There is a very fine line between edgy journalism and desperation, and it appears as though the New York Times has officially crossed it…again.
As Americans settle in for one of the strangest Memorial Days in recent memory, the Times is using the opportunity to attack the US military in a brazen and unbelievable way – and they are attempting to use this “edgy” take on the armed services to bring attention to themselves.
On Sunday, The New York Times Editorial Board published the piece titled “Why Does the U.S. Military Celebrate White Supremacy?” The editorial made the argument that it’s time to rename military bases after “American heroes, not racist traitors.”
The response came quickly.
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman tweeted Sunday night in response: “On a solemn day for remembering those that have given their lives for our country fighting against tyranny and subjugation, the NYT has more than a million possible stories of the ultimate sacrifice by American patriots that they could tell. But they don’t.”
He followed up, in a statement: “The Department of Defense is the most diverse meritocracy in the country and the most powerful force for good in world history. We have many stories of valor still waiting to be told this Memorial Day weekend.”
The “failing” New York Times, (as President Trump refers to them), believed that the military was espousing the beliefs of white supremacy in their naming of several military bases…with some of the leaps in logic appearing to be rather hefty.
The editorial listed Fort Benning, Ga., as an example, noting that the military base honored Henry Lewis Benning, a Confederate general “who devoted himself to the premise that African-Americans were not really human and could never be trusted with full citizenship.”
The editorial pointed to Benning’s “now-famous speech in 1861” during which “he told secession conventioneers in Virginia that his native state of Georgia had left the union for one reason — to ‘prevent the abolition of her slavery.’”
In a telltale sign of the Times’ need for attention, this is the sort of story that coulda have been told at any time over the last 111 years, given that the installation has existed under that name since 1909. Instead, the paper waited until Memorial Day to purposefully trigger military members and their supporters in an attempt to put eyeballs on their website.
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