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[Update] Jake Tapper Corrects His Omission

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An all too typical bit of mis-reporting from Jake Tapper at ABC News:

WWII Vet Fires at Conservative Bloggers Re: Obama’s Great Uncle Charlie

May 29, 2008

His name, according to the Obama campaign, was Charles T. Payne.

He was born in February 1925, and he served in the 89th Infantry Division of the Army during World War II…

An interesting side story here — the Kitchells are not particularly happy with the conservative bloggers who have set out to prove Obama was “lying” about his great uncle…

Then there’s this remarkable exchange between the conservative bloggers at Sweetness & Light and Ray Kitchell, who served with the 89th:

From: Steve Gilbert
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 6:14 AM
Subject: Any Record Of Charles W Payne?

Mr. Kitchell,

As you may have heard by now, Barack Obama has claimed that his great uncle Charlie Payne was a member of the 89th Div that liberated Buchenwald.

According to records his full name is either Charles W Payne or Charles T Payne (most likely the former), and he was born in 1924 — and he is still alive today.

He most likely was from Kansas at the time of enlistment.

Do you have any record of this gentleman?

Thank you,

Steve Gilbert
sweetness-light.com

PS – If you go to my website, you will see that I was probably the first to note the error in Mr. Obama’s first claims about his “uncle.”

**

And the response:

Please crawl back under the rock you came out from.

Good day

Raymond Kitchell, veteran 89th Inf Div

**

The response at Sweetness & Light was to compare the World War II veteran to Cindy Sheehan.

– jpt

Folks, we are witnessing the art of ‘lying by omission’ that our watchdog media practice, day in and day out.

As readers of this site know, and as anyone can see for themselves, my “Cindy Sheehan” reference was to Mr. Kitchell’s second email:

From: Mark Kitchell [mailto:markkitchell@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 10:47 AM
To: Steve Gilbert
Subject: Re: Any Record Of Charles W Payne?

I don’t claim to represent anyone. You are the one who came to my son and I asking for information.

Please spend ample time chasing down the lies fed to you by chickenhawks Bush & Co. Like 90% of this administration, they don’t have the foggiest idea what we went through or what we saw at Ohrdruf.

[Emphasis added]

The comparison still seems more than apt. For not only does Mr. Kitchell sound like Ms. Sheehan in his political views, but he uses his (highly laudable) military service to cloak himself in an unquestionable moral authority.

Lest we forget, I was simply trying to find out if Mr. Obama’s uncle served in the 89th from a site which purported to welcome queries about the 89th. What is outrageous or even slightly disrespectful about that?

But this whole ginned-up “controversy” has become surreal in the extreme.

Not only were we here at S&L among the first, if not the first, to notice Mr. Obama’s original “gaffe” about his uncle liberating Auschwitz, back when everyone else was chortling about him “seeing dead people.”

But we actually went out of our way to try to find out the facts of the case. Something obvious offensive to today’s “journalists” like Jake Tapper and those famous seekers of the truth at the Daily Kos.

Indeed, from the start I have stated that it is unlikely that the story was made up. And this site was the very first site anywhere to post any confirmation of Mr. Obama’s claimin the very article Tapper cites.

(Of course a lot of this confusion may have been avoided if the Obama camp had actually told us his great uncle’s full name, which despite Mr. Tapper’s implications, they did not. They called him “Charlie” and gave no further information. So we were left to scour the genealogical records and other tea leaves.)

Along the way I and the other posters here have merely tried to separate the facts from the fiction and the disinformation.

Hilariously, for our efforts we are being set upon by America-hating ignoramuses from the Daily Kos and other lunatic leftwing sites that no one has ever heard about — for our shabby treatment of veterans.

Never mind that the founder of the Daily Kos is a notorious ‘blood dancer’ who wants to see our soldiers defeated in Iraq (and everywhere, for that matter), and who delighted in the brutal death of US contractors who were helping to deliver food to the people of Fallujah.

Since its inception S&L has supported and honored our military — which we have repeatedly called the greatest force for good in the history of the modern world. (And I have done so elsewhere long before beginning this site.)

This site’s membership is comprised of a disproportionate number of veterans, active service men and women, and people who are closely related to veterans or current members of the military.

S&L defended our soldiers and their mission against the (anti-Semitic) lies of Cindy Sheehan, whose bizarre claims the Daily Kos was only too happy to promote, and “reporters” like Jake Tapper were only too happy to ignore.

(Cindy Sheehan and her supporters are now effectively banned from the Daily Kos, by the way.)

Moreover, it was this site which began to turn around the story of the so-called “Haditha Massacre” while folks like Jake Tapper and the Daily Kos were eager to carry water for our nation’s enemies.

We have also done our part in exposing “phony soldiers,” such as that hero of the Daily Kos, Jesse MacBeth.

Meanwhile, S&L has whole-heartedly supported our troops and defended their mission in countless articles over the last three years.

And now we are being pilloried for not respecting veterans? By people who call us “chickenhawks” and “neo-cons” (aka Jews)? By people who claimed we have been duped by people like General Petraeus?

It is to laugh.

  Update!

I just received the following email from Mr. Tapper:

—–Original Message—–
From: Jake Tapper
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2008 12:44 PM
To: xxxxx@xxx.xxx
Subject: Steve —

Jake Tapper wrote:

As soon as someone pointed out to me that your “Cindy Sheehan” remark was in reference to his “chickenhawks” line, I edited the blog to reflect that. Please shoot me an email when you get a sec.

Jake

And, indeed, Mr. Tapper has added the following to his original column:

* It’s been pointed out to me that the Cindy Sheehan comparison was in response to the “chickenhawks” email, so I added it for better context.

Mr. Tapper has also further explained in subsequent emails that he was not trying to suggest I was disrespecting veterans. And, moreover, he thought my email to Mr. Kitchell was respectful. Which, of course, it was meant to be.

I have to admit that I am heartened to see this. Since, truth to tell, Mr. Tapper has been one of the “fair and balanced” reporters on the campaign trail. (If he will pardon the expression.)

I have also subsequently Googled and searched Lexis-Nexus for any articles by Mr. Tapper on either Cindy Sheehan or Haditha, and found none. And Mr. Tapper has subsequently assured me that he has never written on either subject, except to note her (short-lived) departure from the “peace movement” last Memorial Day.

So I apologize for painting him with such a broad roller. Though the general truth about the rest of the media’s handling of those subjects is still obviously true.

I hope all of this doesn’t put Mr. Tapper in Dutch with the leftwing lunatics.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 30th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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