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Does American Sniper, Chris Kyle Matter, Mr. President?

In response to Do Gosnell's Victims 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 president.


Given Kyle’s heroism and the notoriety and tragedy surrounding his death, it is surprising he has not gotten a mention from the Commander in Chief.

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.


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