Does American Sniper, Chris Kyle Matter, Mr. President?
Since we're talking about how the media shapes public perception with the stories it chooses not to tell, (which not coincidentally happen to be the same stories Obama chooses not to talk about), I was reminded of U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Kyle, who was shot down by a disturbed fellow veteran on February 2.
The President and the White House did nothing to honor – or even mention the slain war hero. No "dramatic stage whispers" about how Kyle lived up to our greatest American ideals, etc were ever offered for public consumption.
Keith Koffler of White House Dossier noted:
Many, including Sarah Palin, have called on Obama to say something
about Kyle, who was slain by a disturbed fellow veteran February 2. But
there has not been a word – not even a written statement by Obama or
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who gets the task of honoring
those who are deemed not quite worthy of an utterance from the
Given Kyle’s heroism and the notoriety and tragedy surrounding his
death, it is surprising he has not gotten a mention from the Commander
Others who would seem not more heroic than Kyle have received
statements from Obama expressing grief upon their passing, including
author Ray Bradbury, singer Donna Summer, business tycoon Steve Jobs,
Eunice Kennedy, Dick Clark, Richard Chavez – the brother of Cesar Chavez
– Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai, Wilma Mankiller – first Cherokee
Nation female chief - King George Tupou V of Tonga, basketball coach
John Wooden, Chicago Bishop Arthur Brazier, and Kam Kuwata, a former
Obama poltical aide.
The MSM doesn't seem to have noticed this omission.