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Haditha in Pennsylvania

By GREG MAFFETT
Published: January 22, 2012

"That's just wrong, you have to know that!"

That was one of my students referring to pictures of the aftermath of the Haditha attacks where US Marines were urinating on dead Iraqis.

Now I beg to differ. You see, if this were the American media, that is metaphorically what they would have done. I know this because they were at it today.

Now the original haditha incident involved a marine fire team. The training is that a four person marine fire team is a family, more than a family. Each goes into battle with the idea that they have three guys covering them, and that they have three guys who depend on them. So one of the three gets blown up by an IED and the three who live avenge the death in any and every way they can. While I myself am not the kind of guy who normally has the ability to urinate in front of a camera, we have those who can. So yeah, there was a clear communique there from the US Marine Corps to the local insurgents. Sure you can blow us up. But if you don't kill us all, we'll kill your kin and desecrate the remains.

Pretending war is pretty is, I think, best left to the novelists. To the participants, well, who are the bystanders to judge?

Oh, right, the media. They rolled in after the fact (when else does the media show) and asked a lot of pointed questions and...you know. It is what they media does. Which is to say nothing.

The three least respected professions in America are typically Lawyers, Politicians and Used Car Salesmen. I have argues that the used car salesmen have gotten a bad rap. From an economic standpoint, they are market makers. They have some value to the economy.

Lawyers and Politicians are pure parasites. They move money from point A to Point B and strip off a percentage for themselves. They create nothing, produce nothing, they live off the work of those who do produce. A fry cook at McDonald's should get more respect than any lawyer or politician. And per the polls in America, they do.

What I am arguing is that journalists should replace used car salesmen in the triumvirate of least respected professions in America. The car salesmen aren't really doing anything to hold down their slot. But the media has clearly raised their hand to join the cellar.

So here we go. I get the email that Joe Paterno died today. Now in terms of full disclosure, I graduated from Penn State. Saw Joe around campus and every time I passed him he said "hi". Decent enough guy on the street. I never went to a football game except to work it for my ROTC battalion and I was opposed to the whole idea that college football was really the minor leagues for the NFL and that they school and the media made a pile of money while the athletes were working for peanuts. It was, in my mind, semi-pro athletics pretending to be amateur athletics. But there was too much money involved for it to be really amateur. The cross country team and the gymnastics team and even the basketball team were amateur. So I watched them and not the football team.

But that said, I developed a respect for Joe. He tossed a couple players off the team, one was Franco Harris's brother. Tossed 'em for bad behavior and not making grades. In the NCAA where only 67% of the football players graduate, he graduated 78% of his players. He really was committed to the idea of the student athlete, as opposed to the SEC idea of the athlete who spends time in the vicinity of a college campus between games.

So after over 60 years of affiliation with one school, after turning down a number of offers to make much more money working in the NFL, he gets a report that one of his coaches was involved in an incident with a minor in the shower. Details are sketchy as no one knows exactly what was said. He didn't witness the incident, he was not involved in the incident.

But he did what he was supposed to do. Reported it to his boss. That there should have been the end of the story.

But now we have our friends the journalists. Their argument boils down to this. He should have reported it to the police!

So here you have it. The after the fact people, the media, the people who have done nothing with their lives. People who have created nothing. People whose whole lives depend on other people doing things so they can attach themselves parasitically to the host. These people are now slavering.

Looking at it from the JoePa perspective, here is how it plays. He did not assault a minor. He did not witness the assault of minor. He was told of the alleged incident and did what he was required to do by his contract, report it to his boss. And for this, every media outlet in America seems to have found the holy grail for yellow journalism.

I sent a brief note about this to my brother who is in his own mind part of the fourth estate. But really he isn't. His response was that "well from here on out we'll let bygones be bygones and the focus will be on the sum of his life, not this incident."

Wrong. The first 6-8 paragraphs in the USA today story on his passing were all about the Sandusky incident. It was Haditha all over again. Joe was dead and the first thing the yellow journalists did was to take a piss on him.

Now back to the Marines, they had something, an igniter. Seeing one of their own blown to bits by the locals. But what did Joe do to the media?

I'll tell you. He denied them the media circus that would have ensued had he gone to the police (who would have immediately dimed it out to the media.) That was the sin. It wasn't the 10 year old involved. It wasn't the program. It wasn't Joe's record. It was the idea that the media was denied the opportunit y to eviscerate Sandusky when the incident happened.

See this is why I say my brother is not a real journalist. He is related to me and well, that alone disqualifies him from being a journalist.

You see, he penis is not small enough to behave like they do.

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