More Dishonesty from the NYT
Ian Urbina's "As Loved Ones Fight On, War Doubts Arise" story on families "turning against the war" was just so much tripe. There are ten times as many family members of organizations that SUPPORT the mission in Iraq than those organizations mentioned. Why weren't these organizations' members quoted??
I draw to your attention:
The story mentions a group called 'Iraq Veterans Against the War', which was started in 2004 and boasts 500 members, but it failed to mention Vets for Freedom, which was started in 2006 (two years later) and already has over 5,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans members who believe in the mission. (www.VetsforFreedom.org)
The story mentions a group called 'Military Families Speak Out', which was started in 2002 and boasts 3,500 member families, but it failed to mention Families United for our Troops and Their Mission, which was started in August 2005 and already has 37,000 members who believe in the mission. (http://www.familiesunitedmission.com)
The story mentions a group called 'Appeal for Redress' which was started in September, 2006 and boasts 2,000 members, but it failed to mention the Appeal for Courage, which was also started in 2006 and already has over 3,300 members who believe in the mission. (www.AppealforCourage.org)
Why were none of these oganizations contacted or quoted to give a balanced view? You need not wonder further why your circulation has dropped so precipitously: NYT DISHONESTY in journalism. Your job as journalists is to report facts on BOTH sides of an issue or story and allow readers to form an opinion for themselves. However, the NYT publishes information that supports the reporter's or the NYT's opinions as if it were fact and the only fact. You shame the honored history of your publication -- and sully true journalists everywhere. SHAME ON YOU.
Of course we families want our husbands, sons and daughters home -- but when the MILITARY says the mission is complete -- not when the politicians decide there are more points in defeat than in victory.
We want to be sure that when Our Guys come home, they NEVER have to go back.
I support the troops AND their missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I have already called my two US Senators to be sure they know our position on the War. I encourage everyone to do the same. Participate in your government. HERE is the Senate contact directory.