February 26th, 2009
12:41 PM ET
6 years ago

Pentagon to allow media coverage of war victim coffins

Robert Gates announced the new policy Thursday.
Robert Gates announced the new policy Thursday.

(CNN) - The Pentagon on Thursday lifted its ban on media coverage of the coffins of war victims when they arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, according to a senior U.S. defense official with direct knowledge of the decision.

The coverage must be approved by families, however.

Sixty-seven percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday say they think the government should allow the public to see photos of caskets of U.S. troops at an air force base. Thirty-one percent of the those surveyed disagree with the decision to release photos of the event.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey was conducted February 18-19, with 1,046 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. Ellie

    THANK YOU GOD, our young men and women died in the "light" let them come home in the "light" with the LORD's prayer guiding them home to rest in peace.

    Thank you President Obama.

    February 26, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Jack

    Bad idea.

    A soldier.

    February 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. bob j

    its should be left up to the families of these brave americans we including the media should give them there space and respect there wishes my heart bleeds red white and blue for them

    February 26, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Simmy

    If they serve their country for me and mine, we want to be allowed to grieve with their families. When they die in service to the US, they are part of a national family. God bless everyone of you who serve, or have family serving. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice. I will continue to pray for you all.

    February 26, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. RZ

    It's about time. I'm heartened to know that the families of KIA have the choice in this matter. It should not be left to politicians in any way, shape or form. Although I did not not agree with the Iraq war I have always fully supported our troops and military in any action they are ordered to partake in. Without their sacrifice I would not be able to write in an open forum as I am know and enjoy the hard won freedoms we all have.

    February 26, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Lee W. in Raleigh, NC

    Media coverage with permission from the families is the best possible solution! Way to go new Administration.

    February 26, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Steve(the smart one)

    This is great news.

    February 26, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Baze

    I don't understand why this is necessary.

    February 26, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. James

    To all those who support ban on media coverage of the coffins of war victims:

    Why should there be a ban on media coverage only for the coffins of war victims? Why not a general ban on media coverage of all coffins?

    NO MORE COFFINS ON TELEVISION. NO MORE COFFIN PHOTOS ON NEWSPAPERS. IS THAT FAIR?

    February 26, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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