Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

CNN Cuts “Warrior for Christ”

August 8, 2011

Shush, American SEAL hero widow! American Morning let Kimberly Vaughn’s offensive reference to Christ in a tribute to her husband get by their censors once but they had the politically correct sense to cut it a mere five minutes later. In a moment reminiscent of NBC’s “regrettable” omission of “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during its coverage of the U.S. Open two months ago, CNN cut  “warrior for Christ” from Kimberly Vaughn’s tribute to her hero husband (one of twenty-two Navy SEALS and eight other servicemen killed two days ago in a Chinook helicopter during a mission in Afghanistan).

When introducing a two-part report entitled “Deadliest Blow of the War” this morning, anchor Carol Costello commented, “One Navy SEAL widow wants the country to know [that] her husband was a hero.”* Immediately thereafter, a video aired of a tearful Kimberly Vaughn proudly proclaiming, “I want to tell the world that he was an amazing man, that he was a wonderful husband, and a fabulous father to two wonderful children. He was a warrior for Christ, and he was a warrior for our country. And, he wouldn’t want to leave this earth any other way than how he did.”

Subsequently, Carol went to CNN correspondent Barbara Starr who gave the latest details of the story. When Starr had finished her account, Carol’s co-anchor Ali Velshi segued to CNN correspondent Brian Todd, who was in Virginia Beach, Virginia (the “adopted home of the Navy SEAL Team”), asking, “What’s the mood around there?” In response, Todd declared, “What happened on Saturday is just now beginning to sink in, and it’s very, very tough to take.”

Then, Todd began his report with a snippet of Kimberly Vaughn sorrowfully recounting her mournful reaction of falling to her knees when informed of the death of her husband, Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn. Subsequently, as Todd intoned that Kimberly was now left to care for their two-month-old daughter soon-to-be two-year-old son, the video continued with Kimberly’s tribute aired only five minutes earlier. However, this time CNN censored the clip: Gone was Kimberly’s six-word remark, “He was a warrior for Christ.”**

Regrettable, CNN? Or, just “all the news that’s fit to air”?

*American Morning – 08/08/11 at 8:08 a.m. ET.

**Ibid at 8:13 a.m. ET.

Update: Video: CNN’s censored clip of Kimberly Vaughn’s tribute. Cf. CNN’s unedited transcript of it.

Update2: CNN’s online uncensored clip of Kimberly Vaughn’s tribute was posted today under the rubric “SEAL widow: ‘He was a warrior for Christ'” notably, without any apparent time stamp.

Candid Kiran: Surge’s “Gonna S*ck!”

December 7, 2009

American Morning co-anchor Kiran Chetry did not mince words this morning on her view of the surge in Afghanistan or, at the very least, the timing of it.

Introducing a segment entitled “Marines Ready to Surge,” Kiran stated, “We now could know soon who will be leading the surge into Afghanistan: Marines from Camp Lejeune are expected to ship out before Christmas Day….What are we expecting to hear today, Chris [Lawrence, CNN Pentagon correspondent]?

Lawrence answered, “This base is really buzzing! They just got several units back from Afghanistan just a few weeks ago. And, now we expect that the first thousand Marines will go directly from here to Helmand province.

Before Lawrence could continue his report, Kiran interjected, “That’s what I’m saying! I mean, obviously, it’s gonna s*ck!”*

Initially, appearing to be taken a bit aback by Kiran’s exclamation, Lawrence coolly paused for a moment and then replied, “Yeah. Definitely…They’re going to where some of that, that toughest fighting is going to be. And, again, that is going to affect, obviously, a lot of families.”

A.M.: Absent Muzzle? Candid Kiran indeed!

*American Morning (12/07/09) – @6:54 a.m. ET