By: E&P Staff
in today’s letters, a reader reacts to Joe Galloway’s article about the press and Iraq, and more readers question Sean Penn’s credentials as an Iraq War critic..
Galloway and Stretching U.S. Forces Thin
This column raises an issue that routinely gets forgotten in the press — the effects of committing so many troops to Iraq that we’re unable to respond to emergencies elsewhere — including in the U.S. The president has said that in some national emergencies, the military should be the lead agency in federal responses. It would seem that part of preparedness for domestic emergencies would include having sufficient troops in the country to make such responses. The impact of a surge deployment on this aspect of “homeland security” seems not to have raised much concern … yet.
I was surprised at the editorial comment heading this column, asking whether the press should “go along” with a surge deployment decision. Since when does the press make such decisions? The press should be covering the issue, not deciding whether or not it supports them. Editors can endorse decisions or not, but reporters need to be reporting all aspects of the current situation.
Sean Penn’s Call for Impeachment
Mr. Penn is a disgrace to our First Amendment. The First Amendement guarantees the right of freedom of speech and it assumes that those exercising this right will do so responsibly. However, Mr. Penn continues to exercise his First Amendment right with increasing irresponsibility. This does not damage our First Amendment, but it does great damage to Mr. Penn’s credibility as an individual and as an occasional representative of the press.
Why does the media fall all over themselves to print anything that the Hollywood left spews out? What makes [the likes of] Penn, Clooney, etc. a geopolitical expert on any subject? After all, aren’t these actors paid huge sums of money for convincing people that they’re something they are not? Isn’t that the real job of actors?
Sean Penn pretends to be other people while reciting somebody else’s words. He is a court jester to provide entertainment for actual people — and doesn’t do that all that well. What actors, singers, and “artists'” think is not relevant. Their purpose in the economy is to provide escape for those of us who work. Their lives are not real and they are judged by how well they do not act like themselves. They are not relevant — even if one of them might hold an agreeable position.
Penn should be proud to hold the Christopher Reeve award with other giants like Heather Graham. What does she do? Ah, she recites other’s words while pretending to be someone else. How wonderful! Spare us from this kind of ‘news’.