Whenever The New York Times covers issues involving homosexuality — like same-sex “marriage,” hate-crimes laws and gays in the military — the rest of its reporting seems fair and balanced by comparison.
An article in today’s paper pushes repeal of the Clinton-era “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which would allow gays to serve openly in the military.
It begins with the reaction of two West Point cadets (one pro, the other anti), leaving the impression that the Academy is evenly divided here. If so, that may be a result of the input cadets have received. The Academy has recently had a speaker in favor of repeal, and a trans-gendered speaker — but no one on the other side.
The story also quotes one Nathaniel Frank, who’s identified only as the author of Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America.
Though the Times writer was surely aware of it, she doesn’t disclose that Frank is associated with the homosexual activist group, The Palm Center. But, she had no difficulty identifying the Center for Military Readiness as “conservative.”
After informing readers that former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman John M. Shalikashvili supports repeal, the story notes, “On the other side, some 1,000 retired officers” signed a letter against repeal. There’s no mention of who they are.
In fact, the 1,100 signers are all retired generals and admirals, 47 of them were 4-stars, and one was also a former chairman of the JCS. Now, how did The Times overlook that minor detail?
The paper cited a 2008 Military Times poll, where 58% opposed repeal of the ban. To discredit this survey, it added that readers of the publication are “predominantly Republican and largely older.”
If it saw the poll, The Times must have known that of respondents who are active duty personnel, 10% said they’d leave the military if the ban was repealed and an additional 14% said they’d consider leaving. Oops, The Times forgot to mention that too.
What The New York Times doesn’t know about our armed forces could fill a library. On the other hand, it is GHQ for the gay “rights” movement.
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