Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The NY Slimes Ignores Military Hero

Once again the NY Times has shown its true anti-American ultra-liberal colors by refusing to cover the posthumous awarding of the Medal of Honor to Navy Seal Lt. Michael Murphy.

During a battle with Taliban fighters, Lt. Murphy bravely stepped out into the line of fire to make a satellite call for help. A survivor recalled that Murphy “took two rounds to the back and dropped down on a rock and sat back up, picked the phone back up and started talking again.” His actions reportedly save the lives of his fellow comrades in arms.

The NY Times holds this type of heroic actions in contempt because it epitomizes the greatness of our military and the strength of the American spirit.

But do you know WHO the NY Times thinks deserves front page coverage and their meaningless accolades? You guessed it. Two great American patriots named President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Mahmoud Ahmadinjad of Iran both of who are well known for their hatred of America. The NY Slimes regards these two anti-American thugs as the seekers of peace, the dynamic duo of diplomacy and the voices against violence.

This is a disgrace even for a publication that has proven time and time again that they are an embarrassment to the media.

No veteran or true American should ever read the NY Times.

Thank God we have heroes like Lt. Michael Murphy who through their bravery and selfless service to this great nation cause Americans to beam with pride.

God Bless America!

To hell with the Times!


Anonymous said...

The New York Times honored Lt Murphy when he was killed in action, but yeah they should have carried this story, and I'm disaapointed they didn't.

But don't get ahead of yourself and say that they hate soldiers, especially when the source of your article comes from the NY Post, who has pushed hard on the war in Iraq and frankly uses these soliders deaths to push their own agenda.

If your going to go after the NY TImes, don't give the NY Post a pass.

Where are the announcements of the deaths of Yance Grey or Omar Mora. Those are the two soldiers who wrote an article for the NY Times who were killed in action who wrote an article talking about how bad things were in Iraq. I think these were the guys Rush and his friends at the NY Post were referring to as "Phony soldiers" Apprently phony soldiers are service men and women who don't vote Republican or tow the idological line of the right wingers.

Anonymous said...

It was the same "NY Slimes" that toed the administration line in the run up to the Iraq war. The whole "liberal media" argument of the right is a farce.

From The Center American progress:

Our analysis in the spring of 2007 of the 257 news/talk stations owned by the top five commercial station owners reveals that 91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming is conservative , and 9 percent is progressive.

Each weekday, 2,570 hours and 15 minutes of conservative talk are broadcast on these stations compared to 254 hours of progressive talk—10 times as much conservative talk as progressive talk.

A separate analysis of all of the news/talk stations in the top 10 radio markets reveals that 76 percent of the programming in these markets is conservative and 24 percent is progressive, although programming is more balanced in markets such as New York and Chicago.


Sixty percent of the nation’s daily newspapers print more conservative syndicated columnists every week than progressive syndicated columnists. Only 20 percent run more progressives than conservative s, while the remaining 20 percent are evenly balanced.

In a given week, nationally syndicated progressive columnists are published in newspapers with a combined total circulation of 125 million. Conservative columnists, on the other hand, are published in newspapers with a combined total circulation of more than 152 million.

The top 10 columnists as ranked by the number of papers in which they are carried include five conservative s, two centrists, and only three progressives .

The top 10 columnists as ranked by the total circulation of the papers in which they are published also include five conservative s, two centrists, and only three progressives .

In 38 states, the conservative voice is greater than the progressive voice — in other words, conservative columns reach more readers in total than progressive columns. In only 12 states is the progressive voice greater than the conservative voice.

In three out of the four broad regions of the country — the West, the South, and the Midwest — conservative syndicated columnists reach more readers than progressive syndicated columnists. Only in the Northeast do progressives reach more readers, and only by a margin of 2 percent.

In eight of the nine divisions into which the U.S. Census Bureau divides the country, conservative syndicated columnists reach more readers than progressive syndicated columnists in any given week. Only in the Middle Atlantic division do progressive columnists reach more readers each week.

I can only tell you that the sharply partisan nature of your posts only serve to discredit what you have to say and define you as a right wing "Hack".

