Friday, December 24, 2004

Soldier's question to Rumsfeld passes into right-wing folklore

Apparently, the myth of the embedded reporter getting a soldier to ask Donald ("Man, you guys are a bunch of whiners!") Rumsfeld the question about their lack of proper armor is now a undeniable part of right-wing folklore. In today's National Post (Canada's version of the Wall Street Journal, but without handguns), writer Kelly McParland signs on to the fairy tale:

"When he was asked on a stop in Iraq why soldiers had to scrounge for armour to protect their vehicles, he fired off a cursory, dismissive response. The question, it turned out, had been planted by a reporter and wasn't really the sign of grumbling among the troops much of the media portrayed it as."

As I've already pointed out in an earlier post (because, unlike National Post writers, I actually like to get my facts straight), the question came directly from the soldier. But hey, it's not like the right wing to let, you know, facts get in the way of a good story.

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