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SHOOTING: Article reflects anti-military bias

Letter by Gail D. McConnell, Fife on Jan. 9, 2012 at 11:29 am | 8 Comments »
January 9, 2012 1:31 pm

The News Tribune’s front-page article (1-6) about Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson’s horrific murder seems to draw a direct connection between her murderer being “an Iraq War veteran” and her shooting. Since that phrase was the only description used about Benjamin C. Barnes, I see no other conclusion that could be drawn.

I found it interesting that on the same day, The Nose pointed out that MSNBC had backtracked from earlier statements implying that Barnes’ posting at Joint Base Lewis-McChord somehow contributed to the murder after discovering he “had big time trouble before he joined the Army.”

I believe it does a diservice to our men and women in the military to automatically draw negative conclusions when it is not warranted. I would ask your reporters and editors to look carefully at what you print – no matter what your bias.

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