CAPITOL HILL The videotaped shooting of a Fallujah combatant by a U-S Marine has evoked strong emotions in the Arab world and on Capitol Hill.
Texas Democrat Sylvestre Reyes (sil-VEHS’-tree RAY’-uhs) says it’s time to rethink the presence of embedded reporters in combat zones. During a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, Reyes compared it to a football game, saying “we don’t want to know everything that’s going on on the field.” Reyes says this is not censorship. In his words, “We should not be providing the Al-Jazeera the kind of propaganda they’ve had the last couple of three days.”
Marine Corps commandant General Michael Hagee disagrees, saying embedded reporters have actually worked very well and inform the American public about “what these great young Americans are doing over there.”