Reporting or distorting?

The NY Times lied and dishonored a fallen soldier in order to make their political statement about the war. Imagine if the Bush Administration had doctored and edited Casey’s last letter to Cindy Sheehan.

Just another example of the utter dishonesty of the left. It seems as though journalists just view themselves as propagandists first and reporters second. Truth is really the first casualty of war, except today those who purport to report the facts can't be trusted to do so honestly.

This is what the Times excerpted from Corporal Jeffrey Starr's letter home before he died:

Another member of the 1/5, Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr, rejected a $24,000 bonus to re-enlist. Corporal Starr believed strongly in the war, his father said, but was tired of the harsh life and nearness of death in Iraq. So he enrolled at Everett Community College near his parents' home in Snohomish, Wash., planning to study psychology after his enlistment ended in August.

But he died in a firefight in Ramadi on April 30 during his third tour in Iraq. He was 22.

Sifting through Corporal Starr's laptop computer after his death, his father found a letter to be delivered to the marine's girlfriend. ''I kind of predicted this,'' Corporal Starr wrote of his own death. ''A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances.'' michellemalkin

In a story about the 'Grim milestone' of Bush's failed war, the Times apparently cannot find any real examples of dead soldiers bad mouthing the war, so they have to invent it.

Here's what they left out:

"Obviously if you are reading this then I have died in Iraq. I kind of predicted this, that is why I'm writing this in November. A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances. 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." michellemalkin

And Cindy Sheehan still wants to know why her son died. Talk to the NY Times Cindy maybe they can explain it to you.

This 22 year old Corporal understands more about life, about what freedom means, and explains it more eloquently than all the journalists in the entire NY Times Building could ever do.

Family of dead Marine upset with N.Y. Times

Posted by Eric Simonson at November 6, 2005 3:49 AM