Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Give a shout out for reporting good news

I received this in my inbox this morning. It is a little dated but it makes a valid point. Read and you will see why.

Ed Freeman

You're an 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.

You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.

Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn't seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.

Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.

He's coming anyway.

And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses.

And, he kept coming back.... 13 more times..... And took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.

Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman, died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise, ID . . . May God rest his soul!

Actually Ed Freeman passed away on August 20 of last year. I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, because the newspapers and television stations are more interested in reporting on Brittany spears drug rehab stints or some Hip-Hop coward beating the crap out of his "girlfriend.” Why is it that the newspapers and electronic media give more coverage to the bad news than to good news. It is because bad news sells. We are a voyeuristic society that loves to look in on other's misfortunes. We stay glued to the television when O J is racing down the highway in a white Bronco or pirates are attacking a freighter. Put on a feel good story about a woman who bakes cookies for her neighbors and we change the channel.

The truth is that it isn't just those secular people that are feeding this craziness. It is all of us Christians too. We buy into it and we don't support the good news that is offered when it comes out.

We can make a difference. It just means making a conscious effort to look for the good news stories and then give the newspaper or television station positive feedback. They listen to you. If enough people begin giving them kudos for reporting good news, it can make a difference.


Medal of Honor Winner

Ed Freeman!

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