Sunday, January 9, 2011

Just call me USSEnterpriseSis...

Maybe I haven't been looking hard enough [and it has been a few days since I've read up on my blogs], but I haven't seen a lot of commentary from my milspouse blogger friends about the "scandal" of Capt. Owen Honors' videos and his subsequent relief from his position as the captain of the Enterprise.  The man who puts the "sis" in my USNsis is aboard the Enterprise, so I've gotten to hear the other side of the story, coming from someone who works under Honors' command.

Understandably, I don't condone the use of hate speech, racial slurs, or any derogatory comments or behavior that is meant to put others down.  The media is leading us to believe that these videos contain this sort of material, and I'm not willing to agree with that claim.  I wasn't on that ship, I didn't work Honors' command, and I don't know the context of these videos.

I do know that the commentary coming from my brother and his fellow sailors tends to be in support of the captain, who has held this crew together throughout the ship's repair in Norfolk, and has since prepared them for their upcoming deployment.  My brother says that Honors is one of the best (and nicest) leaders he's seen out there, especially at that level.

Ultimately, I am disheartened and disappointed by this move by the media.  To bring these vides to light four years after the fact, right before they deploy, is just stupid and vindictive. Thanks, Virginia Pilot, for jeopardizing the morale and the safety of our sailors, just prior to their deployment. Thank you for putting them with a captain who hasn't built a rapport with his crew, just prior to a dangerous mission. I hope the welfare of my brother and his fellow sailors, let alone the career of a good man, was worth your headline. 

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Kara said...

I believe the media reports what they want to report. They twist things to make it look more scandalous or worse than it really is. I haven't kept up with the story, but I figure it was all done in fun and nothing bad was meant by it. It was also a few years ago, wasn't it? It must have been a slow news week. I truly pay the media very little attention because of all the crap they do.

Erin said...

Yeah, the videos back to 2006-2007. Who waited until now, just weeks before a deployment? An opportunist, no doubt!

Sespi said...

I wanted to comment, but didn't feel I know enough about the situation since I'm not actually in the military. I do know that when I actually saw the videos, I was surprised -- I had expected them to be much worse!

Chris and I agreed that he looked like he would be a fun officer to serve under and the timing of the video release is odd, but also that as such a high level officer, his behavior was inappropriate and unprofessional.

Erin said...

And I will agree with you on that one, Sespi, it probably wasn't the smartest thing to do as an officer.

Sarah said...

This is the reason why I am so turned off by the news. I just can't tell what is truth and what is exaggeration being blown out of proportion for ratings.