Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Leaving out Some Details

What you get is not always what it seems.
Here is a link to the story Doug Tennapel was alluding to in yesterday’s link. The story was that the New York Times wrote an article about a soldier who died. They even posted some of his “last words” from a letter left for his family to be read if and when he died during the war.  

Here was what they wrote:

 Sifting through Corporal Starr's laptop computer after his death, his father found a letter to be delivered to the marine's girlfriend. ''I kind of predicted this,'' Corporal Starr wrote of his own death. ''A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances."
Malkin’s editorial:
 The paper's excerpt of Corporal Starr's letter leaves the reader with the distinct impression that this young Marine was darkly resigned to a senseless death. The truth is exactly the opposite. Late last week, I received a letter from Corporal Starr's uncle, Timothy Lickness. He wanted you to know the rest of the story -- and the parts of Corporal Starr's letter that the Times failed to include:
Rest of the relevant letter:
 "Obviously if you are reading this then I have died in Iraq. I kind of predicted this, that is why I'm writing this in November. A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances. I don't regret going, everybody dies but few get to do it for something as important as freedom. It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it's not to me. I'm here helping these people, so that they can live the way we live. Not have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators. To do what they want with their lives. To me that is why I died. Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark."
 Seems to be a much more noble approach to his own death and the reason for it. Read here for the full commentary.


happycamper said...

Wow. That is just another example of the twists that media puts on their information. Thank God the uncle sent in the full letter, because it really changes the tone when you read it in context with the rest of the letter.

Derrick Bright said...

It kind of goes with Stand To Reason's Never Read a Bible Verse. Context does play an important part in getting the whole truth.