I’ve noticed a lot of mainstream news reports covering the DADT hearings int he Senate Armed Services Committee this week have run headlines like this morning’s McClatchy report: “Generals: Don’t rescind military gay ban.” The intro on the story: “Highest-ranking leaders urge Congress to keep ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.'”
But, what McClatchy is reporting isn’t exactly true.
Washington Blade has a better, more balanced and nuanced story. I reported on the DADT hearings as well at Campus Progress. From what I’ve watched myself and read elsewhere, the arguments put forward by military leaders don’t match up to McClatchy’s version of the hearings.
Military leaders (with the exception of Marine Corps Commandent John Amos, aren’t saying “don’t end DADT.” It’s more like: “We know DADT repeal is inevitable, and we can implement it faithfully, but don’t rush through it because we need time to make it work.” Even Amos has pledged to “faithfully implement” a repeal when (not if) it happens, and each branch chief, including the Coast Guard, has said they trust the leadership of Pentagon and Defense Department leaders to know when the armed forces are really ready.
That’s an entirely different kind of argument than “Don’t rescind military gay ban.”
A big, fat mainstream media #FAIL.
Photo: Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh C. Johnson and U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, commander, U.S. Army, Europe appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding the findings of the “Dont Ask, Dont Tell” Comprehensive Working Group report on Dec. 2, 2010. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released, via Flickr).