Should ‘Fox News’ Go Through With Interview With Bin Laden Shooter? — Navy Says No [POLL]
For Veterans Day Nov. 11, Fox News is planning to interview the Navy SEAL who shot Osama Bin Laden. The Pentagon and Navy SEAL top commander both say the interview violates the "ethos" of the profession and national security regulations. Do you agree?
"The Shooter" gave an interview to Esquire magazine anonymously but will reveal his identity for the first time in the Fox News special. Since the soldiers are not supposed to talk about their missions, there's no way to know if the man is lying!
The SEAL commander and Force Master Chief both signed a letter condemning the planned interview, saying SEALS agree to live as quiet professionals. Thousands of people are involved in every mission and no single person can claim credit for a success. Plus, doing so violates the "ethos" of SEALs, says the letter:
We do not abide willful or selfish disregard for our core values in return for public notoriety and financial gain..."
A Pentagon spokesperson says all SEALs sign a non-disclosure agreement -- this would especially apply to the top secret assassination of the world's biggest terrorist leader! If he goes through with it next Tuesday, he'll violate that federal contract.
The letter from the SEAL commander also said,
We will actively seek judicial consequence for members who willfully violate the law, and place our Teammates, our Families, and potential future operations at risk."
At face value, continuing with the interview seems irresponsible. It violates journalism's commitment to truth and facts if nothing "The Shooter" says can be confirmed. It also violates the code of ethics to "minimize harm" if both the Pentagon and SEALs say talking about the top secret mission could jeopardize future missions. Overwhelming obligation to the public good can outweigh these concerns, but this appears to be lurid curiosity -- spelled out in the journalism code of ethics as an unacceptable motive.
So, should FOX NEWS go through with it?