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Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch Turns Tables on Media
Newsmax.com ^ | 12/03/05 | unknown

Posted on 12/03/2005 9:52:27 AM PST by beyond the sea

The American media is up in arms over reports that the Pentagon hired a public relations firm to write positive news stories about the Iraq war and get them printed in the Iraqi press.

But Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, spokesman for U.S. forces in Baghdad, isn't letting journalists get away with their phony display of outrage.

After the New York Times front-paged the "fake news" story Thursday under the headline: "U.S. Is Said to Pay to Plant Articles in Iraq Papers," Gen. Lynch defended the practice.

"We don't lie. We don't need to lie," he told reporters in Baghdad. "We do empower our operational commanders with the ability to inform the Iraqi public, but everything we do is based on fact, not based on fiction."

Sounds to us like Gen. Lynch was taking a none too subtle jab at the mainstream media's penchant for reporting - not just planted stories - but its own faked news reports.

Perhaps the next time he's questioned about "planting" stories, he'll get even more specific, by reminding the military's accusers of their own sorry history.

Beginning with:

• The New York Times - and the false reports the Old Gray Lady printed about PFC Jessica Lynch - courtesy of Jayson Blair.

• The Washington Post - which won a Pulitzer Prize for its series on Little Jimmy, the 8-year-old heroin addict - which the paper had to give back once star Post reporter Janet Cooke admitted she'd faked the whole story.

• CBS - Perhaps at the next press briefing, Gen. Lynch could inquire as to whether the Tiffany network has yet discovered just who it was who forged President Bush's National Guard records - before Dan Rather committed professional suicide by putting them in the air.

• NBC - Gen. Lynch might offer the Peacock network a hearty round of congratualtions for their relatively good conduct over the last decade. It's been more than 10 years since NBC aired video of an exploding GM truck gas tank - which was faked by their reporters.

In fact, the list of fake news stories reported by the mainstream press is so long it would make even Baghdad Bob blush.

It's good to know that some in the military - like Gen. Lynch - aren't about to let the press' hypocrisy go unnoted.


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"Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch Turns Tables on Media" --- now it's time to "lynch" some of these Democrats and others for turning on the war effort .......... after the proper trial, of course.
1 posted on 12/03/2005 9:52:28 AM PST by beyond the sea
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To: beyond the sea

"We do empower our operational commanders with the ability to inform the Iraqi public, but everything we do is based on fact, not based on fiction."

Hehehehe. Good one.


2 posted on 12/03/2005 9:53:32 AM PST by hsalaw
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To: beyond the sea

Why hasn't there been a full investigation regarding CBS and the forged documents. And why hasn't anyone been charged?


3 posted on 12/03/2005 9:54:53 AM PST by stocksthatgoup (Polls = Proof that when the MSM want your opinion it will give it to you.)
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To: hsalaw

Yes................ these things need to be seen and heard.


4 posted on 12/03/2005 9:56:59 AM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: stocksthatgoup

Apparently, CBS intends to make amends by putting the aging Perky one in the anchor chair.
That oughta finish them off.


5 posted on 12/03/2005 9:58:45 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: beyond the sea

The Establishment Media doesn't like the competition.

(Why Establishment Media and not MSM? Because the MSM does not represent the views of the true mainstream American, only those pinkos on the left and east coasts. Besides, "establishment" is one of the dirty words those 60's hippes used to throw at people who did not think their way. Throw it back at 'em.)


6 posted on 12/03/2005 9:59:59 AM PST by LA Conservative (Read The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam by Robert Spencer)
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To: stocksthatgoup
Why hasn't there been a full investigation regarding CBS and the forged documents. And why hasn't anyone been charged?

Don't you know....... they hired just another functionary, Dick Thornburgh ............. like the Rev. Danforth (WACO) and the sickos on the 9/11 Gorelick Wall Commission et al to salve over that little affair.

7 posted on 12/03/2005 10:01:01 AM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: LA Conservative
The old established/liberal/socialist media is America's most ruthless, relentless, and destructive enemy.

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8 posted on 12/03/2005 10:01:53 AM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: Lancey Howard
the aging Perky one

That little tart is NBC (I know you know that)

9 posted on 12/03/2005 10:03:03 AM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: beyond the sea

Unfortunately, I am still hearing that "the White House and Pentagon are checking into the legality and "ethics" of such newspaper reports".....

