Hyman & the Fallen
We’ve noted before that Mark Hyman loves to associate himself with the military, whether it’s touting his own stint in military intelligence (insert your own oxymoron joke here) or congratulating various branches of the military service on their “birthdays,” like some sort of neo-con Willard Scott.
Most recently, Hyman waxed rhapsodic about the Air Force on the occasion of the anniversary of its founding. There’s nothing wrong with this—the Air Force, and all branches of the service, deserve recognition (although we can’t help notice the pointed inclusion of the Air National Guard in Hyman’s effusive praise—nothing is apolitical in the world of “The Point”).
The problem is (again, as we’ve pointed out before), that Hyman loves to kiss up to the military to augment his own ethos, but when the time came to honor those most deserving of praise, those members of the armed services who gave their lives in Iraq, Hyman and the rest of Sinclair Broadcasting were AWOL, refusing to let their ABC affiliates carry Nightline’s “The Fallen,” an elegant, apolitical homage to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
But we shouldn’t be surprised. Hyman’s hero, George W. Bush, can’t be bothered to attend a single memorial service for any of the people who have died carrying out his misguided orders. Why would we expect any more honor from Hyman himself?
And that’s The Counterpoint.
If you’d like to acknowledge those who have died in Iraq, you can access a list of those killed here. If you want to see the entire list at once, be prepared for a long download time.