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Arlington Cemetery Trying to Impose New Restrictions on Funerals oqf Iraq War Dead

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Arlington Cemetery Trying to Impose New Restrictions on Funerals of Iraq War Dead When Gina Gray took over as the public affairs director at Arlington National Cemetery about three months ago, she discovered that cemetery officials were attempting to impose new limits on media coverage of funerals of the Iraq war dead — even after the fallen warriors' families granted permission for the coverage. She said that the new restrictions were wrong and that Army regulations didn't call for such limitations.

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stephley stephley 9 years
Drive through with a professional camera person. You have a great weekend too! :wave:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Anyway, I have work to finish up for the week. Have a great afternoon and weekend!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I read the articles, too. She was fired after the initial Post article about her efforts. So, it wasn't just post-firing that she talked to the press. As I drive through Arlington Cemetery on almost a daily basis, I know for certain that there have been instances in which one funeral could not be recorded without disturbing the other. Maybe not in every case, but I can testify with 100% certainty that it does happen.
stephley stephley 9 years
I've read four articles on this - the quotes from Gray are POST-firing. She wasn't fired for talking to the press: she was fired for pressing to allow coverage because Army regulations do allow it. It is not 'conceited' it is 'conceded' and I have agreed that funerals can take place next to each other. However, as I have been field producer on several occasions at news events at Arlington Cemetery, I know for certain that one funeral could be recorded without disturbing the other.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I should have stated that more clearly in comment #14; I apologize. I guess I assumed that we would all understand that everyone in this discussion has a basic level of intelligence.
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 9 years
Have you conceited the point that Kim and I are aware that funerals take place next to each other? In regards to Gray, she still has a responsibility to her employer to follow their rules. You can't go around blabbing whatever you want about your company even if you are the person who does press. She violated one of their rules that she was aware of when she worked there.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Thanks, I'm not an idiot. However, even as a public affairs director, what you talk to the press about typically has to be cleared.
stephley stephley 9 years
"Gina Gray took over as the public affairs director at Arlington National Cemetery" that means it was her job to talk to the press.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Stephley, how do you know why the administration wants the funerals closed? Furthermore, I have seen one procession pass behind a funeral at Arlington that made the two "so close a camera couldn't discretely focus on one and not the other." Additionally, I think it's important to note that press coverage of the funerals has always been allowed; the only thing that has changed is how close the reporters are allowed to stand to the proceedings. As far as Gray being terminated, in many organizations talking to the press is grounds for termination.
stephley stephley 9 years
Next to each other but not so close that they interfere with each other and definitely not so close a camera couldn't discretely focus on one and not the other. And that isn't why the Administration wants the funerals closed.
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 9 years
I live one exit from the cemetery and there are funerals next to each other on many occasions.
stephley stephley 9 years
Funerals are far enough apart that a camera could easily focus on one and not any other, and that's not at all why the government is keeping the press away.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
What happens if there is more than one funeral, and one family wants it "televised", and the other family doesn't?
stephley stephley 9 years
What's so wrong about showing the funerals, if the family wants it?
stephley stephley 9 years
She wasn't seeking change, she wanted the Army to obey the rules that exist - in a free country, that shouldn't have fast-tracked her to unemployment.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
It's not a dictatorship, but going to the newspaper to seek changes is a great way to find the exit, and she found it.
stephley stephley 9 years
No Dave, it's not a dictatorship no matter how much you want it to be. If anyone bothers to follow up, and if the military is breaking any rules, it would have to change the policy. I'm pretty sure Arlington is a Federal facility, not a military one.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I was referring to Gray's situation.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Wow, you're in the military even after you're dead?
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Not in the military. Nothing is "free" there. If you don't like it, don't go into the military.
stephley stephley 9 years
"Six weeks after The Washington Post reported her efforts to restore media coverage of funerals, Gray was demoted. Twelve days ago, the Army fired her." Free country, free press?
Jillness Jillness 9 years
If the victim's family wants the media there, I don't really see the reason to stop it. I notice that when the media covers even civilian deaths, the families in mourning seem to comforted by sharing their thoughts of the loved one with the world. People seem to want to tell as many people as possible what made them special and how much they will be missed. I don't see what good it would do to deny families of this, just because they are military. (But if the families do not want media coverage, then I think it should absolutely not be allowed).
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