Sunday, September 3, 2006

Taking One For The Home Team

During their captivity, Fox News reporters Steven Centanni and Olaf Wiig, were the darlings of the right with daily updates calling on readers to pray for their release.

Once the reporters were released a strange thing happened, the right decided that because part of the conditions of their release was that Centanni and Olaf were forced at gunpoint to convert to Islam, they were now somehow traitors.

Along these lines, self-proclaimed reasonable conservative Jon Swift has an excellent tongue in cheek look at the aftermath in the conservative blogosphere.
Once the conservative blogosphere secured the release of Centanni and Wiig, however, they began to have questions about their conduct. The fact that Centanni and Wiig were Fox News journalists did not shield them from scrutiny. In fact, it meant that they were held to a higher standard than just any old kidnapping victims. While we might expect bad behavior from Reuters or Al Jazeera journalists, who because of their biased reporting are legitimate military targets, we really expect a lot more from Fox newsmen. For some, the journalists' actions while in captivity were a "career ender."

The full article can be read here.

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