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    This morning, as I was flipping through the news channels, I happened to catch a repeat of the Don Imus show from 6/27/11.  Imus's guest was Chris Christie from my home state of New Jersey.  I no longer live in Jersey, but I don't know too much about Christie so I wanted to watch a little to get a sense of what the guy was about.  A few minutes into watching the interview I noticed something that absolutely turned my stomach.

     Imus is asking Christie about Afghanistan to which Christie responds that he didn't know enough about it to give his opinion.  As Christie is answering, a clip of Obama speaking at a podium is juxtaposed with a clip of a U.S. soldier firing a gun in the direction of Obama.  I was absolutely horrified and disgusted that Imus would allow an editor to paint such a picture, and I'm wondering if anyone else feels the same way.


     I know there's probably a lot of people that would dismiss something like this, and I haven't been able to find anything online that even points to someone else taking an issue with it, but to me this is inexcusable.  Having done my share of video editing, I know that this was no mistake.  Take away the dialogue and the context of the interview and you are simply left with an image of a soldier shooting at the President.

     After searching for this video online I found the only place where I could find this clip other than what I uploaded was on Chris Christie's very own youtube channel.

     This type of thing falls under the notion of journalistic integrity.  The person that put together this clip should be fired.  I also find it in very poor judgement that Don Imus would allow something like this to be displayed on his program.  Especially after the "2nd chance" that he has been given after having made incendiary comments that led to him being fired by CBS.

     I'm interested in hearing what others think about this and welcome any suggestions as to ways to take action against the editor.  I'm also guessing that some of you may tell me that you have seen something like this before.  Regardless, I feel that lines must be drawn.


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