I forgot to write about this, but I thought this was a great compromise:
The Pentagon will lift its ban on media coverage of the flag-draped coffins of war victims arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.
But the families of the victims will have the final say on whether to allow the coverage, he said.
President Obama asked Gates to review the policy, and Gates said he decided after consulting with the armed services and groups representing military families to apply the same policy that is used at Arlington National Cemetery.
“I have decided that the decision regarding media coverage of the dignified transfer process at Dover should be made by those most directly affected — the families,” he said at a news conference.
My only concern about this when the debate was hot and heavy was the possibility that coffins of American dead would be shown in the media somehow before families were notified. That possibility just horrified me. If families have to be asked prior to the photographing, then clearly they have been notified, so my only concern has been met. This seems to me to be an excellent compromise, with one caveat- I hope something is done to make sure families are not pressured. I’m assuming this could be easily avoided by having the DoD serve as the intermediaries between the families and the media.