Former CNN.com Copy Editor Salutes The Unknown Soldiers

TomSileoTheUnknownSoldiers.jpgTom Sileo, who is spending his last day at CNN.com after four-and-a-half years as a copy editor for its CNN.com Live, started a blog called The Unknown Soldiers to lament about the lack of media attention toward troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The blog’s tag line: “This blog is about valiant U.S. troops who do their duty—largely without attention or fanfare—and how a nation at war cannot afford to stand idly by.”

Sileo helped to launch the first-of-its-kind, anchored broadband news service at CNN Center in Atlanta in December 2005, and he has also worked with Tribune Broadcasting in Washington, D.C.; WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, S.C.; WTVM-TV in Columbus, Ga.; the Associated Press; and WRC-TV in Washington.

Sileo’s latest entry, Why the troops need my help—and yours, starts off:

It is just after 1 a.m. on the East Coast and, in about 18 hours, I will no longer be a copy editor for CNN. Even though I should be thinking about my career, and even reminiscing about all I saw in the CNN.com newsroom these past four-and-a-half years, two thoughts keep penetrating my mind. It is just after 10:30 a.m. in Kabul, Afghanistan, and just after 9 a.m. in Baghdad, Iraq. Hopefully, all our troops made it through the night in one piece. Some are in critical life-and-death situations as I type and you read, while others are bored out of their minds, playing video games or updating their Facebook pages.

My question is: Why doesn’t anyone seem to care these days? Why is the media more worried about which alleged mistress is claiming to have had sex with Tiger Woods today than how many of our men and women are in harm’s way at this moment? This site will give you a glimpse into how newsrooms work and what the 21st century media is truly interested in, and hopefully help come up with sensible solutions for how to convince the press to help get America refocused on this critically important issue.