ABC's Bob Woodruff, brain-injured while covering the war in Iraq, continued his commitment to soldiers who suffered similar injuries by filing A Closer Look profile of a disabled sergeant. His feature followed Will Glass, who had ambitions to attend college and build custom cars as a civilian, before a roadside bomb in Taji blew part of his brains out. Amelia Glass, his wife of one year, protested his presence in Iraq: he had been scheduled to leave the army but had been forced to reenlist beyond his discharge date with a stop-loss order. She bitterly called stop-loss a "backdoor draft." Some 75,000 soldiers are currently serving under the compulsory provision.
Sloppily, Woodruff failed to include a soundbite from the Pentagon in justification of its policy. His human-interest feature was designed to stir our emotions--but emotions are no excuse for one-sided journalism.
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