Was Fox News Wrong to Out the Real Identity of the Navy SEAL Who Wrote "No Easy Day"? If He or Any of the Other SEAL Team 6 Members Are Harmed, Should Fox be Blamed?
The author used a pseudonym to ensure his and his family's safety, but Fox News apparently didn't share that concern.
Fox News revealed the real identity of
the former Navy SEAL Team 6 member who has written a book billed as a
firsthand account of the killing of Osama bin Laden, "No Easy Day". The ex-commando,
who wrote under the pseudonym "Mark Owen," is really Matt Bissonnette,
36, of Wrangell, Alaska, according to Fox.
In it's defense, Fox News says that anyone who writes a book shouldn't expect anonymity. A
spokesman for the publisher, Penguin, said outing the author could put
his safety at risk. And it is ironic that it was flag-waving Fox News that blew the whistle on a war hero. We can only imagine Fox News's outraged wall-to-wall coverage had the Times or MSNBC "endangered the life of a brave American soldier" by doing the same thing.
Was it irresponsible for Fox to blow Bissonnette's cover?
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