Saturday, September 25, 2004

Foster Barton Update

Five days have gone by with nary a peep from major news outlets.

A Google News search for foster + barton returns just 4 results.

F-O-U-R. 1 .. 2 .. 3 .. 4. The non-coverage is just stupefying.

2 of these are from local television stations. 1 in Ohio, 1 in Florida. The other 2 are from conservative news sites.

What is up with that?

This is a compelling story: soldier who defends 1st amendment rights attacked by antiwar protestor.

Ack! Who am I kidding? The storyline would need to be "soldier cowardly attacks antiwar protestor".

Now that would get coverage, right? Silly me.

Although "man bites dog" is the preferred angle for news media (especially broadcast media), I don't buy that the non-coverage is because this is a "dog bites man" story.

They just don't give a damn .. not even, apparently, FOXNews.

If not for us bloggers, this story would have died at the local level .. and within a day at that.

PFC Barton is doing well. He has since had two doctor appointments and has fielded dozens of emails and phone calls, to include a call from Toby Keith's manager to coordinate a time that Keith and PFC Barton can talk.

For Toby Keith this is personal. Anyone who knows anything about Toby Keith knows that if he had been in that parking lot, PFC Barton's attacker would now be receiving his meals through a straw.

Still no word on the attacker, although police interviewed a woman who witnesses said was with the coward at the time the attack took place. The woman denies knowing the coward.


medicthoughtbubble said...

Your blog makes interesting reading...

It is intriguing how much news from the States doesn't get across the Atlantic to places like England. The BBC is straying more and more towards the side of the Politically Correct police. We don't even have much idea what people on the ground in America think about key issues.

Over here the American casualties have unfortunately become mere numbers. Kerry's campaign is depicted (quite accurately I think) as one glued to the "I'm reporting for doody" concept and nothing much else. However, much of Britain is fervently anti-Bush - we don't get much news on anti-Bush Americans (other than Michael Moore).

What is even more striking, however, is how much news in England doesn't get out of the country.

Keep up the blogging!

Cathy said...

I'am a regular reader of your blog. Thank you for telling us of this story. I linked it to my site after reading it here. I hope that's OK with you? The more people that can read about this type violence the better chance of getting it stopped. I'm very happy that Toby Keith is getting involved.

Your blog is great, please keep giving us good information.

MerryMadMonk said...


I'm delighted you visited. Thanks for reading.

There were times when BBC was my lifeline to news of the world .. in fact, my only source of news. Sounds quaint in this day of internet and wireless, hmmm? But there it is.

When we tuned the shortwave to the familiar crisp, clipped British accent of a BBC newsreader, it delivered us, if only for a few moments, from the isolation and lonesomeness of being thousands of miles from home.

It is not something one easily forgets.

So I have an emotional attachment to BBC and it has been sad and painful to witness BBC drink from the same cup of kool-aid as ABC/CBS/CNN/NBC.

I regularly read the UK media online. I find that the UK does a much better job than American media covering science, for one. I prefer "The Telegraph", but I browse most all of them .. even "The Guardian".

I perfectly enjoyed "The Telegraph's" recent article on young Otis Ferry. That is a story that would never see the light of day in American media even though its theme has wide appeal here.

I think you would be surprised by how many Americans follow British news. It can't be left unsaid the effect that Britain's loyalty has had on Americans. Who among us will ever forget our national anthem being played on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard on 11 September 2001?

MerryMadMonk said...


Thanks for reading and thanks for linking to the story.

I couldn't agree with you more about getting this type of violence stopped. The last thing we need is a return to the attitudes and actions of the 60s when our Vietnam veterans were reviled by an uncomfortably large segment of our nation.

Veterans are not going to sit back and let that happen. Even now there is movement within some veteran groups to take action. One possibility being discussed is posting a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of PFC Barton's attacker.

I know this hits close to home for you. You might consider contacting the Ohio Veterans of Foreign Wars to voice your concerns. You can find contact information here.

Another veteran's group to consider is 1st Cavalry Division Association. They would love to hear from people on this issue. Their email is

Thanks again for reading and thank you for supporting our troops.