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Bob McCarty Weekly Recap: Oct. 25-31, 2015

A lot of folks will be wearing costumes and masks tonight, but, God willing, I’ll continue to be who I am and do what I do best. The latest examples of my work can be found below in my weekly recap for Oct. 25-31, 2015.

Editorial cartoon courtesy David Donar at http://politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com.

Editorial cartoon courtesy David Donar at http://politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com.

Sunday, Oct. 25

On the heels of Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, I decided to share a piece Sunday that I had published for the first time Oct. 24, 2012. It appears under the headline, FLASHBACK: Emails Prove Obama Lied About Libya Attacks.

Monday, Oct. 26

I began sharing news about former Army Sgt. Todd Knight and his conviction on bogus sexual assault allegations. I published the first piece Monday under the headline, Another Soldier Tries to Clear His Name Following Conviction.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Two weeks after I submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to Army officials at Fort Campbell, Ky., I received a response that showed how officials at the home of the vaunted 101st Airborne Division had lived up to my negative expectations. Read about it and see if you agree. Published Tuesday, the story appears under the headline, Fort Campbell Officials Live Up to Negative Expectations in Response to Freedom of Information Act Request.

Thursday, Oct. 29

On Thursday, I learned the military trials of some Soldiers, including the aforementioned Sergeant Knight, on sexual assault charges were likely tainted by the fact military members serving on court-martial panels — the military equivalent of a jury — had watched the Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Invisible War,” as part of their Army sexual assault awareness and prevention training. My troubling findings appear under the headline, Defense Attorney Says Sexual Assault ‘Victim’ Who Appears in Oscar-Nominated Documentary Lied on Witness Stand.

Also on Thursday, I published a piece under the headline, a GROUNDHOG DAY: Missouri Health Department Official Tight-Lipped About Cancer Report Due for 2016 Release. The “Groundhog Day” reference has to do with the fact that my recent experience of trying to obtain apparently “radioactive” information from state health agency officials closely mirrors my experience five years ago. Still confused? Read it, and you won’t be.

Friday, Oct. 30

On Friday, I addressed my frustration with a recent Air Force Times article about the acquittal of Senior Airman Brandon Wright on a charge of aggravated sexual assault. Read Air Force Times Newspaper Report About Airman’s Acquittal on Sexual Assault Charge Reveals Extreme Bias in Coverage, and I suspect you’ll find the headline is the least-biased part of the article. Also, pay attention to the update I added at the end.

Also on Friday, I shared the words of Sergeant Knight’s mother, Teresa McQueen, in a piece that speaks volumes as it appears under the headline, Mom Pens Heartfelt Message About Son’s Bogus Conviction.

Saturday, Oct. 31

Today, I plan to watch some football, run some stairs at my favorite lake and hand out sugar pills to kids too young to care about getting fat from eating them.

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Air Force Times Newspaper Report About Airman’s Acquittal on Sexual Assault Charge Reveals Extreme Bias in Coverage

Read the Air Force Times article published yesterday about the acquittal of Senior Airman Brandon Wright on a charge of aggravated sexual assault, and you’ll find the headline is the least-biased part of the article.

Click on image above to read Air Force Times article about SA Brandon Wright’s acquittal.

Click on image above to read Air Force Times article about SA Brandon Wright’s acquittal.

Below the headline, Airman acquitted of sexual assault charge, the article begins with four paragraphs — including two paragraphs about the acquittal, one paragraph of quotes from Airman Wrights’ defense attorneys and a recap paragraph of the accusations and charges brought against him at Aviano Air Base, Italy. After that, one must question whether the newspaper is, per it’s own description, “the trusted, independent source for news and information for the Air Force Times community,” or a politically-correct propaganda rag more suitable for use as a birdcage liner.

The next nine paragraphs of the article — that’s right, NINE PARAGRAPHS! — read more like a print advertisement for Protect Our Defenders, a nonprofit organization Air Force Times staff writer Jeff Schogol describes as a “victims advocacy group.”

It’s too bad Air Force members no longer have a truly independent publication to which they can turn for unbiased and objective reporting of the news.

Be sure to read other military justice cases I’m following.

UPDATE 10-30-2015 at Noon Central: I should have read the Stars and Stripes article about Airman Wright’s acquittal before publishing the piece above. Not surprisingly, it’s bias — thanks to PC writer Nancy Montgomery — might exceed that of Schogol in the Air Force Times as one needs only to read three paragraphs before the “woe is me” comments of the defense appears. Just like Schogol (almost as if she they were working in cahoots with each other), Montgomery threw in several paragraphs about the Air Force’s bogus sexual assault prosecution of Lt. Col. James Wilkerson for good measure.

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