JUST when we think the good guys have gotten the message that they need to QUIT apologizing and agonizing over every perceived affront that the dems and MSM throw at them...

They start all over with this stupid story....and Sen. WARNER is the most to blame...

HE came out on the first day...before even finding out if it was true...and what the "truth" is...and said it was NOT GOOD!!! blech.


10 posted on 12/03/2005 10:03:59 AM PST by Txsleuth (9/11NEVER FORGET-NEVER SURRENDER, Sam Johnson, a REAL hero!)
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To: beyond the sea
...everything we do is based on fact...

Now the MSM reporters are confused. They don't know what a "fact" is.

11 posted on 12/03/2005 10:04:26 AM PST by jim-x (God help America survive its enemies within.)
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To: stocksthatgoup
Why hasn't there been a full investigation regarding CBS and the forged documents. And why hasn't anyone been charged?

''''''

Good question, maybe because as soon as someone attacks the media they circle the wagons, even the opposition writers will protect the other newsies. Besides, who is going to investigate them, other media types.

But I think it is good that General Pace and other people in government call them to account for their hypocrisies.
12 posted on 12/03/2005 10:06:22 AM PST by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: beyond the sea

Speaking of the Gorelick Wall Commission...they are coming out MOnday with another scathing report...

Saying that the Bush Administration has "not done enough"...yet again.

WHY are these people given the platform to do this??? Their botched job is over...they didn't do THEIR job well, but for some reason, they still think the have the right to critisize Bush over, and over!!!


13 posted on 12/03/2005 10:07:08 AM PST by Txsleuth (9/11NEVER FORGET-NEVER SURRENDER, Sam Johnson, a REAL hero!)
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To: beyond the sea

No Gun Ri, anyone?


14 posted on 12/03/2005 10:07:11 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: beyond the sea

Why, oh why didn't he just simply mention RFE and AFR?


15 posted on 12/03/2005 10:08:37 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Hey, Wilkerson...cowards cut and run. Marines never do!)
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To: beyond the sea

Go General!


16 posted on 12/03/2005 10:11:42 AM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys-Reagan and Bush)
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To: beyond the sea

She is being mentioned as a replacement for Dan Rather.


17 posted on 12/03/2005 10:16:09 AM PST by billhilly (If you're lurking here from DU (Democrats unglued), I trust this post will make you sick.)
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To: beyond the sea
It's true, the lame stream press has lied on many occasions. And AFAIK, most, if not all, of their lies have been found out and reported.

But what really bothers me is their lack of reporting (on all the good things going on in Iraq, for example) and their obvious slanting of what they do report on (taking pot shots at President Bush every chance they get even if not germane to the story).

We are in a war with the media. They insist on reporting just the bad stuff to sway public opinion. Given that, I cannot complain when our side fights back. The good news needs to get out too.

18 posted on 12/03/2005 10:20:41 AM PST by upchuck (Mark Steyn: "...Democratic Party are a bunch of losers because they're all tactics and no strategy.")
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To: Txsleuth

Unfortunately, I am still hearing that "the White House and Pentagon are checking into the legality and "ethics" of such newspaper reports".....








send Snows story to them all

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1533292/posts


19 posted on 12/03/2005 10:22:13 AM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: beyond the sea
The administration desperately needs to learn something from the General. The General has it right - 'Right back at you, pal!'. But the Bush Administration went into its characteristic fetal position. pathetic.
20 posted on 12/03/2005 10:23:09 AM PST by SolutionsOnly
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To: Txsleuth
WHY are these people given the platform to do this???

Their funding should be removed posthaste.

21 posted on 12/03/2005 10:23:53 AM PST by upchuck (Mark Steyn: "...Democratic Party are a bunch of losers because they're all tactics and no strategy.")
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To: beyond the sea

22 posted on 12/03/2005 10:23:54 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (This is my tagline. There are many like it but this one is mine.)
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To: beyond the sea

Watching Fox & Friends this morning, the irony was inescapable. There they were, three lefties (especially Julian) self-righteously huffing and puffing about how this hurt "journalistic ethics." To those three, I say, there's scarcely an ethic among the three of you, and certainly none in MSM. In fact, they wouldn't know an ethic if it reached up and bit them on the nose.

