The One Simple Question Media Refuses To Ask

John McCain just blew off speaking with thousands of minority journalists at the Unity ’08 National Convention in Chicago all the while complaining he’s not getting nearly enough news coverage. With all these journalists losing out on a great opportunity to meet with and write about the man, could it be they might be looking for something to report, a story to investigate?

Feel free to forward the following “news tip” to them. We can kill three birds with one stone – take mainstream media to task for not giving voters coverage on the full McCain, bring attention to a health issue affecting many veterans, and give Senator McCain the level of news coverage he craves.

Now, some in mainstream media even have the gall to question whether these minority journalists will pander to Obama because of race, while disregarding their own consistent record of filling us full with stories of McCain’s war ‘hero’ trials and tribulations without giving us the full story. Journalists within the old school mainstream media indulge themselves with numerous articles on his status as a POW, inform us each and every time one vet speaks out about the torture of John McCain, even going into great detail about the types of torture and the number of years the man was tortured. Yet, it never enters their minds to ever ask the obvious question – “Could the man running for the highest office in the United States of America, a job with incredible stress, possibly suffer from PTSD?”

Google the general web with the words ‘mccain ptsd’ and over one half million hits will appear. Most are articles by veteran groups having to do with McCain’s lack of support for veterans and his actions to shut down the MIA/POW investigations, while many others discuss the very real possibility he suffers from PTSD. Now go to Google News section and enter ‘mccain ptsd’. To be fair, google the entire archive. Out of a grand total of approximately 80 hits, you will be lucky to pull up one or two articles addressing this issue.

As you can see, there is NO mainstream media coverage questioning whether John McCain may suffer from PTSD or perhaps LOSS. They are more than willing to write about the details of McCain’s torture but not the probable result of said torture.

“Among U.S. servicemen taken captive during the Korean War, as many as nine out of 10 survivors may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental disorders more than 35 years after their release” [ psychologist Patricia B. Sutker of the New Orleans Veterans Administration Medical Center and her colleagues report in the January AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY]

McCain has a nine out of ten chance of having PTSD, displays many of the symptoms, yet no one in mainstream media will question him, a candidate for Commander in Chief, a man who has an infamous history of an out of control temper who refuses to release his full military medical records to the general press.

Nine out of ten – Anyone willing to take book on the possibility John McCain does not suffer from ptsd? Call me, I need gas money.

‘Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can result from wartime trauma such as suffering wounds or witnessing others being hurt. Symptoms include irritability or outbursts of anger, sleep difficulties, trouble
concentrating, extreme vigilance and an exaggerated startle response.’

Before the Iraq invasion, many of us begged mainstream media to fully question the history and events leading us into war. They refused. To their credit, however, they ‘apologized’ years later for their failure to fully report these events. Today, we ask them to help the voters answer one simple question: ‘Is John McCain emotionally fit for the most stressful job in our country, the President of the United States, our Commander in Chief?”

Journalists have a choice. They can continue to tiptoe around the elephant in the room, put a politician before country, violate the spirit of journalism and ignore the ethics that bind them, or they can do their job.

They can give us the full McCain.