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CNN Boycott — October 24, 2006

1.  Islamofascist Terrorist Sniper Assassination of American Soldier
 in Iraq Aired on CNN
 

CNN – through intermediaries –from the Islamic army of Iraq, one of the most active Islamofascist terrorist organizations in Iraq obtained graphic video of ten sniper attacks on American soldiers. 

Targeting and killing American troops, taking them down with a single bullet from a high – powered rifle chilling scenes from a videotape made by the Islamofascist terrorists show the work of snipers in Iraq. 

On a city street, U.S. soldiers mingle among Iraqi civilians as a U.S. Humvee with a gunner in its turret stands guard nearby in one scene. 

As an Islamofascist terrorist operates a camera to capture the video for propaganda purposes, a sniper watches possibly hundreds of yards away for his opportunity to strike his target. 

As the sniper and his spotter talk – camera street sounds mix with male Arabic voices in the video.  The spotter, who appears to be operating the video camera warns “People are around them. Want me to find another place?”  A reply comes “No, no, give me a moment.” (1) Then suddenly the crack of gunfire is heard as the target is hit; CNN fades the screen to black and describes the result — a visible slumping forward soldier in the turret. 

As the sniper's vehicle starts, the exclamation Allahu Akbar (God is Great) is heard as they slip away. 

CNN's effort to present the “unvarnished truth” about the Iraq war led it to televise portions of a video that showed Islamofascist terrorists targeting US military personnel a CNN executive said on October 19, 2006.  (2) 

Aired first on Wednesday night on October 18, 2006, the “Anderson Cooper 360” repeated on Thursday, October 19, 2006, the video tape which came to the network unexpectedly through contact with an Islamofascist terrorist leader. 

David Doss, executive producer of the “Anderson Cooper 360” show, in a web log entry describing the network's decision about what to show said its one of ten separate sniper attacks on Americans documented on the tape, which CNN technicians concluded was authentic. (3) 

Spokeswoman Christa Robinson said CNN could not determine the identity of any of the sniper victims. 

In contact through intermediaries with Ibrahim al-Shammari, a leader for the Islamofascist terrorist group Islamic Army, was Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware.   

Doss explained, that a series of questions about the Islamofascist terrorist group Islamic Army in Iraq had been sent to Al-Shammari by Ware.  He sent two tapes in reply. 

Responding to the question with his face concealed was al-Shammari one tape reportedly showed. CNN said the other showed the sniper incidents, seemingly taken by the Islamofascist terrorist group themselves. 

Doss wrote that CNN understood some critics might find that the tape had public relation benefits for the Islamofascist terrorist groups. 

He said, “We also understood that this kind of footage is upsetting and disturbing for many viewers. But after getting beyond the emotional debate, we concluded the tape meets our criteria for newsworthiness.” (4) 

At CNN's highest levels the decision was subject to “hours of intense editorial debate,” said Doss. 

From viewers of the Wednesday, October 18, 2006 five minute report, Doss said he had already received several angry responses from viewers, some wondering whether CNN was helping the enemy and others concerned for young viewers who may have happened upon it— that the tape was inappropriate. 

Doss said, “Whether or not you agree with us in this case, our goal, as always, is to present the unvarnished truth as best we can.” (Ibid) 

Tokyo Rose  

To demoralize American soldiers and sailors during World War II, the Japanese highlighted their hardships and sacrifices through the notorious siren “Tokyo Rose.”  Though not an actual person “Tokyo Rose” was the name given to a series of American-speaking women who made propaganda broadcasts under different aliases that soldiers gave the fabricated name to. (5) 

One woman who made such broadcasts was a young American woman Iva Ikuko Toguri d'Aquino. Asked to become a broadcaster for Radio Tokyo on the Zero Hour program in November 1943 was Iva Ikuko Toguri d'Aquino who became part of a Japanese psychological warfare campaign designed to lower the morale of US Armed Forces.  

What was CNN's Purpose to Air Video? 

