Michigan native beheaded in Iraq
23 Sep 2004 06:15 GMT
On Monday, September 20 the three Grand Rapids based TV stations and the Grand Rapids Press reported that Hillsdale native Eugene Armstrong was beheaded in Iraq by a group reported to be "Jordanian militants." "Beheaded man a ‘good guy…in the wrong place,’ mourners say" was the headline in the Grand Rapids Press while the local TV coverage focused on the community vigil in Hillsdale commemorating the victim.
While each of the GR based news outlets focused on the human tragedy of this man's death, they refused to ask the broader questions of what brought him to Iraq and what roles foreign civilian contractors have played in the occupation of Iraq. The news coverage did state that the Jordanian militants were demanding that all Iraqi women be released from Iraqi prisons, yet this issue was never investigated in local media reports.