Curley, an executive battening off the rotting hulk of the Associated Press, had ignored common decency and a direct appeal from Defense Secretary Robert Gates to refrain from publishing photographs of a dying United States Marine. Gates said,“I cannot imagine the pain and suffering Lance Corporal Bernard’s death has caused his family. Why your organization would purposefully defy the family’s wishes knowing full well that it will lead to yet more anguish is beyond me. Your lack of compassion and common sense in choosing to put this image of their maimed and stricken child on the front page of multiple American newspapers is appalling. The issue here is not law, policy or constitutional right – but judgment and common decency.”
Decency? For the chancre ridden media scum that infest our nation, decency is something they have never, ever heard of. Their lack of decency is something vermin like Tom Curley and all those who cash checks from the vile operation known as the "Associated Press" confirm with every day of their miserable existence.
Curley, it would seem, has appointed himself and his company, Associated Press, as truth czars in the war against war. Last February, this boil on the backside of humanity, declared that the news industry must immediately negotiate a new set of rules for covering war because "we are the only force out there to keep the government in check and to hold it accountable."
Ah, the neutral observer mask slips again. The question today is who will hold the AP in check and make it accountable? In light of Curley's action "Appalling" seems to be too slight a word. "Sorry," wouldn't cut it either. Indeed, nothing seems to be sufficient.
You see, in the world of the Curry's there are never any consequences. Even should he lose his job, even should the AP continue to crater, there will not be any "real" consequences for this kind of scum. At the very least, he'd swan on to a position at someplace like "The Aspen Institute" ("Dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue through seminars, policy programs.") where he'd continue to ooze his excrement into our society.
My friends all note that I have a distinct tendency towards bloody-mindedness when the normal level of daily outrage has been exceeded as it has today by Mr. Curley. It's not really bloody-mindedness, but only a nudge from my soul about justice denied. It's only shadow of a literary memory that, when I read about corporate media scum like Curley, causes me to remember this passage from Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities"The Gorgon had surveyed the building again in the night, and had added the one stone face wanting; the stone face for which it had waited through about two hundred years.
It lay back on the pillow of Monsieur the Marquis. It was like a fine mask, suddenly startled, made angry, and petrified. Driven home into the heart of the stone figure attached to it, was a knife. Round its hilt was a frill of paper, on which was scrawled:
"Drive him fast to his tomb. This, from Jacques."
Not to worry, it's only fiction, not the news according to the Associated Press. That Wikipedia edit was quickly erased and Tom Curley went back to being a stub. I'm sure that's where he'll stay.