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Thursday, November 03, 2005

NY Times reporter misrepresents letter of soldier who died in Iraq

Here's what the reporter left out:
I don't regret going, everybody dies but few get to do it for something as important as freedom. It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it's not to me. I'm here helping these people, so that they can live the way we live. Not have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators. To do what they want with their lives. To me that is why I died. Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark."
You can read more details of the misrepresentation documented by Michele Malkin here.

Malkin now has an email from the reporter to reader 'Michael'. The "reporter" doesn't really defend his misrepresentation, but resorts to the 'chickenhawk' insult:
Even the portion of his e-mail that I used, the one that you seem so offended by, does not express anti-war sentiment. It does express the fatalism that many soldiers and Marines seem to feel about multiple tours. Have you been to Iraq, Michael? Or to any other war, for that matter? If you have, you should know the anxiety and fear parents, spouses, and troops themselves feel when they deploy to war. And if you haven't, what right do you have to object when papers like The New York Times try to describe that anxiety and fear?
Stuck on stupid, could have been written by any particularly nasty leftie commentor on Kiwiblog.

Let's see:
  • The letter was written by an active-duty volunteer soldier who died in Iraq.
  • Important sections suggesting the soldier in question believed deeply in the mission in Iraq were intentionally omitted.
  • The final NY Times story was trying to portray a sense of fatalism exhibited by soldiers in Iraq, at odds with the full contents of the letter.
Once upon a time Communist regimes forced people to write and publish such distortions. Surviving Communist dictatorships North Korea and Cuba still have propaganda arms which publish such garbage. Now we get it voluntarily from leftie activists pretending to be journalists at very large for-profit media companies. Yippee. At least the NY Times readership is declining.

This time the entire farce was documented - but how many other quotes used by the NY Times et al have been completely distorted to support the political viewpoints of the "journalist" in question?

More from the Mudville Gazette.

UDPATE: Gooner's earlier post on this very same topic!

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 11/03/2005 12:30:00 pm


Blogger Gooner said...

Al, wanna link back to this?


11/03/2005 01:46:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

whoops! sorry. Can you yell my mind has been elsewhere the last couple of weeks?

11/03/2005 02:04:00 pm  
Blogger Gooner said...

I can when you spell tell with a 'y'.

11/03/2005 02:06:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Hey ALL! Don't it make you wanna spit?

11/03/2005 02:11:00 pm  
Blogger Gooner said...

At least it shows we think alike us SH'ites. Hey, there's a term the lefties can call us - shites!

11/03/2005 03:42:00 pm  
Blogger Chefen said...

SH'ite militia of the faithful right-wing online clone army?

11/04/2005 12:50:00 am  

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