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Posted on 08/30/2005 12:49:23 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
Newsweek Reporter Asked to Apologize for 'Mercenary Army' Comment By Susan Jones CNSNews.com Senior Editor August 30, 2005
(CNSNews.com) - A group that supports the U.S. military is demanding an apology from Newsweek magazine's Eleanor Clift, who recently characterized America's armed forces as a "mercenary Army."
Her comments -- made this past weekend on the syndicated TV program "The McLaughlin Group" -- were "unfounded and grossly inappropriate," said the Freedom Alliance.
In an Aug. 30 letter to Clift, Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon asked her to retract her comment and apologize to the armed forces and their families.
Clift made the comment during a discussion about military recruiting efforts:
"But I think what we're coming to grips with is the fact that we actually have a mercenary Army," Clift said, according to a transcript of "The McLaughlin Group" program.
"And it doesn't have a nice ring to it. We call it 'volunteers,' but we're basically paying people to serve their country. And if you're going to pay people and have a mercenary Army, you're going to have to pay the market rate. And so the bounties are going up -- more money for tuition, higher enlistment bonuses -- and I think it's appropriate."
The Freedom Alliance said it is "wholly inappropriate" to describe America's military men and women as mercenaries.
"It is a vile and thankless description of those who are responsible for defending your life and right to free expression," Kilgannon wrote in the letter.
"A professional wordsmith such as yourself should understand that mercenary troops have no loyalties, no ties and no bonds to any nation. They fight not for duty, flag or country but for selfish gain. They have no regard for political ideology and no respect for national interests. Often, at the first sign of resistance, mercenary troops turn and run."
Those qualities do not describe U.S. troops, Kilgannon said, adding that Clift should "be ashamed of yourself for suggesting otherwise."
Kilgannon suggests that during her next appearance on "The McLaughlin Group," Clift should apologize - and retract her description of U.S. troops as "mercenaries."
"You may also want to search your heart for a little more consideration for those who keep this nation strong and free," Kilgannon writes.
The Freedom Alliance, founded in 1990 by Lt. Col. Oliver North, describes its mission as advancing the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States and promoting a strong national defense.
It also exposes anti-military bias in the media.
Let her keep talking. She is the media equivlant of Howard Dean.
Elenor is Cindy Sheehan with a whiff of sanity...
Thoroughly disgusting lefty.
The Armed Forces are a profession, does she expect people to volunteer without pay?
I don't give a rat's ass what Eleanor says, let the left keep on spouting off, it only helps us.
Completely ridiculous comment. I was watching McLaughlin group and could not believe she said it. She may also want to read the dictionary to see the meaning of the word "mercenary" : one who fights for money only. Our troops fight for ONLY the US.
Keep up the pressure! Make the media witch apologize.
The only military Eleanor Clift ever loved was Nicaraguan.
Does anyone have a way to contact this idiot? I know a few Marines who would love to drop her a line!!
First I have heard of this. What if a reporter called NARAL abortion funded mercenaries? Of course that would be true.....bad analogy.
Every time that I seek this bucktooth skank on TV I want to puke because I know that something anti-American, anti-conservative, or anti-Bush is about to come out of her filthy piehole.
But I'm sure she'll say she 'supports' the mercenary troops.
I guess she got tired of being the second ugliest female 'journalist' and could not wait for Hellen Thomas (ready for Dick Cheney to run for VP) and decided to go for dubest broad on TV without breat augmentation.
That's typically not the smell I associate her with.
How else are the supposed to feed their families?
I just have to say it, "Eleanor you ignorant $lut"
It's par for the course with Eleanor Cliff. She thinks Michael Moore is a patriotic conservative.
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