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TNT: Why reveal details about soldier’s home?

Letter by Mel Austin, Graham on March 19, 2012 at 11:07 am | 2 Comments »
March 19, 2012 11:07 am

The News Tribune published photos (3-17)  and the city location of the home of the soldier accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians.

Did the editorial staff stop, even for a moment, to consider what that might mean? The fact that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales lived in a particular home in the local community was not newsworthy. People who didn’t care are now well aware of it, and that group includes a fringe element that has already made up their mind that Bales, his family and the Army must be held accountable for the Afghan killings.

A vacant home is an easy target for venting of anger. Even if Bales is guilty of a horrendous crime his family bears no responsibility whatsoever and faces an uncertain future. In my estimation you added to their troubles.

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