Democratic Senate Candidate falsely claimed Vietnam service
The New York Times reports today that Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has falsely claimed on the campaign trail to have served in Vietnam, when he did not. Although his official Attorney General bio, and his campaign bio, merely state [correctly] that he served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant, the New York Times website includes a video [scroll down, on left] from early 2008 in which he said that he served in Vietnam.
“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”OYE Comment:
Accuracy about military service is essential. Subjects of inaccurate reporting, of which they are aware, have a responsibility to clarify any ambiguities and demand correction on the record. Media organizations, including editors, must ensure that the editing processes preserve factual accuracy. Sloppiness is unacceptable.
Not only is this essential for institutional and personal credibility, but it also honors the genuine service and sacrifice of our true heroes.
Update: Here's the NY Times Public Editor on Mr. Blumenthal's description of his military service. Note the next-to-last para. OYE checked his official and campaign biographies and mentioned their accurate description in our posting. All of that said, however, the NY Times did report the truth.
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