So Shut Up

21st July 2004

The other day I heard something on CNN that made my jaw tighten. The reporter was commenting on what viewers can expect to see at the convention. She said something like, “In an attempt to emphasize Kerry’s military service, the Democrats will be parading out the gunboat crew with whom Kerry served.”

Parading? Someone missed her high-school journalism class on diction and bias.

I know journalists have reason to be jaded when it comes to political conventions, but around here, we have a great deal of respect for that gunboat crew. I cringe to think of any one of them them hearing a reporter refer to the crew as though they were prancing show poodles. As though grown men lack the ability to decide where they want to be, whom they want to support.

These are the men who watched as their best friends were killed, the men who left their families because their country said it was a good idea, and then returned home to realize that their country had turned its back. And we don’t “parade” them around. We honor them.