Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Washington Post Gets A Message From The Joint Chiefs

As if giving op-ed pages to a terrorist wasn't enough, The Washington Post has offered yet another outrageous publication. Consider Tom Toles' cartoon.

The cartoon was so offensive and inappropriate that all six of The Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote a letter of complaint to the editors at the Post.

A Tom Toles editorial cartoon published in The Washington Post on Monday and on its Web site has drawn a very rare and very strong protest letter to the editors from all six members of The Joint Chiefs of Staff, E&P has learned.

The letter, not yet published by the Post, charges that the six military leaders "believe you and Mr. Toles have done a disservice to your readers and your paper's reputation by using such a callous depiction of those who have volunteered to defend this nation, and as a result, have suffered traumatic and life-altering wounds. ... As the Joint Chiefs, it is rare that we all put our hand to one letter, but we cannot let this reprehensible cartoon go unanswered."

You can read the letter in its entirety here. In any regard, anything that can rally a response from all six of the Joint Chiefs is something that should not be printed in the pages of one of the nation's major newspapers.

Stay tuned for the Post's reponse, which I expect will be more of a non-response/dismissal than any real apology.