Privacy, Public Curiosity and War

  1. I do not generally start Threads but just have to vent.

    Since the female POW was rescued, there has been a great deal of public and journalistic speculation. Now, that it is known that she sustained numerous injuries, there is even more speculation as to how those injuries occurred and as to why she was permitted to live.

    Having relatives in the military and in the Middle East, I am familiar w/treatment of enemy prisoners in that region. I am certain that what occurred was not pleasant. She (and her family) have had a devastating experience.

    However, I am appalled at how the press is treating this - as if they have the right to know EVERYTHING right now. Is she (and her family) not allowed the grace of privacy, of private grief, of recovery without prying eyes into every nook of her life?

    I think that the clincher was when Pat Robertson on Christian Broadcasting News, said that since she wasn't shot or stabbed, that we need to know the way the fractures occurred and he can't understand why the information is not released.

    Does the man have no decency left? Do we need to know every gory detail? Are we that voyeuristic?

    Am I wrong? or are there others out there that are equally offended.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Mimi Wheeze
    <sigh..> I'm getting sick of it, too.

    Yes, I think the media goes completely overboard. They specualte and over-analyze to death every minute detail.

    I know the military has to extensively investigate the POW's ordeal for intelligence reasons...but I don't feel it's necessary to give out all their findings to the media. Leave the poor girl and her family alone.
  4. by   WashYaHands
    As a nurse who understands the concepts and rules of confidentiality I've wondered about this very thing.

    Linda
  5. by   Mkue
    I agree Mimi, "leave the poor girl and her family alone".

    Sometimes the media just irks me

    I'm with you carolina.. I don't think we need to know all the gory details.
    Last edit by mkue on Apr 4, '03
  6. by   semstr
    big difference with us here: they showed here coming off the plane in Ramstein and put on transport to Landkron, reported the next day, she was doing ok, without pictures or anything and that's it.
  7. by   Mkue
    That is a big difference semstr. When she returns to the US the media will follow her every move, for how long who knows. I hope the media has sense enough to give her privacy
  8. by   rncountry
    I vote for HIPPIAA for the media! (I think I put too many initials in that) Anyway you know what I mean.
    And just for the record Carolina, I wouldn't piss on Pat Robertson if he were on fire.
  9. by   Nurse Izzy
    Originally posted by rncountry
    I vote for HIPPIAA for the media! (I think I put too many initials in that) Anyway you know what I mean.
    And just for the record Carolina, I wouldn't piss on Pat Robertson if he were on fire.
    Ditto that.

    Sure, the military needs to debrief to gain and understanding and possibly present war crimes, but the rest of us have now biz knowing all the details. I feel for them.
  10. by   Nurse Izzy
    Originally posted by mkue
    That is a big difference semstr. When she returns to the US the media will follow her every move, for how long who knows. I hope the media has sense enough to give her privacy
    Have you guys heard the reports that the U of WVa and at least one other school have now offered her full scholarships and that some guy (diplomat, I think, from Kuwait) is going to buy her a car when she returns? Now how does that make the families of the dead feel??
  11. by   deespoohbear
    I heard about two colleges offering her full scholarships when she is ready to attend. I hadn't heard about the diplomat and the car. I know that she enlisted in the Army to get money for college. She wants to be a teacher. Not sure what to think about the soldiers who are never coming home.

    Saw a short segment about her Friday evening on 48 hours. She is a tiny thing. 5'4" and 110 lbs. There was a medic who was on the flight to Germany with Jessica. He said that he was 6'4" and 240 lbs and he didn't know if he could have endured what Jessica went through while in captivity. The segment also told about the Iraqi man who gave the Marines the information about Jessica's whereabouts in the hospital and that there were plans to amputate her leg. How scary for that kid. I am glad she was rescued. I wish the rest of her comrades could have been as fortunate.

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