wrote a news piece about how there was concern over Navy Seal Team 6's identities being kept secret, and this year he writes a piece exposing one of them.  Is that so?  Gee, I wonder why?

Could it be that last year Fox was looking for any chance they could to put a damper on the positive buzz that the President was getting for ordering the assault that took out Bin Laden?   And could this week's outing of one of those very same Seal Team members be about perhaps drawing attention away from one of the President's biggest achievements as the election comes near?

I don't know.  Maybe it's more to do with the environment there at Fox News.  One of their heroes is Dick Cheney who allegedly played a role in the outing of CIA Agent Valerie Plame, potentially putting other CIA agents in danger.  I'm sure to them, this is just another walk in the park.

So what, that "Owen's" family is in danger now?  So what that various Al Quaeda linked websites have posted his name, picture, address and other information online and called for their death?  So what, right?  He published a book, so he takes whatever comes with it.  He can get famous or he can get killed, right?  Right?

Fox shows time and time again that they don't give a damn about this country.  They don't give a damn about anything but what makes them money and what gets them ratings.

Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News has been in a controversy in the UK over phone hacking.  A newspaper he owns (it's been shuttered now) was hacking the phone of a dead girl who had gone missing.  They kept deleting voice mails because they wanted to see if any new info would come in that they could publish.  While they were doing that, the family was going out of their mind thinking that their daughter could still be alive, because someone kept deleting voice mails, and they thought it was her.

Is there anything these sleazy slimy people would not do?  Outing CIA Agents and putting some in danger, outing Seal Team 6 members, putting their families in danger, hacking dead girl's phones.  All in a day's work, for the Fox News Family Tree.

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