I challenge you to put your country before your party and to seek understanding, common ground, and unity instead of division and hate.

Patrick Henry said...

"I challenge you to put your country before your party and to seek understanding, common ground, and unity instead of division and hate."

There is no need to question my patriotism or challenge me to put my country before my party. I answered that challenged when I was called to duty during the Korean War. Moreover, I have signs of this by carrying the scars of being wounded during the battle of Old Baldy in 1952. I returned for another tour of duty in December of that same year.

So please don't ask me to put my country before my party affiliation because I have put my country before my own life. Be careful who you challenge my friend.

Anonymous said...

Hey Patrick, you and I have clashed in the past, but I really respect your opinion.

But I think what it comes down to here most people including myself feel we were lied to into this war, worse guys who know nothing about war are waging it and we aren't winning. Unlike WW2 or the war you served in, we were answering a call then. When we went tinto Afghanistan we were too.

Iraq isn't either one of those. We sent out soldiers into a hornets nest, and the White House has been in my opinion using the soldiers as human shields to hide their absolute and utter incompetence.

No one I know wants America to lose. But again I have to ask this. How come all these right wing poiliticians (excluding John McCain)and pundits are all for this war, how comes they never served? How come they suddenly got beer muscles after they passed the age of service? If these guys can't convince their own service age kids to serve (again excluding McCain) who are they to try to convince someone else's kid to do the fighting?

They wanted this war, and this is the mess they've put us in. Isn't this the jist of the "personal responsibility" argument the right wing preaches? They wanted this war, let their flesh and blood fight it, they ran up the bills, let them take the money out of their pockets to pay it...

Mr Mojo Risin

Anonymous said...

Patrick H... please do not equate serving in the armed forces as being a good American while protesting the war connotes being a bad American. Protesting is part of this nation's heritage from its founding. Unfortunately, today, with the likes of Fixed "News" and the NY Post, comedian Rush Limbagh, Bill O'Lielly, and Sean Blahnity, we have fostered an atmostphere were protestors are vilified.

Protestors helped end the useless Vietnam War. Without tens and then hundreds of thousands of Americans protesting against the war, we might have lost many more than 50,000 of our children, friends, and neighbors. Only by exposing the insanity of the war and showing the carnage nightly on television did the majority of Americans come to realize that Vietnam was a war we should never have began.

By the way, like Iraq when the French warned us not to go to war, the French warned us against going into Vietnam after they’d suffered miserably in Southeast Asia before us. Perhaps, if we’d listened more and with less arrogance we’d make fewer mistakes.

Knee jerk Conservatives (emphasis on Jerk) protested when CNN ran profiles of our dead soldiers on Memorial Day several years ago. Now those same media outlets want a single soldier praised when Bush awards a well-deserved medal to his parents; parents who support the war. Where is their demand for the truth about Pat Tillman’s death? Where is their anger over the lack of armor our soldiers have had to endure?

Where is their righteous indignation over the outing of a CIA covert agent (Valerie Plame Wilson)? Had Clinton done this, we’d still be hearing about it nearly a decade after he left office.

Your service was admirable. I visited the Korean War Monument in DC when it first opened honoring America’s forgotten war.

And when I was young, I protested against the Vietnam War while mourning the death’s of two of my high school classmates.

America is more than a uniform.

Dante wisely wrote, “The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those, who during a moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” Those who protest this illegal, illogical, and immoral war are heroes too.

It’s time to divide Iraq into the loose federation Senator Joe Biden suggested YEARS ago and then let’s bring out soldiers home so we can fight the real war against terrorism while trying to repair the damage to the Constitution caused by Bush and Cheney.

Anonymous said...

The NYTimes DID, in fact, cover this story without the jingoistic rhetoric of the Post:

October 22, 2007
A Protector as a Child, Honored as a Hero
Correction Appended

In June 2005, Lt. Michael P. Murphy and three fellow members of the Navy Seals were on a mission in the mountains of Afghanistan when they were pinned down by a swarm of enemy fighters. Trapped in a steep ravine, they were unable to get a radio signal to call for help.

