Fox News decidedly released the name — the real identity — of one the members of SEAL team six, who participated in the raid which resulted in Osama bin Laden’s death. This was no mere accident — not only did the website place a target on the SEAL member’s back by naming him, but the network did as well — and their response is severely lacking in conscience, which shows their intentions were not just to begin with (aka: not an accident or slip of the tongue).
The now outed member authored a book under a pseudonym titled, “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden.”
The response from Fox News is jaw dropping:
“Once you write a book, anonymously or not, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy.”
-John Moody, Executive Vice President & Executive Editor FOX News
A (devious) thought just crossed my mind: So, from Moody’s response, if the group Anonymous dropped a massive amount of information on him, it would be ‘expected.’ As well as Justin Fishel, who is a journalist.
Moody’s response is short and to the point — comparable to, ‘we just don’t give a fuck’.
[Justin] Fishel’s publishing of the SEAL’s name is especially interesting given that last year, he reported that SEAL Team 6?s members wanted to protect their identities out of concern for their safety. “There has been a consistent and effective effort to protect the identity of those that participated in the raid and I think that that has to continue,” Fishel quoted then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates. In that same article last year, Fishel also condemned the Obama administration for leaking key information about the raid to the press: “Rather than keeping the details secret, intelligence officials and senior administration officials briefed members of the press. It quickly leaked out that the mission was performed by 24 members of the elite and classified counterterrorism SEAL squadron, known as SEAL team 6.”
The response from Fox News is unnerving. After Gabby Douglas’ gold medal performance at the Olympics, the duo at the network wondered why there was a lack of, ‘red, white and blue’ in her uniform, while showing ‘concern’ over her lack of patriotism. After Osama bin Laden was taken down, Fox gave little credit — and if any was given, it diminished rapidly — to the Commander-in-Chief, who gave the order. While we were dancing in the streets, they were adjusting who the credit should go to. We can ponder over their reasons — perhaps Obama doesn’t wear enough flagpins. Republicans prefer to give all the credit to SEAL team six — which is understandable since they were in the line of fire, but however you wish to spin it, Obama gave the go-ahead and made the tough decisions, resulting in a bonafide, no-nonsense, ‘Mission Accomplished’.
Penguin, the company publishing the book, issued a statement to the New York Times.
Mark Owen, like every SEAL he has served with, has put his life on the line time and again for his country for more than a decade. Sharing the true story of his personal experience in “No Easy Day” is a courageous act in the face of obvious risks to his personal security. That personal security is the sole reason the book is being published under a pseudonym. We respectfully request that all news organizations and all Americans consider these facts when deciding whether to pursue or publicize his real identity.
FYI: Mark Owen is the author’s pseudonym.