Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: New York Times ‘Killer Vet’ Story Exposed as Erroneous by Pro-Troop Group
Posted on 01/14/2008 4:15:04 AM PST by Impeach98
January 14, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Mary Pearson: (916) 4416197 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SACRAMENTO- Move America Forward (website: www.MoveAmericaForward.org), the nations largest grassroots pro-troop organization, today announced that after vetting the numbers cited by The New York Times in their Sunday, January 13, 2008 story, Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles, it became clear that the Times had engaged in demonstrably erroneous and false reporting.
It took seven New York Times researchers to find 121 cases in which veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan committed a killing in the United States, or were charged with one, upon returning home to this country.
The Times made the false conclusion that: Taken together, they paint the patchwork of a quiet phenomenon, tracing a cross-country trail of death and heartbreak.
The Times documentation of 121 potential killings out of more than 1.5 million veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), divided by 6 years of conflict results in a murder rate of just 1.34 incidents per 100,000 veterans per year.***
That murder rate is far lower than the murder rate for the general population, demonstrating that the experiences of military service including having served in Iraq and Afghanistan actually made it less likely for returning veterans to commit murder once they returned home, than the general population.
Given a census-estimated population of the United States of 300,000,000 persons in this country as of October 2006, and FBI-compiled statistics of 17,399 homicide offenders for 2006, the murder rate of the general population was 5.80 offenders per 100,000 on average and a rate of approximately 7.67 per 100,000 for men.
Since all but one of the veterans cited by the Times who committed a killing in the U.S. was male, the comparable rate is approximately 7.67 incidents of murder per 100,000 people among the general male population, compared to just 1.34 incidents per 100,000 returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans (of both genders).
Its obvious that the New York Times has an agenda of undermining the missions of our troops in the War on Terror, so much so that they are willing to resort to demonstrably false statistics to support their anti-troop bias, said Melanie Morgan, Chairman of Move America Forward.
The slander of our troops and veterans by the New York Times is unfortunately all too familiar. We heard this kind of nonsense about our returning veterans from Vietnam. Its the same insult, different war.
Perhaps the shameful staff of The New York Times has run out of war-time secrets to publish for Americas enemies to read, because now theyve resorted to an all-out smear campaign of Americas finest men and women, who have served this country bravely and with distinction, Morgan said.
In place of hard data to support their premise, The New York Times was instead forced to devote almost the entire portion of 6,321 word hit-piece to anecdotes of wrongdoing by individual veterans.
The New York Times even went so far as to trace back the phenomenon of murderous veterans to Greek mythology to back up their assertions of their report.
The real mythology is the reporting by The New York Times, Move America Forwards Melanie Morgan concluded.
NOTE TO REPORTERS/BLOGGERS: Melanie Morgan and a delegation of staffers from Move America Forward have just returned from a 10-day trip interviewing U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait.
To schedule an interview with Melanie Morgan or the other members who traveled to Kuwait and Iraq including: Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee (mother of first Navy Seal killed in Iraq), MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez, and MAF Deputy Executive Director, Mary Pearson, contact Ryan Gill of Move America Forward at: (916) 441-6197 or via email at: mary@MoveAmericaForward.org
>> You can link to this report, which is published at the Move America Forward website, at this location: http://www.moveamericaforward.org/index.php/MAF/MAFNews
*** Note that the central statistical measure is how many instances of alleged killings take place per 100,000 Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans who returned home. The New York Times might argue that our statistics are incorrect since the 1.5+ million Iraq/Afghanistan veterans have not been home during the entire 6 years of the war (especially since in the early onset of Operation Enduring Freedom troops were just arriving into the war zone).
However, Salon.com reports that as of January 31, 2005 there were 1,048,884 Americans who had fought in Iraq or Afghanistan. One can then calculate statistics from that point onward. Lets give the New York Times the leeway of saying their alleged 121 incidents of killings by veterans occured during just the three years that elapsed since that time to the present. The murder rate per 100,000 people would still be approximately 3.5 incidents of murder per 100,000 returning Iraq/Afghanistan veterans.
You should see this - PING.
The Slimes strikes again. I knew it when I saw the headline yesterday. The truth completely contradicts the Old Gray Whore’s take on this. Hey Pinch, you’re sinking your ship, you schmuck!
New York Times BUSTED - Ping.
Every FReeper who supports our military should send this article to the lying NYT today, just so they know we know better. This information should be on Rush’s show, Hannity’s and H&C on Fox tonight.
In the 70s,the Times attacked Viet Nam vets when they returned home from the war with lies like this. This time, the Times needs to have its nose bloodied in public and should be forced to apologize to the troops it has impugned.
........but the narrative fits
Fake but accurate.........
NYT with an agenda. Geez, that's, that's pretty hard to believe.
Melanie needs to quit holding back and tell us how she really feels...
Melanie needs to quit holding back and tell us how she really feels...
Yes, that Melanie Morgan, never willing to bluntly say what she thinks ;-) LOL!
Good idea. Personally, I’d rather see a mass public hanging. With audio to hear what these damn traitors are whimpering when the hoods go over their heads.
According to the Left, if you’re not a chickenhawk, you’re a baby-killer ready to explode. The NYT’s been at it for 40-plus years.
The whole NYT story baffled me the moment I saw it.
If one accepts the premise of the article, that combat experience somehow leads to homicide, the late 1940’s when the WWII vets returned would have had to have been an extraordinarily violent era as there were many times the number of young combat vets on the streets then as opposed to now.
Since that was obviously not the case, the NYT story didn’t pass the smell test, only their acute liberal myopia prevented them from seeing the silliness of their big story.
All the News That Fits Our Agenda.
Criminal aliens kill more than our vets.
That fishwrap doesn't deserve to be given one iota of respect!
The NY Slimes to the rescue of al - Qaeda
After radical Muslims had eight glorious years of killing with wild abandon without retribution, Bush was a wake-up call for Islam. It showed radical Muslims that America does have its limits and that not all American presidents are cowards. This was quite a shock for most of them. Now, because of that miscalculation, the radicals have lost their grip on Afghanistan and Iraq. Longtime ally and supporter, Libya, turned tail on the radical Muslims after witnessing how quickly Saddam fell before American might. Pakistan also made a rapid change in policy. No longer did the Pakistani government support the Taliban. The joy that radical Muslims felt after 9/11 was very short lived since the price tag for that attack ran much higher than the Islamics expected and the tab continues to rise. The highest cost to Islam as a whole is the great divide that has formed within Islam itself. Islam being what it is, it doesnt find fault within Islam. Islam blames Bush.
Hooray Melanie Morgan! Thanks for the ping, Impeach98.
The methods of propagandists. I’m sure the reporters /sarcasm will get Pulitzer prizes /sarcasm.
Thanks to MM for putting the story into greater context.
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