Vernon Robinson, NC-13: No Respect for Fallen Soldiers or the Truth

A few days ago I wrote a post about Vernon Robinson's newest smear ad. You might have had a chance to see it before he had to pull it from the air. Hotline Blog posted about the ad and Factcheck.org debunked every assertion Vernon made or lie he told. If you didn't get a chance to see it, you can visit Youtube.

Pay close attention to the opening shot. Do you recognize the photograph? I didn't either, but the owner of the Pulitzer-Prize winning photograph did and isn't happy about it.

Forget for a minute that this is about stealing someone Else's work. Forget that Vernon Robinson stole the property rights to this image from the owner and used them to smear Brad Miller.

Take a look at the real picture as posted on the Rocky Mountain News along with several others by the same photographer. Read the beautifully written and heart-breaking stories that go with the photographs. After you've dried your eyes - because you will cry - stop and think about what Vernon Robinson actually did in stealing this image.

There was the body of a young marine in that coffin. Standing nearby, there was a young bride, pregnant with her first child waiting for the body of her husband. Behind the photographer, there were family members waiting for the final leg of this young marine's journey to come to an end. While we don't see these people, if you stop and think about this moment, their grief is palpable.

Vernon Robinson, used this fallen soldier for political gain. He used this beautiful image of what was a heartbreaking time for this family to smear another human being.

I'm having a hard time coming up with the words to describe Vernon Robinson's actions. For some reason vile and loathesome just don't cut it. He offers not one redeeming quality. Not one.

He had a chance on FOX News to apologize. He didn't take it. Instead he told a bold-faced lie on national television. On the Hannity and Colmes show he said the ad wasn't broadcast and was only put out on the internet to get feedback. That is a lie. This ad aired 20 - 25 times on News 14 and WMYV and was continuing at the time to run on FOX News broadcasts of the story. Watch the Youtube clip of Vernon's lie.

As I mentioned above, Robinson pulled the ad from the airwaves. However, it wasn't without some prompting. Robinson received a cease and desist order from attorneys for the Rocky Mountain News and it looks like there may be legal action taken against the producer and director of the ad, Kay Daly and Associates out of Charlotte.

I guess when common human decency doesn't prevent you from writing, producing, directing, approving and paying for crap like that, we'll just have to settle for cease and desist orders.

My mea culpa: I also have used a photograph of flag-draped coffins without stopping to think about the men and women who were arriving home in them. While the photograph wasn't used to smear anyone and was actually part of a post about a candlelight vigil in support of the troops, it was still wrong. I have removed the photograph and apologize to the families.

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This was hard

It's really hard to write a piece about Vernon Robinson without snark/sarcasm/etc. I started this piece that way, but then I read the series at the Rocky Mountain News and did a re-write. If you don't know anyone with a family member in Iraq or Afghanistan, please read this series. It can help bring their grief a little closer.


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The Southern Dem

has a huge heart and she always writes from it. This is a beautiful piece and I cried again.

Lovex7

Thank you, Love

Robinson is vile. I can't believe the N&O this morning spent so much ink on him. His existence doesn't deserve to be acknowledged.


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Alan Colmes

Actually rakes him over the coals. That is a first. If he gets a set of balls, lord, we might have a shot.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Balls? Colmes?

In Foley's dreams. Never happen.

SD, your posts give me so much energy

And touch my heart at the same time. Thank you for writting this. I have linked to it at DailyKos and am linking over at MyDD too. (Hope that's ok)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Hey momoaizo

Man, love your tag line!!

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only UNPATRIOTIC and servile, but it is morally treasonable to the American public.

Teddy Roosevelt

Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.

Oh Vern...

What? I'm shocked! SHOCKED I say!! Vermin used a photo illegally? Surely, he wouldn't do such a thing. After all, isn't the GOP the party of morality and truthfullness??? And all for "the rule of law"? Geez, next thing you know, they'll be fooling around with House pages and taking illegal campaign contributions from convicted lobbyists...

And this idiot thinks he should represent ME? Sorry, I don't think so. And quite frankly, being an Air Force veteran, I find it insulting for him to be insinuating that because he's a vet, somehow all vets are repugs and think like he does. Maybe all the repugs he knows think like he does, but I can guarantee that not all vets think like he does. Far from it. But then what can you expect from the party that did give us "Duke" Cunningham?

Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.

Thanks Jim! I'm AF too!

only spent 4 years, but stationed at the Country Club of bases, Patrick AFB, Cocoa Beach Florida. Worked in Base Ops! Met Hubby, got married and got out.

Vern (or as we like to call him, the vermin) does most certainly NOT represent my values and I will do everything possible to make sure the good people of the 13th know what a menace to society he can be.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Did 4 years myself

Spent 3 of 'em right here in NC at SJAFB. 4th TFW, 334th TFS. Glad to see there are some of us around. It really bothers me the way Vermin, and the GOP (is that redundent?) try to equate military service with being right wing.

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only UNPATRIOTIC and servile, but it is morally treasonable to the American public.

Teddy Roosevelt

Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.

Looks like we need some more Squids to balance things out!

:)

James Protzman
USNA '72

Yeah Baby!

And a few grunts and jarheads too, for good measure!!!

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only UNPATRIOTIC and servile, but it is morally treasonable to the American public.

Teddy Roosevelt

Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.