New Low for Associated Press

Associated Press would not publish the tepid Danish cartoons that Muslims used as a pretext to riot — leaving the public in the dark as to what the rioting was actually about — on the grounds that it didn’t want to offend Islamists, who have been sacred to liberals since 9/11/01. However, American troops are anything but sacred to liberals, as AP proved by defying the clearly expressed wishes of both the military and his family by publishing a picture of a Marine dying in Afghanistan.

Here‘s what Defense Secretary Robert Gates had to say to Thomas Curley, AP’s President and CEO:

I cannot imagine the pain and suffering Lance Corporal [Joshua] Bernard's death has caused his family. Why your organization would purposefully defy the family's wishes knowing full well that it will lead to yet more anguish is beyond me. Your lack of compassion and common sense in choosing to put this image of their maimed and stricken child on the front page of multiple American newspapers is appalling. The issue here is not law, policy or constitutional right — but judgment and common decency.

But the liberal media is the last place to look for judgment or common decency.

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The libs at HuffPo had a different take on this outrage, calling it “shameful” that any media outlet would refrain from demoralizing the troops by splashing their mutilated bodies across the front page.

NPR thoughtfully posted a notice that “Some viewers may find the following photograph of Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard disturbing to view” before using tax money expropriated from Bernard’s family to publish the photograph.

On a tip from Matthew H. Hat tip: Michelle Malkin. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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