"To compare the two does a disservice to our service members and those men and women who signed up to protect the Nation."
Dave Brooks, a veteran and current deputy editor at The Daily Caller News Foundation, criticized a CNN op-ed in which journalists were compared to soldiers fighting in a war during an interview on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning.
The author of the CNN op-ed argued that people should thank members of the media the way Americans thank military service members.
Why: Last week CNN published an op-ed by
Joseph Holt, an ethics professor at the University of Notre Dame, who appeared to compare journalists to soldiers.
"We thank soldiers for their service because they devote themselves to protecting our freedoms, and we should," Holt said. "But we should also thank the media for the same reason -- especially when the stakes have never been higher."
A @CNN opinion piece claimed journalists are like soldiers. @Dave_M_Brooks, marine and journalist, lucidly explains the monumental differences.— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 8, 2018
“...they head to Twitter like it’s their personal diaries and make the stories about themselves.” pic.twitter.com/3DYpaPicBc
PLAY BY PLAY
The difference between journalists and soldiers: "The vast majority of journalists didn't sign up to protect our nation and values, and this professor wasn't even talking about journalists who do put themselves in harms way," Brooks said. "He was talking about White House reporters who go to the press briefings, and instead of asking questions, they pull out a soapbox and deliver sermons until Sarah Sanders shuts them down."
Journalists and egos: "I write for a military satire site called Duffel Blog, and we thank each other for their [sic] service all the time in a self-deprecating manner so we don't get too inflated self-egos, and I think that's the problem right now," Brooks said. "Is that these journalists that are wanting to be thanked, that go out and seek the self-adulation have fragile egos and a self-inflated sense of worth."
Fox News host Abby Huntsman's segment ending one-liner: "There are certainly no bylines on the battlefield."