Getting At The Truth

 Pat Tillman An excellent piece from Los Angeles Times columnist and former Sports Editor Bill Dwyre,  who writes that he went to a screening of “The Tillman Story” the other night.  A film about linebacker Pat Tillman’s mother and what she went through to try and get at the truth about her son’s death by friendly fire in Afghanistan.

Dwyre came away with some interesting thoughts, particularly if you happen to be a journalist.   Click on Bill’s name at the end of the quote to read the entire column.

“Dannie Tillman did what a nation full of high-paid, overblown journalists should have done. She went after the real story while the beautiful people on TV and the nerds with notepads broadcast and wrote morality plays. She got in the military’s face, in the government’s face. She didn’t let up. She was doing journalism while journalists were doing what we mostly do now — chase Web hits and take short cuts to higher profits.

A housewife got the real story, or as much of it as anybody probably will. Professionals trained to do so gathered moss and wrote slop.” –Bill Dwyre in the Los Angeles Times

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  1. Amir Bar-Lev e-mailed me to say his Sundance documentary, “The Tillman Story,” was pretty hard on the Democratic Congress for their role in the aftermath of Pat Tillman’s friendly fire death.

    In contrast, Jon Krakauer’s book, “Where Men Win Glory,” only blamed the Bush administration and Army. However, the cover-up was actually a thoroughly bi-partisan affair. In particular, the Democratic Congress and the Obama Presidency protected General Stanley McChrystal from punishment for his role in the cover-up of Pat Tillman’s friendly-fire death.

    The documents at describe how General McChrystal has been protected by Congressman Henry Waxman, Senator James Webb (along with Senators Carl Levin and John McCain), the New York Times Reporter Thom Shanker, the Center for a New American Security’s Andrew Exum, and President Obama.

    It’s not surprising that after the initial cover-up fell apart, Army officers and the Bush administration lied to protect their careers. But after they took control of both Houses in 2006, the Democratic Congress could have gone after those responsible. Or at least not promoted them!

    Just before the 2006 mid-term elections, Kevin Tillman published his eloquent letter, “After Pat’s Birthday” ( Kevin hoped a Democratic Congress would bring accountability back to our country. But, just as with warrantless wiretapping and torture, those responsible for the cover-up of his brother’s friendly-fire death have never been held accountable for their actions.

    Five years ago, Pat Tillman’s family were handed a tarnished Silver Star. It was a travesty of justice that General McChrystal was promoted to the Army’s highest rank, and handed his fourth star.

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