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Army spooked by gritty HBO documentary

As if public opinion of how poorly things are going in Iraq can get any worse, it’s back to “blame the messenger” over at the Pentagon. (Raw Story):

The Army is backing away from an HBO war documentary called Baghdad E.R. due to fears that it may demoralize troops and “negatively affect public opinion about the war,” according to a story in the New York Times, RAW STORY has found.

One has to wonder, what did the Army officials think filmmakers would capture when following the goings-on at a combat hospital — fun and games?

A snippet from the NYT article:

…High-ranking military officers, including Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, who is the Army chief of staff, and Lt. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley, the surgeon general of the Army, had been expected to attend the screening but now will not, people involved in preparations for the event said.

The documentary, titled “Baghdad E.R.,” chronicles two months at the 86th Combat Support Hospital, where filmmakers were given broad access to follow doctors, nurses, medics and others as they treated soldiers wounded by roadside bombs and in combat. As one nurse, Spc. Saidet Lanier, says in the film: “This is hard-core, raw, uncut trauma. Day after day, every day.”

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