Are Journalists As Brave As Military Members? The Answer Is Very Simple

David Hookstead | Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

CNN recently published an incredible piece that tries to draw an equivalency between journalists and members of the military.

Joseph Holt wrote in part:

We thank soldiers for their service because they devote themselves to protecting our freedoms, and we should. But we should also thank the media for the same reason — especially when the stakes have never been higher.

Now, I’m sure a lot of people are just expecting me to trash CNN as a whole. I’m not going to do that. I’ve met and know some very fine people who work there, and one article doesn’t represent the views of an entire network. (RELATED: THE BRAVERY IT TOOK CNN TO TRACK DOWN A PRIVATE CITIZEN CAN’T BE OVERSTATED)

Having said that, this is a laughable piece, especially the part above. Look, I’ve never been one to turn down the accolades of a hero. Am I reluctant leader and hero? I don’t know. As I’ve always said, the history books will have to decide.

But I do know for sure that I’ve never been in a gunfight in Iraq, I didn’t storm the beaches of Normandy, I didn’t fight in the jungles of Vietnam, fly night missions over Berlin or fight in the mountains of Afghanistan. Those are obviously the actions of heroes, and countless men have worn a uniform in the name of freedom.

There’s a pretty big and easily identifiable difference between journalists in America and our military members. Nobody is actively trying to kill our journalists. Yes, there are journalists in grave peril around the world, but not in here in America. Our journalists aren’t getting cleaned up in drive-by hits, targeted assassinations and suspicious deaths.

You know who is a true hero? Lt. Mike Murphy, who was awarded the Medal of Honor after he sacrificed his life during Operation Red Wings to call for help. No journalist in the history of this country has ever had to climb to an elevated position under heavy gunfire to call in reinforcements and giving up his life for his team. I will immediately recant the previous sentence if any of you can provide me with one example.

If you want to thank me for providing you with all some great entertainment, then fine. But let’s not pretend for a second that journalism and military service are even close to being the same. Logging onto WordPress and producing content isn’t exactly the same as fighting in a war.

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