02. November 2005 · Comments Off on Others Have Died For My Freedom, Now This Is My Mark. · Categories: Media Matters Not

In an extended post, Michelle Malkin rakes the NYTimes over the coals for their selective editing of Cpl. Jeffery Starr’s “read after death” letter to his girlfriend. The best excerpt is this email she recieved from reader Mark D:

All of this “we can’t print the whole letter” business is a farce. What the NY Times aplogists are missing is this: Those 11 words written by the deceased Cpl Starr are his thesis for the letter. And to exclude it is creative journalism at best, but most likely journalistic malpractice. This would be akin for modern day liberal historians to exclude Lou Gehrig’s famous “Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth” line from his famous speech, simply to make him appear as a weak and sympathetic figure. If space were an issue they could have simply reprinted those 11 words. Period.

Personally, I have a big problem with the very idea of whipping the 2000th KIA into a front-page story. I mean, why is the 2000th death of some greater significance than the 1999th?

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