Nobody appreciates a good headline more than I do. However, at what point do we sacrifice good journalism for the parroting of information without thought or a headline without substance behind it?

A while back I wrote a response to the Daily Mail article that quoted me (“SEALs Slam Obama…”). If you read past the headline you would have seen that the SEALs quoted in the article were not “slamming” anyone, just sharing opinion and some of it supported the President with his record on Terrorism. A lot of people instantly lumped me into the Obama hater category (I’ve got my issues with Obama, but his foreign policy isn’t one of them) and Fox news came a-calling…

One of the main reasons I started SOFREP was to give a voice to the Special Operations community, bridge the understanding gap so-to-speak, and provide interpretation on current events from people who are experts…as opposed to some self-proclaimed expert who maybe did an embed and is now a combat journalist with the picture to prove it.

The Military, especially Special Operations, is often misrepresented by main stream media and I’d just had enough when I was working as an editor at and so SOFREP was born.

On to the topic at hand.

Everyone Fucks Up

I’ve done this plenty of times and it will not be the last, fortunately I have a great managing editor who keeps me grounded (most times). But it’s how you handle yourself in situations where you’ve stepped in a pile of dog crap that separate the men from the boys and the women from the girls.

So forgive me while I beat a dead horse and use the example of David Axe (and his parroting report on Korea) and a US Army General that spoke out of context.

Integrity Counts All Around

First the General: Shame on Tolley’s staff for not getting their facts straight and for apparently launching a counter strike of ungrounded statements with regards to Axe’s report.  This reflects poorly on the General and ultimately big Army. I’m a fan of exemplary leadership but it’s too late after the fact. Looks like the General is being re-assigned early.