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Last week, I wrote about a report in The Intercept that stated Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL and author of American Sniper, misrepresented his service record, claiming more awards than he earned.
Judging by the reaction on Facebook, you’d have thought I kidnapped his children and was holding them hostage in exchange for the release of prisoners from Guantanamo.
(Which, for the record, I did not do.)
Well, Facebook commenters apparently aren’t the only ones who are hot. Former Texas governor Rick Perry took to Fox News to pen a savage op-ed blasting anyone who had the gall to question Kyle.
Here’s some of Perry’s heat.
The most recent snake to peek its head up from the muck is a writing team for a leftwing publication whose only knowledge of the military was likely acquired while Googling derogatory slogans to scrawl on protest signs.
In a stunning display of inadequate research, slanted interpretation of valid data and some overly dramatic language, The Intercept, little more than a click-hungry website, took aim at the reputation of a bona fide American hero. Unfortunately, more mainstream publications lofted their accusations into the national consciousness with little thought.
We, BroBible, are a click hungry website. The Intercept is a website founded by some of the preeminent journalists of our time, including Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill, and they have done tremendous work there, especially in revealing how the American drone program operates.
(You should read that.)
But. Go on, Mr. Perry.
The guiding premise of the article was that Chris Kyle, known to a grateful nation as its best-ever sniper in multiple combat zones, was a liar. The writer’s assertion is that Kyle laid claim to more medals than the military had awarded him for his valor in combat.
If there is any inaccuracy in Kyle’s account it’s that he didn’t take ENOUGH credit for his awards.
Oh. I had no idea Perry was intimately familiar with Kyle’s classified service records. More so even than the journalists who researched it.
(For the record, I do not doubt that Kyle did thousands upon thousands of great things in his time serving this country. It is not wrong to also note that if a person writes a fantastically popular tell-all memoir about his clandestine work in one of the costliest wars in U.S. history, discerning whether he was telling the truth in it is important.)
Regardless, fuck it, this is all Obama’s fault.
This article is part of a disturbing trend in the left-leaning press to undermine the heroism of men and women who are willing to risk their lives in the defense of our nation’s freedom.
My good friend, Marcus Luttrell, known to many as the Lone Survivor for his experiences on a hilltop in Afghanistan, has also been a target of similarly unscrupulous reporting.
[Perry would be referring to this Newsweek piece that claims Luttrell, among other things, never fired his weapon during the events of Lone Survivor]
For Viet Nam-era veterans, this casually gleeful character assassination is an unpleasant reminder of a time when our military was attacked and undermined by critics on the left.
Perhaps it’s a byproduct of nearly eight years of an arch-liberal in the Oval Office combined with an American population increasingly disconnected from the men and women who serve in the military.
Perhaps it is. Perhaps it is.
OBAMA! OOOOH. Say it again.
Perry goes on to demand the article’s retraction.
I am calling on people of conscience to join me in calling for the retraction and deletion of the offending article and reprimand of the Navy personnel who have fed this misperception with their lackadaisical handling of the original information request.
This request might seem odd from someone who is committed to the constitutional freedoms our military fights to defend, but freedom of speech and deliberate libel are two entirely different things.
To honor the memory of an American hero, the latter cannot be tolerated.
[Via Fox News]