Thursday, August 11, 2005

Balls the size of church bells

No, not mine...I wouldn't know how to put my jeans on were that so! I'm talking about the Old Gray Hag, the New York Times. Try not to drink anything while reading this, or it will shoot from your nose when you laugh your tushie off:
Damien Cave's Sunday piece "Missing in Action: The War Heroes" opens (italics added): "One soldier fought off scores of elite Iraqi troops in a fierce defense of his outnumbered Army unit, saving dozens of American lives before he himself was killed. Another soldier helped lead a team that killed 27 insurgents who had ambushed her convoy. And then there was the marine who, after being shot, managed to tuck an enemy grenade under his stomach to save the men in his unit, dying in the process. Their names are Sgt. First Class Paul R. Smith, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester and Sgt. Rafael Peralta. If you have never heard of them, even in a week when more than 20 marines were killed in Iraq by insurgents, that might be because the military, the White House and the culture at large have not publicized their actions with the zeal that was lavished on the heroes of World War I and World War II."
That's right. The NYT blames Bush for not trumpeting the good news from Iraq! As Professor Cori Dauber properly notes, the "culture at large" comment was an out for a namless, faceless entity...after all, they couldn't say "us" or "the MSM", could they? She also notes that a search of the NYT's own web site won't turn up a hit on the names of the soliders. In other words, they're griping that the President hasn't lauded the bravery or successes in the same way that the Times has also NOT lauded them!

Do as I say, not as I, Times? Talk about gall! That's almost as appalling as Ted Kennedy lecturing people on morality...almost, that is!