If the network newscasts spent as much time telling their audiences about the good things U.S. soldiers are doing for Iraqis as they spend on car bombings, body counts and contrived scandals, the public would have a completely different opinion about the war in Iraq.
Kudos, then to ABC World News for devoting a segment to other side of the
Reporter Barbara Pinto's spotlight on Kempen is a prime example of the power of positive storytelling. In his own words, Kempen told Pinto about a young girl he noticed one day in the streets of
Kempen took it upon himself to do just that. He challenged the citizens of Crandon, Wisconsin., a rural town near where he grew up, to finance a corneal transplant for the 7-year-old girl. As Pinto reported, Crandon grade schoolers and the local Lions Club raised money for little Zahraa, and a local clinic donated the surgery.
Pinto was in the small
Pinto's story deserves recognition not only for drawing attention to a community's efforts to do something extraordinary for a little girl, but also for shining a rare light on the charitable work of U.S. soldiers. There are many, many more stories like Sgt. Kempen's out there. Too bad the networks don't tell those tales more frequently.