January 23, 2007, - 11:31 am

ABC News Reporter, Author Martha Raddatz Responds to Schlussel

By Debbie Schlussel
Earlier this month, USA Today published a list of the major books and novels coming out for the first third of 2007. I wrote about it and made my comments about several of the books, based on USA Today’s summary of what they were about. Admittedly, I had read none of these books at the time (they weren’t out yet).
I’ve since heard from those behind two of the books.
One of those people is ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz, whose book–“The Long Road Home“–was among those I ripped. Based on the title and USA Today’s description, it sounded like the book was yet another anti-war tome on Iraq.

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Martha wrote me to say that USA Today got it wrong and that her book is very supportive of the troops. After reading Martha’s e-mails (which she has allowed me to post), I think that I was wrong in my commentary on her upcoming book, and I’ve told Martha I look forward to reviewing her book. I’m glad to hear, based on her e-mails, that her book is not yet another “down-on-us-being-in-Iraq” book. If that’s the case, it’s refreshing, and I owe her an apology. We’ll see when I review it, but it sounds like it will be a great book:

— “Raddatz, Martha J” wrote:
Subject: Book lists…
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 18:43:28 -0500
From: “Raddatz, Martha J”
To: dschlussel@yahoo.com
Hi Debbie,
I saw your web entry about USA Today’s “notable” books for 2007.

The Long Road Home,” by Martha Raddatz (Putnam). ABC News correspondent’s experiences covering the war in Iraq. [DS: USA Today’s description]
Could she come up with a more trite title?! Yet another anti-War “expose” that’ll put you to sleep . . . by yet another Mainstream Media “news” “correspondent.” YAAAAAWN. Next! [DS: My commentary]

Despite what USA Today wrote, I wanted you to know that the book is not about me! (or it probably would be a yawn!)‚Ķ.nor is it an anti-war expose. It is about a battalion of incredibly brave US soldiers, and the families who support them stateside. I could certainly take the heat if you had criticism for me—but these soldiers and their families are true heroes.
Best,
Martha

In a later e-mail, Martha Raddatz added this:

These soldiers are just incredible and I am so proud to tell their story. PS—i never stay in the green zone when I am in iraq! I am always with the troops.

Background on Martha Raddatz from the Media Research Center.
The other book person I heard from was the publicist for Richard North Patterson’s “Exile: A Novel.” He felt I was unfair, and says that the book is not unfair to Israel, but rather, it is balanced–that the book engages in “fairness” a/k/a moral equivalency of Palestinian terrorists. As if that makes it so much better.
Still, the publicist asked me to review the book, and based on what I’ve read thus far, I’m not impressed. If anything, the book is worse than I surmised. It’s dedicated in part to the Arab American Institute’s anti-Semitic, anti-American Jim Zogby, whom Patterson credits with giving him the idea and encouragement to write it. How comforting.
Will let you know when I’m done with this way-too-long book exactly what I think of it.

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5 Responses

Nice. I love this kind of engaging, tackling, and adjusting in the New Media!

Jeremiah on January 23, 2007 at 3:10 pm

Although Martha Raddatz (Putnam) seems to think, perhaps justly, that her book isn’t an ‘anti-War “expose”‘, all too often I’ve heard the MSM and by extension liberals try and use the troops and the idea of their hardships to try and demoralize the American people. You know the type. The ones who howl about the administration not letting them take pictures of flag-draped coffins.
Couldn’t you just picture turning on C-SPAN and-low and behold-there’s non other than Teddy Kennedy warming up on the Senate floor and behind him stands a huge 4X6 poster board with the cropped image of red, white, and blue, flag-draped coffins, as he give his daily rant consisting of denouncing the war in Iraq, calling it a “quagmire,” calling it “Bush’s Vietnam” while [exploiting]-I mean supporting-the troops but just not supporting their mission. Baaarrrfff…
Anyway, Martha Raddatz’s book may be just what she described to you and if that’s the case, kudos to Martha, but I just don’t trust her or the liberal media when they say things like, “…incredibly brave US soldiers, and the families who support them stateside.”
Too many times their idea of “incredibly brave soldiers” are those who are deserters or who go awol and then from a foreign country, usually Canada, decides to denounce the Commander and Chief and the Iraq war as an illegal and unjust War.
Or when they use phrases like “families who support them stateside,” all too often brings us the likes of Cindy Sheehan. The “mother” of all stateside support, in the MSM’s eye’s.
So be very, very careful when you decide to throw your proverbial support behind anyone in the MSM who says they are with the troops. Remember their idea of being “with the troops” is sabotaging their mission so they can then be brought home humiliated. Too hell with victory, just bring them home.

AndyB on January 23, 2007 at 3:59 pm

Any time I see either of the Zogby brothers on tv pontificating about how U.S. policies are unfair to the poor palestinians/hezbos/any arab/ fill in the blank, or how low Bush is in the polls, it’s an automatic channel change in disgust.

CarpeDiem on January 24, 2007 at 10:48 am

To Jeremiah and any others who doubt the comments Martha Raddatz has made about her book…I have read her book and my husband is one of the soldiers mentioned in her book. I can verify for her that this book is supportive of the soldiers and their families and we have all willingly been inteviewed for this book. Martha has been very supportive of the troops and has put herself in harms way more than once to get the true story and picture of war. I found it to be a very thorough and accurate description of the unrelenting bravery of our military, the hell our soldiers go through during combat, and the emotional strain that the families back home endure. The book is very well written and should appeal to a variety of audiences, both male and female. It is important for the American public to fully understand what going to war means for our military and its families, as well as the sacrifices that are made and Martha Raddatz has captured this impeccably in her book.

army wife on February 12, 2007 at 3:25 pm

To AndyB and any others who doubt the comments Martha Raddatz has made about her book…I have read her book and my husband is one of the soldiers mentioned in her book. I can verify for her that this book is supportive of the soldiers and their families and we have all willingly been inteviewed for this book. Martha has been very supportive of the troops and has put herself in harms way more than once to get the true story and picture of war. I found it to be a very thorough and accurate description of the unrelenting bravery of our military, the hell our soldiers go through during combat, and the emotional strain that the families back home endure. The book is very well written and should appeal to a variety of audiences, both male and female. It is important for the American public to fully understand what going to war means for our military and its families, as well as the sacrifices that are made and Martha Raddatz has captured this impeccably in her book.

army wife on February 12, 2007 at 3:27 pm

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