On CBS “Sunday Morning”, the aunt of an American soldier who died in Afghanistan on the same day as Michael Jackson, spoke out about the disparity between the coverage of Jackson and the coverage of what’s happening in Iraq and Afghanistan. With intense emotion and images of her nephew as a toddler, a soldier, and at his burial, Martha Gills said, “My 24-year-old nephew Brian Bradshaw was killed by an IED in Afghanistan on June 25. But you’d never have known it from the national media. I cannot tell you how that silence added to the pain of losing this bright, funny, thoughtful young man.” Gillis had spoken out to the print and online media last weekend. The story was on Fox News the morning of the Jackson funeral and Gillis was a guest on FNC on Wednesday.
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In the Washington Post Sunday, the aunt of a solider killed in Afghanistan on the same day as Michael Jackson decried the lack of TV news coverage for the soldiers as the media went in to overdrive on the Jackson story.
Gillis’ nephew, Lt. Brian Bradshaw was killed after an IED exploded near his vehicle in Kheyl, Afganistan. Bradshaw’s mother, Mary says the nonstop coverage of Jackson’s death has become “totally ridiculous.”
“I can watch the news many nights and there’s no mention of what’s going on in Afghanistan or Iraq and there’s boys dying over there,” Bradshaw told FOXNews.com. “Oh God, I can’t talk.”