Cheat-Seeking Missles

Thursday, August 25, 2005

NYT Misreports Body Armor Story

Here's what the NYTimes reported on August 14:
"For the second time since the Iraq war began, the Pentagon is struggling to replace body armor that is failing to protect American troops from the most lethal attacks of insurgents.

"The ceramic plates in vests worn by most personnel cannot withstand certain munitions the insurgents use. But more than a year after military officials initiated an effort to replace the armor with thicker, more resistant plates, tens of thousands of soldiers are still without the stronger protection because of a string of delays in the Pentagon's procurement system."
Unfortunately for the NYT, its source for the story decided not to grimly take this misreporting as a done deal. Instead he took the whole story, including the NYT's story, to former Green Beret and current columnist Jack Kelly.

The NYT's reputation does not have body armor, and Kelly blows a hole through the Grey Lady -- not just for being biased, but for being flat-out wrong and dishonestly misleading.

Today was a good day for truth. The Times, of course, will probably just pretend the whole thing never happened.