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May 17, 2010

"Sometimes his remarks have been plainly untrue..."

NYT Breaking News Alert;

Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat who is running for the United States Senate from Connecticut, never served in Vietnam, despite statements to the contrary. The Times has found that he obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war.

Yes, the same New York Times that so studiously avoided the "swift boat" controversy that dogged John Kerry. What gives? Suppose this might be a "teaching moment"?

Posted by Kate at May 17, 2010 9:46 PM
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Oh, so NOW that they realize they can't stay in business catering to the left, they decide to start reporting WITHOUT bias? Too late for that (fools).

Posted by: Aizlynne at May 17, 2010 10:00 PM

Isn't it a criminal offense to misrepresent your military record, in the US?

Posted by: dp at May 17, 2010 10:01 PM

So it's a sacrificial Blumenthal is it....Oh look...something seedy!

Syncro

Posted by: syncrodox at May 17, 2010 10:48 PM

Another lib/leftist wanting to wrap himself in the mantle of the tortured self sacrificing veteran in the clutches of the military machine - where have i heard this one before. Sad when they let their fantasies project into the real world - and really embarrassing when they get found out.

Posted by: Agent Smith at May 18, 2010 12:03 AM

The NYT doesn't practice journalism, gets mocked at SDA.

The NYT DOES practice journalism, gets mocked at SDA.

Why do you even bother, Kate? Just put up an ad under your picture of Cliffy the Kid Killer that says "It doesn't matter what they do, I'll shit on them..."

Posted by: djb at May 18, 2010 12:22 AM

djb:

I think the point is that the NYT chooses when to report the facts for reasons of its choosing - not whether they are "fit to print" to use its own motto.

It is a corrupt organization - purporting be one thing and being almost the antithesis of that thing in practice.

Posted by: Gord Tulk at May 18, 2010 12:30 AM

djb

keyword: journalism.

Syncro

Posted by: syncrodox at May 18, 2010 12:35 AM

"...delivering his angry statement on the oil spill in the Rose Garden." Wow, I didn't know there was an oil spill in the Rose Garden too.

Posted by: kelly at May 18, 2010 12:48 AM

Yes, the same New York Times that so studiously avoided the "swift boat" controversy that dogged John Kerry. What gives? Suppose this might be a "teaching moment"?

Teaching moment, yes.
The lesson is that the NYT can be trusted to be unbiased.

Is that true?
No.
Unfortunately, the people who will defend the NYT as an unbiased media source only need a single example to demonstrate that their position is true.

This is only one guy, Blumenthal.
The NYT needs to recoup some of their credibility now, to help staunch the predicted bloodbath in November.

Blumenthal is just the scapegoat being sacrificed now for a greater cause later this November.

It's damage control and it's going to work with many independent voters.
People are easily confused these days and independents are confused people or they wouldn't be independents to begin with.

Posted by: Oz at May 18, 2010 1:39 AM

Well, he apparently helped organize a Toys for Tots drive, or at least his Marine Reserve unit did.

Reminds me of Reagan, liberating concentration camps from his deployment at Universal Studios.

Call him a Bush/Cheney democrat

Posted by: dizzy at May 18, 2010 2:10 AM

The information was available to anyone willing to do a little investigative work. It would certainly have come out eventually, possibly late in the campaign in an ad put out by political opponents.

So, the Slimes just got out in front and did a little "cancer treatment" journalism. If Blumenthal can hold his polling advantage for a few weeks, a very nasty problem has essentially been eliminated -- the Slimes has saved his candidacy with a very timely surgical procedure.

But, if his polling dives and it becomes apparent he is a liability to Democrat hopes, then the Slimes' surgery has killed the patient in a very timely fashion -- early enough that a viable replacement can be anointed with minimal damage to Democrat prospects.

Posted by: Levans at May 18, 2010 7:56 AM

good summary . .

