The Washington Examiner reported the following. The statements have been highlighted, with emphasis added for analysis. It is interesting to see the reporter's "fingerprints", or personal bias in his report. The technique is similar to the language of Josef Goebbels' propaganda in which the introduction of opinion is made certain with:
a. distancing language
b. change of language
c. introduction of topics unrelated, seeking to cause, as reliable, opinion.
Brass demand NBC apology over claim sniper Kyle was 'racist' on 'killing sprees'
Already under fire from Iraq War veterans for making up events, NBC is taking new flak today from former military brass over a correspondent’s claim that sniper hero Chris Kyle was a “racist” on “killing sprees” while protecting troops in Iraq.
Some 22 retired generals and admirals, including a former deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, joined with dozens of other officers and the press watchdog Media Research Center in a letter to demand an apology from NBC parent Comcast after the network refused to acknowledge the comments.
Kyle, the subject of the hit movie “American Sniper,” said a letter to Comcast provided to Secrets, “is a hero, not a talking point for a smug journalist.”
The comment came from Middle East reporter Ayman Mohyeldin January 29 on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. Ayman, formerly with Al Jazeera, said of Kyle:
“Some of what people have described as his racist tendencies towards Iraqis and Muslims when he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment.”
a. Note the introduction of "racism" with the pronoun "his", indicating possession.
b. Note the word "described" rather than "accused"
c. Note the word "tendencies" rather than "assignments" or "combat action" etc.
d. Note the inclusion of religion after Iraq with "Muslims" separating the enemy that was engaged, from "Muslim." This introduces religion where he formerly introduced the topic of racism.
e. Change of language: "killing sprees" is change of language, preceded by "you know."
"You know" is a habit of speech. Like all habits, we note what provokes its use and what does not. It shows an acute awareness of his audience. In this case, he was speaking directly to the national audience, through the conduit of Joe Scarborough.
Note the method:
"some of what people have described" is distancing language. He does not directly ascribe this to anyone in particular (passivity) and adds "some", indicating he is aware of other opinions. The subject is able to introduce the topic of racism without doing so directly. Please see analysis of some of the Nazis, including at Nuremberg. It can be compared to an American GI firing upon the enemy in Nazi Germany, and calling the GI "racist" and not engaged in battle, but in "killing sprees."
Note the sniper's job is to remove enemy threat, at a distance, to protect closer troops.
Definition: A skilled military shooter detailed to spot and pick off enemy soldiers from a concealed place.
This particular assignment is often dangerous because the sniper is in a singular position where the enemy seeks to uncover.
Consider the timing of the statement as well as the NBC News refusal to apologize:
Eddie Ray Routh is on trial for the murder of the American Sniper. The prosecutor stated that he drank whiskey and used 'wet' marijuana before killing Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend at a Texas gun range, then went to order a burrito at Taco Bell.
This was from the opening statements. The article continues:
His smackdown of Kyle, considered the nation’s most effective sniper ever, caught host Joe Scarborough by surprise. He immediately challenged Mohyeldin’s claim Kyle went on killing sprees, and ended the segment saying, “All right, when we come back, Ayman is going to kick around Santa Claus.”
In their letter, the brass and veterans demanded an on-air apology. “Mohyeldin’s statements were an inexcusable slap in the face to the widow of Chris Kyle and to all those in the armed forces who continue to serve our country in harm’s way. Such rants do not add anything to a thoughtful discussion of public policy regarding Iraq,” they wrote in the letter being delivered today.
It is the latest public relations problem for NBC News, already grappling with how to deal with anchor Brian Williams’ war exaggerations.
Frustrated with a lack of apology despite an outcry, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell and the brass turned to Comcast and stockholders of the company in pushing for an apology.
“We understand that as members of the board of Comcast, the parent company of NBC, you may not be privy to how NBC News responds to such situations. However, your stockholders, advertisers, NBC News viewers, and the public have a right to know: Is it the policy of NBC News to allow its own reporters to make inaccurate and insulting editorial comments on its airwaves, aimed at our soldiers who gave their lives for their country? Is it the policy of NBC News to ignore the scandal and hope it goes away?” asked the letter.
“NBC News’ continued refusal to acknowledge and apologize for Mohyeldin’s malicious remarks about Chris Kyle is as disappointing as it is shocking. Chris Kyle’s family, veterans everywhere, and the public at large deserve from NBC News a strong, unequivocal public statement condemning Mohyeldin’s vile hate speech,” added the letter.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at email@example.com.