http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tm...031103/us_nm/economy_housing_affordability_dc "While U.S. officials say the policy was created out of respect for relatives, others criticize the lack of media access, arguing its aim is to prevent the public from seeing large numbers of coffins that could turn public opinion against the war." The idea that this policy has anything to do with respect for the "trauma" of the soldiers' relatives is horseshiit. This is a naked move by the government to shape how the war is presented to the American public. And I love the journalistic gusto of this muckraker: "We were a bit surprised by the sudden ban (on covering coffins)," said Andy Eckardt, a producer based in Mainz for NBC who covered about five such transfers there in recent years. "But we follow the regulations. What can I do? It's the military. They own the base." Actually, this spinelessness is the real danger here. One would expect a democratic government to try stuff like this: of course they want to shape the coverage of the war! But we're supposed to have a free press calling these people out, challenging them on such things. When the rules were first created in 91, a group led by Harpers Mag actually did take the government to court to challenge the rules. Not only did the liberal press like NYT, WaPo, and all the major networks not JOIN the lawsuit, but they didn't even cover the fact that such a lawsuit existed.