The number of inflammatory and suggestive words in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article published today about the court-martial of an Army drill sergeant on sexual assault charges leaves me speechless. Almost.
It may turn out that the accused, Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez, committed these acts. Whether he did or not, however, I take issue with the way writer Jesse Bogan approached this story. Why? Because it appears Bogan might be working for the prosecution on this first day of the Soldier’s court-martial at Fort Leonard Wood, 147 miles southwest of St. Louis.
According to Bogan, several women at the sprawling base in the south-central Missouri Ozarks say Sergeant Sanchez added to a legacy of sex abuse that has plagued the military. Really? Plagued the military? The only people who believe sexual assault has plagued the military share the mindset of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and seem to believe every military man who’s ever noticed that a woman looks different than a man is guilty of rape — or, at a minimum, sexual assault.
Six paragraphs below, Bogan wrote another line — Jaw-dropping reports of sexual misconduct within the ranks have led to outrage and action on Capitol Hill in recent years to reform the military’s criminal justice system. — supportive of Senator McCaskill’s witch-hunting efforts but light years apart from the reality of what military life is like.
Rather than rehash so much of the source information that makes the senator and the writer look foolish, I’ll point both of them to a piece published Aug. 28 and suggest they read it. Incredibly, it takes into account the views of people who stand opposite Senator McCaskill when it comes to her sexual assault witch hunt. Plus, it reminds me of the term that once described a true journalist: objective.
In addition, I’ll suggest the liberally-dynamic duo read my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August, as an example of how an agenda-driven prosecution ruined a man’s career and life as an elite American warfighter and member of the Army’s Green Beret fraternity.
If the reporter reads either of the items I suggested, readers of the Post-Dispatch might see improved reporting on the topic of sexual assault in the military one day in the future. If the senator reads either of them, I suspected she will never admit to it; hence, the reason she needs to be retired at the first election-day opportunity.
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