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Yesterday, CT Attorney General came under fire for stating that he served in Vietnam when he didn't. The New York Time published an article with a YT clip showing Richard Blumenthal making the controversial statement.

But the New York Times wasn't quite honest in their article and only showed the edited Youtube clip ala Fox News . In fact, they didn't point out that in the same speech, Richard Blumenthal corrected himself and pointed it out that he didn't serve in Vietnam but served in the Reserve during the Vietnam era.

The Huffington Post posted the full edition of the speech where Richard Blumenthal clearly states that he served in the US Military Reserve during the Vietnam war not in Vietnam.

It's pretty clear to me that it was unintentional misstatement. Or maybe he lied or half-lied. Who knows ? But The NewYork Times should have posted the full edition instead of posting an edited video.

MMFA has the story as well. Their coverage is really good as always.

I wonder if the New York Times will issue a statement ?

Thanks to Hesiod, we just can read how the NY Times is responding  :

Late update: A spokesman for the Times says the video doesn't change anything.

"The New York Times in its reporting uncovered Mr. Blumenthal's long and well established pattern of misleading his constituents about his Vietnam War service, which he acknowledged in an interview with The Times," said Diane McNulty. "The video doesn't change our story. Saying that he served 'during Vietnam' doesn't indicate one way or the other whether he went to Vietnam."

She also urged Blumenthal to "come clean:"

"Mr. Blumenthal needs to be candid with his constituents about whether he went to Vietnam or not, since his official military records clearly indicate he did not," she said.

Funny right ? The NYTimes is asking Blumenthal to come clean when it's the NYTimes just got caught


Jean Risley, the woman from the Connecticut Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the source of the Times quote about Blumenthal claiming to have been spat upon, says  she was misquoted and that Blumenthal never made false claims to her about Vietnam. She appeared at Blumenthal's event yesterday.

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Originally posted to LaurenMonica on Wed May 19, 2010 at 11:57 AM PDT.


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