Reprimand Fox News for Carelessly Endangering Navy SEAL


Target: John Moody, Executive Vice President and Executive Editor Fox News

Goal: Condemn Fox News executives for releasing name of Navy SEAL who helped kill Osama Bin Laden

After the Bin Laden raid was over, many questions about the people who executed the raid were in the air. Once the Obama Administration had released information on the name of the elite team who carried out the raid that killed Bin Laden, Fox News thought it would skip two steps further and release an individual name. By doing this, Fox put a target on the SEAL’s back and responded carelessly to doing it. Condemn Fox News for being careless with this person’s safety.

Navy SEALs put their lives on the line to bring safety to the United States just as many in the line of duty do. So why would they not deserve even an ounce of protection in return? When the book “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden,” was published, Mark Owen seemed to be its author. This was not good enough for Fox, who instead of respecting Owen’s privacy, threw him under the bus the second they had the chance. Matthew Bissonette, the author’s real name, could easily be targeted by anybody because of this leak. Although producer and correspondent at Fox, Justin Fishel, previously stated that it was a necessity to keep the names of SEAL Team 6 members private when information of the raid leaked, Fox went on to release the identity of a member of the team.

Even worse, after its decision to release this critical information, a statement was made by John Moody. “Once you write a book, anonymously or not, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy.” No remorse was shown whatsoever regarding the company’s decision to put a man’s life at risk.

By signing this petition you are delivering a message to Fox News that putting a man’s life on the line for a good headline is irresponsible and wrong. An understanding must be made that the safety of another life must come before a story.


Dear John Moody,

I am more than disappointed with your decision to out Navy SEAL Team 6 member Matthew Bissonette. By releasing this information you put Bissonette’s life in danger and did not show an ounce of remorse for doing it.

I am surprised by your lack of sympathy for a man’s safety who risked his life to bring down a terrorist. Regardless of his decision to let the public know his experience, he deserves the right to protect his identity should he choose. I felt as though your response to releasing his information was very careless and that did not take the actions of your network seriously.

In the future I truly hope you are more respectful and concerned for the safety of people who you discuss, or are considering discussing, on your show.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: U.S. Navy via Wikipedia

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