Once again the Murdoch owned low brow tabloid, The Daily Telegraph, has disgraced itself.
In an article on July 4, 2012, alleged “journalist” Ian McPhedran named a soldier recently killed in action in Afghanistan.
This prompted the Army Chief to pen a letter to the editor. In the letter Lieutenant General David Morrison lambasted the paper for naming the soldier before this information was officially released by the Army and the soldier’s family.
From the letter:
The Army and the Defence Force have well established protocols for the release of names and personal details in these circumstances; protocols with which your journalists are very familiar but have clearly chosen to ignore.
The family in this instance, whose lives are currently consumed with their own grief, had asked Army to wait to release his details so that they could deal with this terrible loss in their way. You have robbed them of this right. Such actions are unconscionable and un-Australian. (emphasis added by The Derp).
Their trust has been betrayed by the selfish act of a journalist intent on being ‘the first’.
McPhedran showed absolutely no regard for long held Armed Forces traditions, as well as contempt for the soldier’s family.
The Murdoch Virus in action again.