Planting stories might have its drawbacks, but I think I understand why they did it. For the life of me, though, I can't figure out why the rest of the media plants, exaggerates, and completely fabricates the stories they do.


23 posted on 12/03/2005 10:25:32 AM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: Lancey Howard

An anchor chair. Hmmmm, those words have a Rather (no pun intended)(not much anyway) ominous connotation.


24 posted on 12/03/2005 10:25:36 AM PST by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: beyond the sea
Don't forget that in 1986, CBS was hungry to air the first video of the Chernobyl plant after the explosion.

They paid $10,000 for aerials of the smoking plant.... which turned out to be aerials of cement factory in northern Italy.

After all, just because it was set in the mountains (Chernobyl is in flat, mildly rolling country) and there was a rooftop sign in non-Cyrillic characters, and Fiats, Lancias and cement trucks everywhere, who could have known?

Remember, CBS's "Man on the scene in Dallas, our new reporter Dan Rather...." announced that JFK had been pronounced dead about 25 minutes before he was.

Idiots
25 posted on 12/03/2005 10:27:32 AM PST by MindBender26 (Having my own CAR-15 in RVN meant never having to say I was sorry......)
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To: beyond the sea
How's this for an idea? Lynch records a three minute piece every day.

In the first minute Lynch names all of the large American media orgs he is releasing the tape to and states he has urged them to play the followng 2 minute reporting piece on a prime time news show slot or print the text of the report the next day, if the MSM outlet was a newspaper.

In the two minute report segment, Lynch talks directly to the American people on behalf of our military in Iraq. He reports what has occurred or been accomplished, good, bad or ugly, over the past 24 hours.
This takes the White House out of the news reporting cycle and thus extinguishes the left's noise about Bush/Cheney, etc. And, for those MSM left leaning outlets that choose to not show or print what our military are truly accomplishing, I would envision Fox News running their commercials, and the Washington Times their advertizement stating THEY are showing or printing the daily reports every day...and they can name all of their non participating competitors who are not. and urge viewers or paper readers to exclusively get first hand reporting of exactly what is happening by our true "boots on the ground".

And, this approach would also leave the disingenuous Democrats in a bind. How do they continue to say they support the troops (we all know they loath the military)if they start criticizing the reporting of our men in uniform?
26 posted on 12/03/2005 10:38:10 AM PST by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: jim-x

"...everything we do is based on fact..."

And if you are a soldier who operates otherwise, your life will be very, very short.

The MSM s don't get that. Their lives will be very short too, and they are already suffering decreased ccirculation and audience numbers.

When the facts are there for all to see....the MSM looks absolutely ridiculous. I love it!

Reality that is not spinable, hey, thats not fair!

LOL


27 posted on 12/03/2005 10:49:02 AM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal Flatulence Goes the Hope of the West)
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To: stocksthatgoup
Why hasn't there been a full investigation regarding CBS and the forged documents. And why hasn't anyone been charged?

ronnie earle is too busy going after Tom DeLay, because DeLay is a Republican.

28 posted on 12/03/2005 10:50:08 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (DUmmies are permanently stuck on stupid.)
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To: beyond the sea

Challenge the MSM to a contest.

They present all stories that the military published that were false, and we present all the stories the MSM printed that were false.

It will be no contest!


29 posted on 12/03/2005 10:51:52 AM PST by airborne (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't!)
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To: sure_fine; Tony Snow

Thank you...but you just did in a way...Tony Snow is a freeper....


30 posted on 12/03/2005 10:55:48 AM PST by Txsleuth (9/11NEVER FORGET-NEVER SURRENDER, Sam Johnson, a REAL hero!)
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To: beyond the sea

31 posted on 12/03/2005 10:56:41 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: sure_fine

And....the White House is a follower of the FR..also...at least I have heard that from several show hosts...

SO...they are being bombarded by Tony's column...and our remarks as well.


32 posted on 12/03/2005 10:57:10 AM PST by Txsleuth (9/11NEVER FORGET-NEVER SURRENDER, Sam Johnson, a REAL hero!)
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To: upchuck

Their funding HAS been stopped...

They are being privately funded..that is the main reason that they shouldn't get the airtime and coverage they get.

They are always shown on C-span still, even though they are basically just a bunch of private citizens bitchin!!!


