Cpl. Jesse Thorsen (US Army) was oh so conveniently cut off when he was interviewed by CNN during the Iowa Caucuses. Just as the Corporal was mentioning that the GOP candidates should not encourage more wars abroad, CNN experienced “technical difficulties,” during which you hear him mention something about Iran and Israel.
This was the only real followup that CNN did after Cpl. Thorsen was silenced.
Fortunately for the good soldier, Ron Paul (who placed 3rd behind Rick Santorum and Mitt Romey) gave the floor briefly to Cpl. Thorsen in order for him to finish his statements (even CNN couldn’t ignore the post-Iowa Paul rally).
Interestingly, the only aspect about Cpl. Thorsen’s impromptu speech at the rally that CNN cared about was that he was wearing his ACUs.
This series of moves by the corporate media suggests that anyone who is clean cut and focused is a threat, that anyone who merely questions the original coincidental cut-off are ridiculed as “conspiracy theorists,” and that Cpl. Thorsen is despicable for wearing his ACUs to a rally. But somehow in this world of mainstream media double-think, it’s perfectly ok for Fox, CNN, and the rest of them to deceive, inveigle, and obfuscate whenever they damn well please. According to their reasoning, the wars were good because of the “9/11 terrorist attacks,” but they’re bad when Bush’s Iraq invasion & occupation took too long, but then miraculously they’re good again when Obama (who ran on an “anti-war” platform) invaded Libya.
As was stated in George Orwell’s 1984, “Oceania is at war with Eastasia. Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.” Later the Ministry of Truth switches it to, “Oceania is at war with Eurasia. Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia.” So, which is it? Are the wars good, or bad, or what? Also, what does it mean exactly to “support the troops?” Because the more I ask around the mainline public, I keep finding ever more amorphous definitions of that phrase that it eventually becomes stripped of all meaning whatsoever.
Cpl. Thorsen deserves everyone’s support, if for nothing else that he is a war hero who bucked the mainstream media.