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Our View: False letter on Bush draft should not have appeared
Duluth News-Tribune ^ | 10/6/04 | editorial staff

Posted on 10/06/2004 7:55:45 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg

A letter that appeared in Tuesday's News Tribune suggested that the Bush administration was behind an attempt to reinstate the draft. As evidence, the writer cited by number two bills in the Senate and House and urged readers to write their representatives opposing them.

In fact, there are no Republican-sponsored bills concerning the draft, and the two measures requiring conscription of all young adults, rich and poor, were sponsored by Democrats in early 2003 as a tactic against the then-impending war. Specifically, co-sponsor Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington wrote: "If we need to reinstate the draft in order to make the administration consider the chilling consequences of war, so be it."

That political explanation notwithstanding, the rumor of a GOP draft has gathered steam over the past two years, manifesting itself in a letter bouncing around the Internet on sites such as the St. Louis Rams message board, socialistworkers. org, aljazeerah.com and most appropriately, urbanlegends. com and the news group alt. usa.kooks. Portions of that letter were lifted without attribution in the letter by Roger Parsons of Duluth that appeared in the News Tribune.

Though prior to publication Parsons assured the newspaper's letters verifier that he indeed had written the letter, and that it had been submitted only to the News Tribune, that was not true and we regret our part in disseminating false information. An apology is due to the Bush administration and to our readers -- including several who alerted us of the fraud -- and we hereby humbly extend one.

Reached by the newspaper Tuesday, Parsons also apologized and immediately sent the letter that appears on this page. While we accept his apology, it is the last writing of his that will be published by the paper for the foreseeable future.


TOPICS: Editorial; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: bushdraft; draft; killian; misinformation; rathergate
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I'm shocked. Pleasantly surprised, but shocked nonetheless.
1 posted on 10/06/2004 7:55:45 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg
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To: Colonel_Flagg

And if CBS had taken the same position a few weeks ago they might not be in the meltdown they're in.


2 posted on 10/06/2004 7:58:54 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("We're gonna win, Twins, we're gonna score .. We're gonna win, Twins, watch that baseball soar!")
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Once again, however, the media proves it is incompetent in checking simple facts...
3 posted on 10/06/2004 7:59:41 AM PDT by atomicpossum (If there are two Americas, John Edwards isn't qualified to lead either of them.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

"While we accept his apology, it is the last writing of his that will be published by the paper for the foreseeable future."


No more "letters to the editor" from Roger!


4 posted on 10/06/2004 7:59:58 AM PDT by Maria S
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To: Colonel_Flagg

More Democratic dirty tricks.


5 posted on 10/06/2004 8:00:04 AM PDT by Brilliant
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"Portions of that letter were lifted without attribution in the letter by Roger Parsons of Duluth that appeared in the News Tribune. "

Typical democrat. (Just my opinion, of course.)

6 posted on 10/06/2004 8:00:13 AM PDT by BenLurkin (We have low inflation and and low unemployment.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Too little, too late. The damage is already done, because The Sheep believe the draft's coming back - The Media said so.


7 posted on 10/06/2004 8:04:42 AM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: atomicpossum
Once again, however, the media proves it is incompetent in checking simple facts...

I often write letters to the editor. Sometimes they are even published! Once though I get an email from the editor of the editorial/letters page telling me that they would not publish my letter because it was based on false information. The letter was about taxes, taxation, and how we are still paying a tax on our telephones instituted to help pay for the Spanish/American war.

They editor wrote that Clinton had signed a bill repealing that tax. I wrote him back that he was wrong and that Clinton vetoed the bill. He wrote back contending I was wrong. I then, through the power of FR, found multiple articles on Clinton vetoing the bill and forwarded him links to the original sources.

Upon seeing these he admitted he was wrong and that my letter would run.

8 posted on 10/06/2004 8:06:00 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: Old Sarge

Mornin', Sarge .. you know I think the world of you, but I hope you're wrong :)


9 posted on 10/06/2004 8:06:36 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("We're gonna win, Twins, we're gonna score .. We're gonna win, Twins, watch that baseball soar!")
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Colonel, I'd like nothing better than to be shown a better picture of the American Sheep.

But I've seen. read, and beheld too much to hold out hope.

I do not have any confidence that The Sheep will make an intelligent decision for the future of our nation.