With the Americans suffering injuries, ammunition running low and roughly 100 Taliban fighters closing in, Lieutenant Murphy made a bold but fateful decision: He left the sheltering mountain rocks into an open area where he hoped to get a radio frequency.

He managed to make contact with Bagram Air Base, calling in his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force, even as he came under direct fire, according to a declassified Navy account of the battle.

He also was shot several times and died.

Today, President Bush will award Lieutenant Murphy, a team leader from Patchogue, the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award. Mr. Bush will present it to Lieutenant Murphy’s father and mother, Daniel and Maureen, in a ceremony scheduled to take place in the East Room.

Mr. Murphy said his son’s action in battle was typical of the sort of selflessness he displayed even as a child, recalling an episode when he got into a scrap with three bullies in middle school who tried to shove a disabled student in a locker.

“He just jumped in,” Mr. Murphy said, noting that it was the kind of action that led him and his former wife to refer to their oldest son as “the Protector” when he was a boy. “That was Michael’s way.”

Lieutenant Murphy, who was 29 and engaged, is the first member of the military to receive the medal for service in the war in Afghanistan. The war in Iraq has produced two Medal of Honor recipients, most recently in January when Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, a recruit from upstate New York, received the award posthumously.

Early in his life, Lieutenant Murphy appeared to possess the qualities that would make him the kind of candidate sought by the Seals, an elite Navy unit known for daring, physical toughness and mental acuity.

He was a member of the National Honor Society in Patchogue-Medford High School, a lifeguard and a solid athlete. He attended Pennsylvania State University, where he played hockey and graduated with two bachelor’s degrees, in political science and psychology.

His options after graduating in 1998 were wide open, and he was accepted into several law schools. He chose to join the military and train to become a Navy commando. He attended the Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., and then completed the Seals’ harsh training program and became a member of the Seals in April 2002.

It was a significant achievement for Lieutenant Murphy, who was not quite 6 feet tall, slight compared with the physically imposing members of the Seals. Each year, 50 to 200 sailors graduate from the training program. The dropout rate is 74 percent, according to the Navy.

His final mission was on June 28, 2005, when he led a four-man Seal unit searching for a Taliban leader behind enemy lines. The Americans were spotted about 24 hours after being dropped in a mountainous stretch of eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province, according to the Navy. A firefight erupted. The Americans, vastly outnumbered, took cover in the steep slopes as the batted raged for more than two hours.

But then, according to Hospital Corpsman Marcus Luttrell, the unit’s only survivor that day, Lieutenant Murphy made his way toward the exposed ridge between the mountains, making him an easy target. “I was cursing at him from where I was,” he recalled in an interview. “I was saying, ‘What are you doing?’ Then I realized that he was making a call. But then he started getting hit. He finished the call, picked up his rifle and started fighting again. But he was overrun.”

The call placed by Lieutenant Murphy led American commanders to dispatch a small rescue force that included an MH-47 Chinook helicopter with eight Seals members and eight Army special operations soldiers. But a rocket-propelled grenade struck the slow-moving helicopter as it approached, killing all 16 men aboard. Lieutenant Murphy and two others in his unit were killed in the firefight. Corpsman Luttrell escaped, and took refuge in a village until he was rescued several days later.

Corpsman Luttrell and the other two men who were killed, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Danny P. Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson, all received the Navy Cross.

Mr. Bush approved Lieutenant Murphy’s nomination for the medal on Oct. 11, more than two years after his commanders recommended him for an award to recognize his actions in battle.

Since the medal was created during the Civil War, it has been bestowed on more than 3,400 soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guardsmen, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Lieutenant Murphy is the first member of the Navy to receive the medal since the Vietnam War, a Navy spokesman said.

In an interview, Daniel Murphy said that he was not surprised to learn about his son’s actions. “What Maureen and I always worried about was that he would put himself in danger to help someone else, which turned out to be true,” he said.

Correction: October 23, 2007

An article yesterday about Michael P. Murphy, a Navy lieutenant killed in Afghanistan and the latest recipient of the Medal of Honor, gave an erroneous identification in some editions for the branch of service of Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, one of two Medal of Honor recipients from the war in Iraq. Corporal Dunham was with the Marine Corps, not the Army.