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McCain says more needs to be studied before banning ‘Don’t Ask Don’t tell’

 The Washington Post reported sunday that Senator John McCain wants a new report on the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy before reporting to President Obama about how the Defense Department could Lift the ban.

“Once we get this study, we need to have hearings. And we need to examine it. And we need to look at whether it’s the kind of study that we wanted,” McCain said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“It isn’t, in my view, because I wanted a study to determine the effects of the repeal on battle effectiveness and morale,” McCain said.

While the Washington Post did a great job of reporting the news and including background information about the policy and what other officials besides McCain think, there is a paragraph based on anonymous sources that got me raising my eyebrow.

A Pentagon study group is preparing a study due Dec. 1 to Obama that concludes the military can lift the ban on gays serving openly in uniform with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts, according to two sources familiar with the document who shared details last week with The Washington Post.

The November 11 article in the Post was reported heavily on those anonymous sources, but after reading the full article I don’t think it took much away from the credibility of the story because there were enough named sources and with facts to back up what the anonymous sources were saying.

I also want to applaud the Washington Post for not washing out the story with banter about his wifes recent flip flop in whether she agrees with the ban or not, unlike the New York Daily News.

The article headline suggest that it’s going to be an article about McCain’s recent interview on Meet the Press Sunday night, but the lede begins an article mostly about Mrs. McCain’s recent LGBT advocacy in the media.

His wife may have flip-flopped on the issue this week, but Sen. John McCain is standing firm on his opposition for lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military any time soon.

While I don’t think the NewYork Daily News executed the article well at all, I realize the the opinion of any politics spouse and immediate family may be relevant, especially if they’re as outspoken as Mrs. McCain.

The Washington Blade, a news source just for the LGBTQ community, did an excellent job on reporting the the process that the DADT policy has gone through, what McCain believes needs to happen, and then smoothly at the end of the article adds the bit about Mrs. McCain’s NOH8 campaign involvement.

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