Claim: Martin Savidge of CNN interviews four selfless American marines serving in Iraq, offering them the chance to make phone calls home.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
CNN live interview with Martin Savidge on Sunday, 30 March 2003:
Martin Savidge of CNN, embedded with the 1st Marine battalion,
He turned to the four and said he had cleared it with their commanders and they could use his video phone to call home. None of these Marines had been able to talk with their families for many weeks. The
Savidge recovered after a few seconds and turned back to the three young Marines still sitting with him. He asked which one of them would like to call home first? The Marine closest to him responded with out a moments hesitation, “Sir, if is all the same to you we would like to call the parents of a buddy of ours. Lance Cpl Brian Buesing of Cedar Key, Florida, who was killed on the 23rd of March near Nasiriya. We would like to see how his folks are doing and let them know their son died bravely.”
At that Martin Savidge totally broke down and was unable to speak. All he could get out before signing off was, “Where do they get young men like this?”
Origins: Yes, Martin Savidge is a CNN correspondent currently embedded with the U.S.
CNN confirmed the falsity of this item:
Thank you for your interest in CNN’s reporting. Martin Savidge, who is embedded with the
Although this piece is fiction, one part of it
The piece is turning up in inboxes everywhere because it captures the essence of what we most want to believe about the young Americans now serving in Iraq, that they are heroically selfless. And on this we cannot help but agree.
Last updated: 6 March 2007