While nation mourned loss of a Navy SEAL, all some news media could talk about was his grandfather

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A grandson should not be made to bear the sins of the grandfather.

Yet that’s exactly what media outlets are doing in their reportage of the tragic loss of a Navy SEAL at the hands of Islamic State terrorists.

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that Phoenix, Arizona native Charlie Keating IV was killed after sustaining a direct hit north of Mosul in Iraq.

In addition to being a hero whose loss the nation mourns, Keating was also the grandson of the late banker and real estate developer who triggered the savings and loan crisis in the late 1980s.

NBC News didn’t want its readers to miss this fact, It’s banner headline said, “Charlie Keating IV, Grandson of Notorious Banker, Identified as Navy SEAL Killed by ISIS.”

And just in case you happened to gloss over the headline, their lede — the first sentence of the story — hammered it home:

“The U.S. Navy SEAL killed by direct fire during an ISIS-led siege in Iraq was identified Tuesday as Charlie Keating IV, a Phoenix high school graduate — and grandson of the banker who came to symbolize America’s savings and loan crisis of the 1980s.”

Arizona’s governor was kinder in his remarks.

“Our state and nation are in mourning today over the loss of a U.S. serviceman — and one of America’s finest,” Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement, who also ordered flags at half-mast.

“His death is a tragic reminder of the daily sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform — fighting evil and extremism on the front lines to protect freedom and democracy at home and throughout the world.”

After NBC covered the more sordid details, it reported:

Keating IV, 31, had been advising and assisting Kurdish Peshmerga forces north of Mosul on Tuesday when he was struck, officials said earlier, without naming the Navy SEAL.

Keating IV’s death near Iraq’s second-largest city occurred as ISIS fighters conducted a large-scale attack with truck bombs and small arms — an offensive highlighting how dangerous the operation remains to root out the terror group from the country. Three Peshmerga soldiers were also killed.

Keating IV was based in Coronado, California, outside San Diego, according to Ducey. His fiancée also lived in Coronado, reported The San Diego Union-Tribune.

 

Keating was also a star athlete in high school, and later on at Indiana University, which he attended from 2004 to 2006.

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Watch his former high school coach recount his memories of Keating, via NBC News.

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