The Pardu

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Bergdahl Swap Via Tom Ashbrook, NPR (Audio); Anderson Cooper, CNN (Video)



We offer the perfect example of editing for point of delivering a message. The Taliban via the video delivers a message to the world about the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl release. From other reporting the captors (captive holders) had a mission to speak with US forces who arrived for the pick-up. As you will see, US forces had no interest in chatting. In fact their mission was to secure the captive, they did so and "booked-up." (If I may use a common vernacular). 

The video is a clear example of the amount of coordination and detail expended in executing the prisoner swap. Yes, I have come to use the word prisoners. "Detainee" was a George W, Bush. Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld long and the word most assuredly fails the test of reality. The word was adopted to assist in Bush/Cheney circumventing international law. I refuse to continue to allow Bush/Cheney to guide my life when I have opportunity to do different. The five Gitmo Taliban and Bergdahl were prisoners.

We are delving into the "swap" after waiting a few days for sake of our quest for information, for consideration of various perspectives, to scrutinize of Right-wing media (driven by the Drudge Report) and to see just how far conservative America and view the extent of quasi-liberal cable network show hosts (e.g., Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell). Both MSNBC host have performed in manner common of conservative anti-Obama America. A sad state when one considers Matthews should be willing to give the matter a few weeks to develop and more accurate (Non-Fox News) information to ensue. On this issue and among all too frequent (and information stifling) interruptions of his guest and an over-the-top iteration of his affinity for movies, Matthews has joined the far too many in snap judgment based on information that is in some cases contrived (certainly unsubstantiated).

While the Right plays anti-Obama politics and Right-wing politics start to raise money on the swap, we move to more reliable information about the swap. Notice the word "reliable" Vs. the words "slanted to our preference." 

The 2:27 minute video is highly edited, but better than no visual exhibition. The original internet version is over eight minutes in length. 

http://nyti.ms/1l5i0nP






The video speaks for itself. It was obvious the captive was shuttled to the release site. He appeared at one point to be restrained. The captors performed a caption with aesthetically pleasing font over the image a message to America (see lede image). The message for me, leave our nation and do not come back. One of Bergdahl's handlers spoke to the captive and he spoke back. Since, we do not know if they exchanged words in English; we might assume they spoke a from of language of his captors. And, Bergdahl blinks almost incessant and he rubbed his eyes often with occasional looks up towards the sky.

As I watched a CNN News segment this afternoon,  I astound at the bush-league level of show guests. One of the two guest was a supposed expert on matters of captive and captor. When asked by Brooke "Legs" Baldwin about Bergdahl's incessant blinking, the expert proved his true worth. The alleged expert indicated the blinking was due to the captors nervousness and fear about what would be his (Bergdahl's) outcome once back in the States. How much imagination did you just expend to think in realm of Bergdahl was transported to the release site blindfolded to avoid his revealing the origin of this journey? How far-fetched to think his blinking may have been due to the removed eye cover? As a minimum the so-called expert might have thought the captor was hell in total darkness. A competent captive expert should have allowed for the prospect even though the captors may have edited out images of an eye cover. I mean come on, CNN.  Eye sensitivity due to bright light was so obvious. Let's face it even us arm-chair warriors know the need to avoid detection of the origin of the journey via blindfold. The alleged expert also indicated he would have ".....put his butt on the ground," rather than give the captive two quick pat-downs for purpose of recovery detail security. The "indicting" expert didn't even recognize the significance of the Taliban propaganda video and the horror across the globe had he been on-recovery and threw Bergdahl to the ground! His views of the captive showed like the average Fox News guest. 

End digression, but I needed to make a point about paid show guest and the extent to which some are mere accommodating mouth-pieces.  

Gotcha" or "Oh My God" television news coverage should be frequently offset with much more reliable and accurate information sources.


The beauty of evening drive time often includes opportunity to listen to NPR's On-Point with Tom Ashbrook.  

It is unfortunate to have to post the following charts, but we have recently been astounded about information Americans do not know or have forgotten (eg,. 2006 USA Today stories of communication monitoring and VA Hospital issues). Among a survey of 1,185 respondents to a Fairleigh Dickinson University 2012 Survey, NPR listeners have opportunity to be the more informed vs. cable network news.


What follows includes a 46 minute audio embed ad a CNN video analysis of the release. Yes, we know no one simply listens to the news or current event shows. Of course not! And, then I re-read the information table just above. 

The segment includes a very balanced review of the Bergdahl recovery. Tom Ashbrook's guest (delineated below) seem balance in their opinions and knowledgeable on the topic. They also do not seem to have an axe-to-grind, which nowadays includes moderate amounts of anti-Obama dogma.

We realize you will not spend 46 minutes listening to the segment. But, the reader should consider a skip through the audio clip; a more balance (to date) review of the issue is not available. Of course, you could continue to be an active participant in cable network ratings wars, as am I most of the time.
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NPR
Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier who apparently abandoned his post in Afghanistan, is headed home to a world of controversy. We’ll dive in.
In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. (AP)
In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. (AP)
The release of American Afghan war prisoner Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban Saturday landed first as straight great news for most people over the weekend.  Then, the immediate twist:  it was a swap for five Taliban held at Guantanamo.  Then a ton of complications.  Bowe Bergdahl had walked off his own base five years ago.  Maybe deserted.  The Taliban detainees were commanders, now headed for freedom.  Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers – platoon –mates – were unhappy.  So is Congress.  This hour On Point:  the unfinished story of Bowe Bergdahl, the swap, and Afghanistan.
– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Andrew Tilghman, Pentagon bureau chief for the Military Times. (@andrewtilghman)
Nathan Bradley Bethea, former member of Sgt. Bergdahl’s unit in Afghanistan. (@inthesedeserts)
David Rohde, Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist for Reuters and theAtlantic. Author of “Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in A New Middle East.” (@RohdeD)


It will be enlightening to see how this life episode unfolds.  It is a shame the release of Bergdhal has to be accompanied by unadulterated anti-Obama garbage from the GOP and people who suffer chronic Obama Derangement Syndrome. 

UPDATE: A good CNN 360 Degrees segment:

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