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Tactical Blumenthal Omission
 by Gene Lyons


At first glance, it appeared that the New York Times had uncovered just such an impostor in Connecticut 
attorney general and Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Richard Blumenthal. In a potentially career-destroying 
front-page article, Times reporter Raymond Hernandez charged the candidate with repeatedly falsifying his 
military record to persuade audiences that he served in Vietnam, although he did not...

Six paragraphs later, following a description of Blumenthal's draft deferments and enlistment, Hernandez wrote 
that "at other times, he has used more ambiguous language, but the impression left on audiences can be similar."

For example, in Shelton, Conn., in 2008, he spoke of the poor reception given returning soldiers. 
"I served during the Vietnam era," Blumenthal said. "I remember the taunts, the insults, sometimes even physical abuse."

Right there my personal buncombe detector started beeping. 
So the second-strongest evidence is two sentences that are literally true?

I hold no brief for Connecticut's ambitious attorney general, but from long experience with the New York Times' methods, 
I wondered what they were leaving out. Quite a bit, as it turned out.

See, journalists can get hung out to dry for reporting demonstrably false information. See: Miller, Judith. 
But the art of tactical omission can turn a relatively understandable overstatement like Blumenthal's into an indictment. 
Almost the entire "Whitewater" hoax worked that way. Correct the errors and fill in the blanks, and the "scandal" evaporated.

But simply by not reporting even the most decisive exculpatory evidence, Times reporters sustained the world's 
longest political shaggy-dog story for years. Editors stonewalled; critics became enemies. Timid "mainstream" media 
followed like puppies. It's an old story.

Yes, the New York Whore Times has no credibility.
They worked for the Bush bastards for years, helping them lie us into those wars.

Like Tim Russert, they traded their souls for better acceess to the crooked bastards.
Now, the Old Grey Lady is just an aging whore that nobody wants to sex up.


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