10 posted on 10/06/2004 8:15:30 AM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Come on, guys, this is great. A major local newspaper has been burned and won't let it happen again. Editors rarely fact-check letters to the editor. This also shows that our efforts have been effective in getting the newspapers to do better. This paper would never have issued this statement if it had not been for conservaives pounding them. We have to keep it up!


11 posted on 10/06/2004 8:19:56 AM PDT by Dems_R_Losers (Proud to be a Reagan Alumna!)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Who instituted the draft in 1940? DEMOCRATS.
Who ended it in 1970? REPUBLICANS.

Today the House will vote on a Democratic bill to reinstate the draft. President Bush and Republicans oppose a draft and seek defeat of this bill. Sen. Kerry and Sen. Edwards wrongly claim it is Republicans who support this, yet it is John Kerry who said he may be open to a draft. Below is more information about this bill, who sponsored it, what Sen. Kerry and Sen. Edwards are saying as well as the truth about President Bush's position regarding it. We need you to call talk radio shows and write letters to the editor. Let people know that it is not Republicans who support this bill, it is the Democrats.

Democrats Push Draft in Congress
President Bush Opposes Draft And Republicans Seek Certain Defeat Of Bill

Just Who is Proposing a Draft?

Democrat Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) Introduced The "Universal National Service Act Of 2003" To Reinstate Military Draft. "A BILL To provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes." (H.R. 163, Introduced 1/7/03 By Rep. Charles Rangel)

Today, House Of Representatives Will Vote On Rangel's Proposal, Which House Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) Vows Will Receive "Very Little Congressional Support." "Later today, the House of Representatives will debate and vote on H.R. 163, the Universal National Service Act - commonly known as the Reinstate the Draft Bill. There is very little Congressional support for reinstating the draft." (House Armed Services Committee, "House To Vote On And Reject Military Draft Bill," Press Release, 10/5/04)
Democrat Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC) Has Introduced Identical Military Draft Legislation. "A BILL To provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes." (S. 89, Introduced 1/7/03 By Sen. Ernest Hollings)

Kerry and Edwards Claim It's Republicans Who Want Draft, But Kerry Is Open to Draft

Kerry Raised Possibility Draft Is Returning Under Bush. "Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, citing the war in Iraq and other trouble spots in the world, raised the possibility Wednesday that a military draft could be reinstated if voters re-elect President Bush. ... Answering a question about the draft that had been posed at a forum with voters, Kerry said: 'If George Bush were to be re-elected, given the way he has gone about this war and given his avoidance of responsibility in North Korea and Iran and other places, is it possible? I can't tell you.'" (Mary Dalrymple, "Kerry Raises Possibility That Military Draft Could Return If Bush Is Re-Elected," The Associated Press, 9/22/04)

Edwards Hinted Draft Would Return Under President Bush. "Edwards drew his biggest applause from the audience, which was heavy on union members and laid-off workers, when he responded to a question from a woman who said that her 23-year-old son recently graduated from college, and that she is worried about a draft being instituted for the war in Iraq. 'There will be no draft when John Kerry is president,' Edwards said, to applause and a standing ovation." (Jim VandeHei, "Kerry Accuses Bush Of Dishonesty On Iraq," The Washington Post, 9/16/04)

Yet Kerry Told Reporter That If Large Mobilization Is Needed, Draft Is "Only Fair Way To Do It." REPORTER: "Senator, some in your party have called for reinstating the draft. Do you think that is a good idea?" KERRY: "Not at this moment. I don't. If we had a need for a general mobilization at some time in the future, then I think that's the only fair way to do it." (WLVI's "Keller At Large," Interview Taped 12/2/03, Aired 9/26/04)

Administration Has Been Clear: President Bush Opposes Draft

Secretary Rumsfeld Called Allegations "Absolute Nonsense." "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld heatedly denied yesterday that the military plans to bring back the draft and boost reserves and National Guard callups after the November election. 'That is absolute nonsense,' Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee. 'It's absolutely false that anyone in this administration is considering reinstituting the draft.'" (Richard Sisk, "No Draft, No Extra Troops - Rummy," [New York] Daily News, 9/24/04)

Vice President Cheney Said Rumors Were "Hogwash." "And the notion that somebody's peddling out there that there is a secret plan to reinstitute the draft, hogwash, not true." (NBC's "Nightly News," 9/29/04)

President Bush: "We Don't Need The Draft." "No, we're not going - we don't need the draft. Look, the all-volunteer Army is working. ... I know Senator McCain and I agree on this issue for certain, the all-volunteer Army works." (President George W. Bush, Remarks At Okaloosa-Walton College, Niceville, FL, 8/10/04)

Blog about it here.


