Why is the media ignoring this story?

nn nnickmorgan1nnPhoto by Bill Perry/Vietnam veterann n n

“]]”>



While the media has been busy chasing Joe the Plumber, it has ignored Nick Morgan, a 24-year-old veteran from the Iraq war who was trampled by police horses outside the presidential debate Wednesday night.

Morgan was among at least 14 members of Iraq Veterans Against the War who were trying to get into the debate to ask the candidates where they stood on veterans issues. They’ve been trying to meet the candidates since the conventions with no luck.

On Wednesday, mounted police officers on horseback forced the protesters back, knocking several to the ground, including Morgan, who was rushed to the hospital with a broken cheekbone.

However, one witness told Newsday – the only mainstream newspaper that appears to be covering this incident – that Morgan was already standing on the sidewalk, which is where police ordered the protesters to stand.

A witness who also was arrested, Kristofer Goldsmith of North Bellmore, said Morgan had obeyed a police order to return to the sidewalk when he was trampled.

“Stampeding a horse onto the sidewalk . . . is disturbing,” said Goldsmith, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. “The order was to stand on the sidewalk and that’s where my friend got hurt.”

According to IVAW, the veteran activist group had sent a message to debate moderator Bob Schieffer requesting permission to present their questions to the candidates during the debate, but their message was ignored.

One hour before the final presidential debate of the 2008 campaign, fourteen members of IVAW marched in formation to Hofstra University to present questions for the candidates. IVAW had requested permission from debate moderator Bob Schieffer to ask their questions during the debate but got no response.

The contingent of veterans in dress uniforms and combat uniforms attempted to enter the building where the debate was to be held in order to ask their questions but were turned back by police. The IVAW members at the front of the formation were immediately arrested, and others were pushed back into the crowd by police on horseback. Several members were injured, including former Army Sergeant Nick Morgan who suffered a broken cheekbone when he was trampled by police horses before being arrested.

The veterans were among several other groups of protesters, including Code Pink, who were standing outside the debates, but they appear to be the only protesters arrested, which is an extremely newsworthy item.

However, the only news organizations reporting on this story besides Newsday are independent media Websites, including Democracy Now and OpEdNews.

It was no different last month when IVAW member Adam Kokesh had sneaked into the Republican National Convention to hold up a sign stating that “McCain Votes Against Vets”, only to get kicked out.

Whether you agree with IVAW methods or not, we should expect, encourage and demand that our candidates give these veterans the courtesy to address their concerns and questions. After all, these veterans were shipped to Iraq to fight an illegal war, which most politicians supported at the time, even though they now admit it was a mistake.

McCain and Obama should have welcomed the group with open arms and perhaps even used some of them as props during the debate.

Instead of Joe the Plumber, we could have had Nick the Wounded Soldier explaining how he will now have to struggle with healthcare because cutbacks to veteran services has put them on the back burner. Especially considering that his fractured cheekbone was not received on the battlefield.

But all they did was kick him in the face with a horse for demonstrating his First Amendment rights.

And that’s worse than spitting on a veteran.

nn nnickmorgan1nnPhoto by Bill Perry/Vietnam veterann n n

“]]”>



While the media has been busy chasing Joe the Plumber, it has ignored Nick Morgan, a 24-year-old veteran from the Iraq war who was trampled by police horses outside the presidential debate Wednesday night.

Morgan was among at least 14 members of Iraq Veterans Against the War who were trying to get into the debate to ask the candidates where they stood on veterans issues. They’ve been trying to meet the candidates since the conventions with no luck.

On Wednesday, mounted police officers on horseback forced the protesters back, knocking several to the ground, including Morgan, who was rushed to the hospital with a broken cheekbone.

However, one witness told Newsday – the only mainstream newspaper that appears to be covering this incident – that Morgan was already standing on the sidewalk, which is where police ordered the protesters to stand.

A witness who also was arrested, Kristofer Goldsmith of North Bellmore, said Morgan had obeyed a police order to return to the sidewalk when he was trampled.

“Stampeding a horse onto the sidewalk . . . is disturbing,” said Goldsmith, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. “The order was to stand on the sidewalk and that’s where my friend got hurt.”

According to IVAW, the veteran activist group had sent a message to debate moderator Bob Schieffer requesting permission to present their questions to the candidates during the debate, but their message was ignored.

One hour before the final presidential debate of the 2008 campaign, fourteen members of IVAW marched in formation to Hofstra University to present questions for the candidates. IVAW had requested permission from debate moderator Bob Schieffer to ask their questions during the debate but got no response.

The contingent of veterans in dress uniforms and combat uniforms attempted to enter the building where the debate was to be held in order to ask their questions but were turned back by police. The IVAW members at the front of the formation were immediately arrested, and others were pushed back into the crowd by police on horseback. Several members were injured, including former Army Sergeant Nick Morgan who suffered a broken cheekbone when he was trampled by police horses before being arrested.

The veterans were among several other groups of protesters, including Code Pink, who were standing outside the debates, but they appear to be the only protesters arrested, which is an extremely newsworthy item.

However, the only news organizations reporting on this story besides Newsday are independent media Websites, including Democracy Now and OpEdNews.

It was no different last month when IVAW member Adam Kokesh had sneaked into the Republican National Convention to hold up a sign stating that “McCain Votes Against Vets”, only to get kicked out.

Whether you agree with IVAW methods or not, we should expect, encourage and demand that our candidates give these veterans the courtesy to address their concerns and questions. After all, these veterans were shipped to Iraq to fight an illegal war, which most politicians supported at the time, even though they now admit it was a mistake.

McCain and Obama should have welcomed the group with open arms and perhaps even used some of them as props during the debate.

Instead of Joe the Plumber, we could have had Nick the Wounded Soldier explaining how he will now have to struggle with healthcare because cutbacks to veteran services has put them on the back burner. Especially considering that his fractured cheekbone was not received on the battlefield.

But all they did was kick him in the face with a horse for demonstrating his First Amendment rights.

And that’s worse than spitting on a veteran.

Support our Mission

Help us build a database of bad cops

For almost 15 years, PINAC News has remained active despite continuous efforts by the government and Big Tech to shut us down by either arresting us for lawful activity or by restricting access to our readers under the pretense that we write about “social issues.”

Since we are forbidden from discussing social issues on social media, we have created forums on our site to allow us to fulfill our mission with as little restriction as possible. We welcome our readers to join our forums and support our mission by either donating, volunteering or both.

Our plan is to build a national database of bad cops obtained from public records maintained by local prosecutors. The goal is to teach our readers how to obtain these lists to ensure we cover every city, county and state in the country.

After all, the government has made it clear it will not police the police so the role falls upon us.

It will be our most ambitious project yet but it can only be done with your help.

But if we succeed, we will be able to keep innocent people out of prison.

Please make a donation below or click on side tab to learn more about our mission.

Subscribe to PINAC

Bypass Big Tech censorship.

Carlos Millerhttps://pinacnews.com
Editor-in-Chief Carlos Miller spent a decade covering the cop beat for various newspapers in the Southwest before returning to his hometown Miami and launching Photography is Not a Crime aka PINAC News in 2007. He also published a book, The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which is available on Amazon.

Leave a Reply

- Advertisement -

Latest articles