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joeunderdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-14-03 02:52 PM
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GMC bars media from speech by Lynch rescue pilot
MILLEDGEVILLE - Officials at Georgia Military College turned away reporters and photographers who were invited to hear a speech Wednesday by a helicopter pilot involved in the rescue of Jessica Lynch.

Col. Jim LeBrun, the principal of GMC's high school, and Janeen Smith, the public relations director for the school, stopped members of the media outside the auditorium with "bad news."

LeBrun said Marine Maj. Craig Kopel told them before giving the speech that he would not speak if any members of the media were present. They said he did not want his name or photograph printed, though his name was in a news release announcing his appearance. Kopel was scheduled to speak to junior and high school students.

LeBrun said Kopel would "get in trouble" if he spoke to or in front of the media.

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http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/local/7248865.htm

Unfortunately for the RW Spin Team, the cat's out of the bag (See: PrimeTime) and the press isn't happy about having been taken for a ride on this. Just keep pissing them off...
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-14-03 02:57 PM
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1. Ok one detail though
the guy is a Spec Ops pilot, he could get indeed in trouble

Of course you would think he woudl not go on public speaking
tours either, but...

And yes the cat is finally out of the bag and the RW spin is trying
to repair that damage
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DuctapeFatwa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-14-03 03:44 PM
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2. since Lynch's 4 rescuers have been coincidentally killed since the rescue

the pilot is probably well advised to change his appearance AND keep himself as out of the public eye, and preferably, the US, as he can.
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-14-03 05:19 PM
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3. Certainly not SOP for an operator.
Wait 'til you retire, Major.

:shrug:

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