33 posted on 12/03/2005 10:58:39 AM PST by Txsleuth (9/11NEVER FORGET-NEVER SURRENDER, Sam Johnson, a REAL hero!)
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To: MizSterious

What the critics are making of point of NOT saying is this: the stories are the TRUTH...

Whether they like the idea of having to pay a paper to run stories or not, they CANNOT call this propaganda..because all we are doing, is "advertising" the good news...instead of just letting the Iraqis keep believing that everything is doom and gloom, all over Iraq.

Hey---what's wrong with an article that proclaims the "NEW AND IMPROVED" Iraq?---as long as it is all true?


34 posted on 12/03/2005 11:01:35 AM PST by Txsleuth (9/11NEVER FORGET-NEVER SURRENDER, Sam Johnson, a REAL hero!)
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To: Txsleuth

35 posted on 12/03/2005 11:02:46 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: beyond the sea

You left out CNN! Remember Eason Jordan. CNN was in Iraq for 12 years and NEVER TOLD THE PUBLIC about the horrors that were going on there.

The media is scum!


36 posted on 12/03/2005 11:15:10 AM PST by CyberAnt ( I believe Congressman Curt Weldon re Able Danger)
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To: CyberAnt

37 posted on 12/03/2005 11:18:06 AM PST by JOE6PAK ("We'll be Heironymus Bosch in Jest a Minute, but Faust...")
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To: Txsleuth
JUST when we think the good guys have gotten the message that they need to QUIT apologizing and agonizing over every perceived affront that the dems and MSM throw at them... -----

Right.............. time to kick some serious ass!

This country/world is in real trouble.

38 posted on 12/03/2005 11:18:21 AM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: JOE6PAK

I love it!!


39 posted on 12/03/2005 11:19:48 AM PST by CyberAnt ( I believe Congressman Curt Weldon re Able Danger)
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To: Txsleuth
WHY are these people given the platform to do this???

I hate to say it......... they ARE the platform!

The media has been "one world " for at least eight decades!

Kill America......... the bankers, the money lenders rule.

ask yourself...................... why is there NEVER a one hour story in the media on the illegal, never ratified income tax?

Why is there NEVER anything ................ oh, I quit.

40 posted on 12/03/2005 11:25:49 AM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: beyond the sea

41 posted on 12/03/2005 11:26:12 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: billhilly
She is being mentioned as a replacement for Dan Rather.

Yoi ...... nicer legs????

42 posted on 12/03/2005 11:27:02 AM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: upchuck; Mia T; doug from upland; Petronski; martin_fierro
We are in a war with the media.

They (the media) own America................... forget about it................ it's all over.................... this country is history as The Founding Fathers had created this Republic................ unless FReepers and others get some nuts............. and real damn fast!

43 posted on 12/03/2005 11:31:54 AM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: jim-x

Is logic taught any more? Seems to me it should be then people would know what is a fact and what is opinion. Many decades ago, I was taught: " A Fact is an unqualified assertion whose truth or falseness can be objectively ascertained." Does that still stand today?.


44 posted on 12/03/2005 11:32:43 AM PST by sinbad17
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

PRAVDA


45 posted on 12/03/2005 11:46:59 AM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: MindBender26

Right on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


46 posted on 12/03/2005 11:48:00 AM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: beyond the sea
The military shouldn't have to "plant" good news stories in the press. If the American media was doing their job, this would all be common knowledge. The media is just frantic that the truth may come out.

They all sure jumped on the fake news that the insurgents took over Ramadi, didn't they LOL!!!

47 posted on 12/03/2005 11:49:38 AM PST by McGavin999 (Reporters write the truth, Journalists write stories.)
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To: McGavin999
The military shouldn't have to "plant" good news stories in the press. If the American media was doing their job, this would all be common knowledge.

Duh! If Jayna Davis of OKC fame ............... oh, never mind.

48 posted on 12/03/2005 12:40:48 PM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: george76
ONE VERY UGLY SYCOPHANT.

THIS WOMAN IS AS BAD AS ONE OF HITLER'S OPERATIVES!

49 posted on 12/03/2005 12:42:45 PM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: beyond the sea

it pleases me to see the military is slowly pulling off the kids gloves when dealing with the Fifth Column


50 posted on 12/03/2005 12:43:07 PM PST by King Prout (many accuse me of being overly literal... this would not be a problem if many were not under-precise)
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