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Wednesday, November 2, 2005


Congratulations James Dao of the New York Times. You're the winner of a Scuzzbag Award. Why did you win this award you might ask? Well to start with you work for the New York Times, a paper know for its bias and lies. But you've taken the Old Gray Lady to a new level - and I thought Jason Blair would never be surpassed.

Yes, James, for your smarmy distortion of a fallen hero's words you are a Scuzzbag in the truest, vilest sense of the word.

Readers, you may be asking what Mr. Dao did. Well, he selectively edited a letter from the late Corporal Jeffrey B. Starr, meant to be delivered to his girlfriend in the event of his death in Iraq. Here's what Mr. Dao reported:
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."
Here's what Corporal Starr really said:
"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."
Dao certainly left out a lot didn't he? But of course they New York Times can't report anything positive from Iraq, certainly not any stoic resolve or honor on the part of our troops. They've invested too much paper and ink in their anti-American, morale busting stance.

You can read the entire article here. You can email the New York Times ombudsman Barney Calame at public@nytimes.com, but be forewarned, they already have a stock answer defending themselves.

Michelle Malkin has a good round-up on the story here.


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