Marine veteran and deputy editor of The Daily Caller News Foundation, Dave Brooks, called out a CNN opinion piece on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday for comparing journalists to military soldiers.
“Let’s start with the obvious point. The vast majority of journalists didn’t sign up to protect our nation and values,” Brooks said. (RELATED: Marine’s Father Pleads To Have Son’s Flag Returned)
The op-ed, written by Notre Dame professor Joseph Holt and titled ‘The Press Isn’t The Enemy, It’s The Protector,” tried to compare members of the media with soldiers in the military.
“This professor wasn’t even talking about journalists who do put themselves in harm’s way. He was talking about White House reporters who go to the press briefings and instead of asking questions, they pull out a soapbox and deliver sermons until Sarah Sanders shuts them down,” Brooks said.
“Then they head to Twitter like it’s their personal diaries and make the stories about themselves,” he added. “To compare the two does a disservice to our service members and those men and women who signed up to protect the nation.”
Brooks said real soldiers are usually awkward about discussing their achievements and would never ask the public to thank them for their service.
“A lot of us are very awkward talking about our service,” he said. “Many of us, myself included, never saw themselves in the line of fire. Never had to fire their weapon in combat. But we went to our jobs every day and we tried to do what we could do and leave the military a better placed than they found it.”
“The difference being is that a lot of these journalists out there right now, especially those White House reporters who want to grandstand and make the stories all about themselves, they could take a lesson from that,” Brooks added.
Brooks said journalists are too hungry for praise and don’t exhibit the same qualities as a solider who is serving their country.
“That’s the problem right now, is that these journalists that are wanting to be thanked that go out and seek the self-adulation, have fragile egos and a self inflated sense of worth,” he concluded.
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