Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Note to Howard Kurtz
But did they really think that if they told the outside world that the co-chair of the Exploited Children's Caucus was sending them, or their friends, graphic sexual messages, that their future careers would be ruined? That they would be washed up in politics? Isn't it more likely that they would be hailed as brave for doing the right thing?
In today's world? It's quite likely that they would be washed up in politics.
I don't think a person would be blacklisted; I don't think people would follow such a person around, trying to cause grief. But I think if you tried to run for the House, or obtain a political appointment, you'd probably find that all the party bigwigs didn't think you were the right person for the job.
Come on... let's be honest. In the United States, we're really well known for shooting the messenger.
Women talk about rape, and tell their stories and explain how they feel... and a lot of men (and sadly, more than a few women) bust on them for it.
Let's not even talk about people of color talking about racism....
Hugh Thompson tried to stop, and testified regarding, My Lai, and is roundly despised.
Seargent Joseph Darby (who made sure the Abu Ghraib abuses were investigated by the military) is blamed by some for Nick Berg's decapitation.
Yes, these people are brave, and trying to do the right thing and should be honored for doing so... and some of them are honored, sometimes. But not when powerful people don't want the story told.
What's worse is, people jump on the messenger, rather than blaming the person who actually committed the crime. Darby is blamed for Nick Berg's death... not Graner.
Don't blame the victim for being afraid... blame us, for not making it safe to tell the truth.