At his first press conference, the President answered a question about reconsideration of a policy – and had started a lot of military families talking, arguing and wondering. The question was would he reconsider the ban on the media taking pictures of flag draped coffins upon their return to the United States. Secretary Gates is quoted in news stories as saying “If the needs of the families can be met, and the privacy concerns can be addressed, the more honor we can accord these fallen heroes, the better,” Gates told reporters at a Pentagon news conference Tuesday. “So I’m pretty open to whatever the results of this review may be.”
The SecDef also said he was advised that military families weren’t in favor of overturning the policy when he considered this a year ago. He has asked that this policy review be done quickly.
Military families are questioning this review, media pundits have been discussing it,, and we want to know how you feel about it. From the simple statements by the SecDef above (h/tip to the Stars & Stripes and other news media) a great many suppositions have been made. Families wonder if the media will be limited in access, or would they be allowed to take pictures wherever they want? Would we see pictures of anguished families? Would we then see these pictures used by other groups for their own purposes? So many questions – and we don’t know who has the answers.
If the pictures were just of the flag draped coffins, with no identifying information and of course no family – would this be objectionable to you? If the families agreed to the pictures, would this change your mind?
Please comment, let us know what you think.