12 posted on 10/06/2004 8:22:15 AM PDT by 2ThumbsUp
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Reached by the newspaper Tuesday, Parsons also apologized and immediately sent the letter that appears on this page. While we accept his apology, it is the last writing of his that will be published by the paper for the foreseeable future.

I am the Mainstream Press, I see no reason to appologize for pushing fake documents.

/sarcasm off

13 posted on 10/06/2004 8:23:24 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: Colonel_Flagg

A willing media now makes it possible for one party to take overt, deliberate action and blame it on the other party. Not only is the media willing to stand idly by while this happens, but it will affirmatively conceal the truth. Repudiations such as the one above are, unfortunately, the exception rather than the rule.


14 posted on 10/06/2004 8:25:25 AM PDT by Spok
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To: atomicpossum

This is incompetent and could be stopped if they just checked facts and did not let their liberal ideology influence them to the point where they hope certain news is true. Still, however a forthright retraction and apology, one that is as big as this one and not tucked away on page A-23, in one line, like the Ny Slimes does, is responsible journalism.


15 posted on 10/06/2004 8:29:21 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (I am poster #48)
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Yea, they push the DEMOCRAT SPONSORED draft bill issue, and try to imply that Bush will impose the draft.

I wrote a story on this a couple weeks ago in relation to dnCBS' fraudulent reporting.

http://www.nodnc.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=14&mode=nested&order=1&thold=0

For MANY other stories and proof of DNC vote fraud and corruption, please see,

http://www.noDNC.com


16 posted on 10/06/2004 8:33:02 AM PDT by woodb01 (Take out the 'dnC'BS "news" trash... SEE ---> http://www.noDNC.com)
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To: Colonel_Flagg; BenLurkin; Old Sarge

Would every Freeper please make sure that a copy of this article makes it into the hands of their local editors and talk radio hosts?

At the bottom of the Duluth News Tribune article there is an option to "email this". Please use that link to get the retraction to your local media outlets (also posted here).

http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthtribune/news/opinion/9847845.htm?template=contentModules/emailstory.jsp


17 posted on 10/06/2004 8:36:14 AM PDT by TaxRelief
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In fact, there are no Republican-sponsored bills concerning the draft, and the two measures requiring conscription of all young adults, rich and poor, were sponsored by Democrats

Truth doesn't matter to Dems. The purpose has been served already by the lie. They most likely have succeeded in convincing a large percentage of the idiots out there that it's the evil Republicans.......... so, more likely college aged, shallow thinking kids will vote for Kerry.

Big/liberal/commie/Dem media will never tell the truth, and because of it there is great trouble ahead.

Look how the huge majority of the media avoids telling the story of growing signs of Dem. voter fraud in registering voters. There is great trouble ahead! Bush will have to have about an actual 10 point lead to win this election.

Man the polls!

18 posted on 10/06/2004 8:47:23 AM PDT by beyond the sea (ab9usa4uandme)
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The 2003 Dem Draft bill was sponsored by none other than Gentleman Jim McDermott. This is the same Jim McDermott who illegally had Republican John Boehner's cellphone call intercepted by a Dem activist. He is the same one who lists himself on a Socialist website. The same one who went to Iraq to kiss Saddam's ass on the very eve of the War. What do you expect from a pig but an oink. Leftist America hater at all times.


19 posted on 10/06/2004 9:15:18 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: Colonel_Flagg
An apology is due to the Bush administration and to our readers -- including several who alerted us of the fraud -- and we hereby humbly extend one.

See how easy it is, Dan? It won't make your tongue burn with fire, or make your head explode, or anything like that. In fact, you'll probably feel a whole lot better knowing that you've put it all behind you....

20 posted on 10/06/2004 9:16:44 AM PDT by steve-b (I put sentences together suspiciously well for a righty blogger.)
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