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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Major General Rick Lynch fisks NewYorkTimes' "fake news" story slamming the Pentagon for positive war coverage

Brooking no tolerance for letting fake news stories by the anti-war mainstream media stand, General Rick Lynch stood up to war critics who are politically assaulting the Bush Administration, particularly the Pentagon---over their prosecution of the Iraq War and public disclosures in the form of media releases related to it---and returned the war critics' assaults, with gusto and plain unadulterated facts.

Lynch fisked the MSM for their phony display of outrage and for reporting a "fake story" to give themselves justification for such outrage. We need more military officers and public figures to stand up to the false reportage by the mainstream media and political hack war critics. It's refreshing that more of them are now feeling free to speak up and out.

It's sad that they are having to fight a political war while they are hard at work fighting a worldwide war against extreme Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. But, from their accomplishments, we can see that they are up to the job.

More in excerpts below or here. There's also an article posted below this one about another brave person speaking truth to fiction about the war and justification for going to war in the first place.
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"Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch Turns Tables on Media"

"The American media is up in arms over reports that the Pentagon hired a public relations firm to write positive news stories about the Iraq war and get them printed in the Iraqi press.
But Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, spokesman for U.S. forces in Baghdad, isn't letting journalists get away with their phony display of outrage.

After the New York Times front-paged the "fake news" story Thursday under the headline: "U.S. Is Said to Pay to Plant Articles in Iraq Papers," Gen. Lynch defended the practice.
"We don't lie. We don't need to lie," he told reporters in Baghdad. "We do empower our operational commanders with the ability to inform the Iraqi public, but everything we do is based on fact, not based on fiction."

Sounds to us like Gen. Lynch was taking a none too subtle jab at the mainstream media's penchant for reporting - not just planted stories - but its own faked news reports. Perhaps the next time he's questioned about "planting" stories, he'll get even more specific, by reminding the military's accusers of their own sorry history. Beginning with:

• The New York Times - and the false reports the Old Gray Lady printed about PFC Jessica Lynch - courtesy of Jayson Blair.

• The Washington Post - which won a Pulitzer Prize for its series on Little Jimmy, the 8-year-old heroin addict - which the paper had to give back once star Post reporter Janet Cooke admitted she'd faked the whole story.

Perhaps at the next press briefing, Gen. Lynch could inquire as to whether the Tiffany network has yet discovered just who it was who forged President Bush's National Guard records - before Dan Rather committed professional suicide by putting them in the air....

In fact, the list of fake news stories reported by the mainstream press is so long it would make even Baghdad Bob blush. It's good to know that some in the military - like Gen. Lynch - aren't about to let the press' hypocrisy go unnoted...."

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