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/05/blumenthal-responds-to-vietnam-allegations/56867/

Posted by: Fred at May 18, 2010 9:31 AM

I had never heard of this guy until Kate posted the links and I'm still trying to figure what her point is.

But this is the video you want to see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3KgsgRfjhQ

"... since the days that I served in Vietnam... "

Posted by: August1991 at May 18, 2010 9:43 AM

Do you have any links where Reagan claimed combat service in WW2, dizzy? Sorry, but leftist exaggeration pretending that Reagan acted as if he had had combat service isn't the same as fact.

And anyway maybe you're thinking about Obama claiming his typical white great uncle had liberated Auschwitz, because that's the only concentration camp name the historically-illiterate Obama could name, when it was actually liberated by the Soviets, you know, with Poland not being on the Western Front and all, thus proving geography isn't exactly the One's strong suit either. (He also called his great uncle just an 'uncle' too, so he didn't even know his own family's history.)

Here's Reagan's military service history--he was a volunteer from 1937 and not a draftee and he was excluded from all overseas service because of eyesight problems.
http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/reference/military.html

Posted by: andycanuck at May 18, 2010 10:23 AM

New York universities had a policy during Vietnam that if you could bite your finger, you would pass. Its almost impossible to find a New York City intellectual who went to school in that era and -didn't- scam the deferment system. It was the done thing.

New York City generally has a "what's in it for me?" culture that encourages and rewards scam artists and scumbags. All you have to do is drive around down there for a couple hours to know it.

Disgusting, horrible place. Glad to be the hell out of there.

Posted by: The Phantom at May 18, 2010 12:19 PM

// Do you have any links where Reagan claimed combat service in WW2, dizzy?
Sorry, but leftist exaggeration pretending that Reagan acted as if he had had combat service isn't the same as fact. //

The first source that came up is hardly left-wing

To be fair, Lew Rockwell doesn't say that Reagan lied.
" The degree to which Reagan is out of touch with reality was best demonstrated in his concentration camp story. [...] "

Posted by: dizzy at May 18, 2010 12:39 PM

“On a few occasions I have misspoken about my service, and I regret that and I take full responsibility,” Mr. Blumenthal said at a news conference Tuesday at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in West Hartford, “but I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service to our country.”

I don't think we're is impugning his record of service. I think we're impugning his honesty.

Posted by: rabbit at May 18, 2010 6:28 PM

Say dizzy, are you from New York?

Posted by: The Phantom at May 18, 2010 8:56 PM

// Say dizzy, are you from New York? //

Haven't been there in months.

Posted by: dizzy at May 18, 2010 9:57 PM

To John Wayne's lasting regret/shame he never served in the military. Several times he bucked the system and volunteered---once deferred personally by telephone by none other than General George Marshall, Chief of Staff, directing him to stay the course in Hollywood..that his contribution there to the war effort and War Bond sales exceeded any formal service.
This Blumenthal is a weasel like John Kerry.....

To quote Shakespeare...from Henry V....
"And many men, today safe asleep in England, will rue the day, that they were not among our number this day, Crispin Crispian's day.
From now to the end of the world......"

....from memory....a thousand pardons for any misquote....

Posted by: sasquatch at May 18, 2010 10:03 PM

sasquatch

To die in valour beats living in squalor.

Syncro

Posted by: syncrodox at May 18, 2010 11:43 PM

Now is the time at SDA when we juxtapose!

http://www.taylormarsh.com/2010/05/18/blumenthal-i-will-not-allow-anyone-to-take-a-few-of-those-misplaced-words-and-impugn-my-record-of-service/

Blumenthal: ‘I will not allow anyone to take a few of those misplaced words and impugn my record of service.’

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/18/AR2010051803094.html?hpid=topnews

North Korea for the first time directly denied that it was involved in the Cheonan's sinking. "We will not tolerate the confrontations and warmongering schemes of the puppet regime of South Korea," said Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.

Posted by: DennisC at May 19, 2010 12:07 AM
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