The airing of an assassination video of an American soldier by an Islamofascist terrorist sniper is not newsworthy and serves only as a propaganda film to encourage the enemy that their fight against the American military is effective and working.  One hope of the Islamofascist terrorists exclusively giving CNN the video as well as CNN is to  influence the November 7, 2006, elections.  CNN's goal as well as the Islamofascist terrorists is to use the Iraqi war to repulse Americans in hopes that Americans will demand that American soldiers be brought home immediately by voting for the anti-war Democrats.  CNN as well as other media outlets continue to dishonor American soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  They rarely show their victories over the Islamofascist terrorists and more often than not their defeats.  If CNN's efforts were to present the “unvarnished truth” about the Iraq war and the war against Islamofascist terrorism why do they not show the US military targeting terrorists in Iraq or Afghanistan?  They know this would demoralize the terrorists as well as cause their Muslim and Arab audience to turn off their television sets to CNN.  Furthermore, why did the media as well as CNN not show the disturbing and horrific pictures of people leaping to their deaths from the World Trade Center buildings after the September 11, 2001 attacks? And why did they not show the uncensored decapitation of American businessman Nicholas Berg in May 2004 in Iraq by Islamofascist terrorists or in March 31, 2004, the uncensored video of four American civilians that were ambushed and shot or beaten to death by Islamofascist terrorists with the townspeople of Fallujah, Iraq dragging the mutilated bodies through the streets of at least two of the men and suspending their bodies from a bridge and burning them while the crowds cheered and danced? The reason is simply, Americans would be angered and reminded why America is fighting this war against Islamofascism.  If CNN and the current media were present during World War II and showed their “unvarnished truth” at D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, America would have lost their wars to Nazi Germany and Japan. 

What Can You Do?   (Boycott Time Warner)   

Time Warner is the world's largest media conglomerate with operations spanning film, television, cable TV, publishing, and online content and services.  New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. are included in its film and TV production.  Time Warner Cable is the number two cable operator (behind Comcast).  CNNHBO, and Turner Broadcasting are its television properties.  More than 17 million Internet users use its AOL online access.  And the top consumer magazine publisher Time Inc. publishes such titles as Fortune, People, and Time. 

American's should be outraged at CNN's actions to air enemy propaganda as well as its continued efforts to dishonor and disrespect American soldiers.  Such outrage can no longer be tolerated as brave men and women lose their lives daily.  An effective way to get CNN's attention that continues to defend its airing of an Islamofascist terrorist sniper assignation of an American soldier is a boycott: 

  1. Stop watching CNN, HBO, and Turner Broadcasting.
  2. If one has Time Warner stock sell it and write the company why such action was taken.
  3. Video tape or watch the sponsors that have ads during the “Anderson Cooper 360” at 10:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Write the sponsors of the products that advertise during the show and tell them that you will no longer purchase their products because of the Islamofascist terrorist sniper assassination of an American Soldier in Iraq.
  4. If you have HBO, stop subscribing to the service.
  5. If you have Time Warner Cable, stop subscribing to it and replace it with an alternative cable provider.  If an alternative cable provider is unavailable see if RCA DirecTV Satellite dish systems or comparable systems are available.
  6. Stop purchasing products by New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers or going to films produced by these companies.
  7. If your internet service provider is American Online (AOL), stop subscribing to this service and find an alternative provider and inform AOL why their service was cancelled.
  8. Stop purchasing Fortune, People, and Time published by Time Inc. and tell the reason why their product is no longer being purchased. 

2.  US Representative Calls for Removal of CNN Embedded Reporters 

US Representative of California Duncan Hunter has called for the Pentagon to remove  any CNN reporter embedded with US troops in Iraq. (Tony Perry, “Lawmaker Outraged by Sniper Footage on CNN, Los Angles Times, October 21, 2006.)  US Representatives of California Brian Bilbray, Darrell Issa, and Duncan Hunter have sent a letter to US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld urging to do this. 

What Can You Do?    

Urge your representative to write a similar letter to the US Defense Secretary Donald H Rumsfeld to remove any CNN reporters embedded with US troops in Iraq.

Contact Information:      

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)  

To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html    

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.  

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End Notes 

1.      Video shows snipers' chilling work in Iraq, CNN.com. [Retrieved October 19, 2006].

2.      Bauder, David. “CNN airs footage of Iraq sniper attacks,” The Associated Press, [Retrieved October 19, 2006].

3.      Doss, David.  “Why we aired the sniper video , Anderson Cooper Blog 360, [Retrieved October 19, 2006].

4.      Bauder, David. “CNN airs footage of Iraq sniper attacks,” The Associated Press, [Retrieved October 19, 2006].

5.      Famous Cases Iva Toguri d'Aquino and “Tokyo Rose” FBI History, FBI Website, [Retrieved October 23, 2006].

 

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