This of course is not long after Fox News - the same journalist who outed the SEAL, in fact - blasted President Obama for discussing the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden - Fox claimed at the time that leaking details of the raid like, oh I don't know, maybe the names of the guys who did the raid, might endanger their lives (Obama did not release their names).
Fox News is like the Republican Party (like?) who will say anything on any day as long as it's the opposite of what a Democrat said. And this situation is very much like the Valerie Plame situation in which the Bush White House outed an undercover CIA agent, ruining her career and harming national security, in order to seek political retribution against anyone not buttressing GOP talking points, like the Navy SEAL whose story could undercut GOP talking points that America shouldn't not be proud of having killed Osama bin Laden. So they outed him, broadcast his name to the world, including Al Qaeda, in order to silence him, permanently in the case of how Al Qaeda handles such things.
So the question today is why does Fox News want to risk endangering the life of a Navy SEAL who risked his life for his country?
Maybe because Rupert Murdoch did not grow up in the US, so he doesn't understand our traditions, or care about the safety of military personal? We've seen his birth certificate, and it's not red, white and blue.
While most other media outlets chose not to out the author of the new book about the mission against bin Laden, Fox decided to publish his details and put him at risk.
More from ThinkProgress:
Fox News today published the name of a U.S. Navy SEAL who led the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan last year that ended up in the al-Qaeda leader’s death. The SEAL under the pseudonym Mark Owen is the author of a book set to be released on Sept. 11 detailing the events of the raid. The book’s publisher says Owen “was one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist leader’s hideout and was present at his death.”And here's Fox last year discussing how dastardly it is to put our servicemembers at risk by discussing the raid:
Fox News said that “multiple sources” told the news outlet Owen’s real name but Fox did not provide any details about its decision to publish it. The book seemingly provides some clues as to the SEAL’s real identity as, according to the New York Times, Owen “recalls his childhood in Alaska.”
Members of Navy SEAL team 6, the Special Operations unit responsible for killing Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden in Pakistan last Sunday, have expressed concerns about their safety and the safety of their families now that details of the mission have been made public.