Say what you want about Rick Perry, but the man is a patriot and came to the defense of an American hero over the weekend.
In a story that was largely glossed over by all of the media, not just the Liberals, though that’s an blinding glimpse of the obvious here, Rick Perry came to the defense of American Sniper hero Chris Kyle. Apparently, a Liberal blog called “The Intercept” wrote a scathing, character assassination piece calling Kyle a liar and not the hero we all though him to be.
And this pissed off Rick Perry to no end. Quite frankly, I don’t blame him.
In a stunning display of inadequate research, slanted interpretation of valid data and some overly dramatic language, The Intercept, little more than a click-hungry website, took aim at the reputation of a bona fide American hero. Unfortunately, more mainstream publications lofted their accusations into the national consciousness with little thought.
The guiding premise of the article was that Chris Kyle, known to a grateful nation as its best-ever sniper in multiple combat zones, was a liar. The writer’s assertion is that Kyle laid claim to more medals than the military had awarded him for his valor in combat. At issue was a disparity between Kyle’s account in his book, “American Sniper,” records obtained from a seemingly indifferent Navy through a Freedom of Information Act request and Kyle’s official DD-214. The first mentioned two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars, the Navy recalled one Silver Star and 3 Bronze Stars and the DD-214 credited him with TWO Silver Stars and SIX Bronze Stars.
If there is any inaccuracy in Kyle’s account it’s that he didn’t take ENOUGH credit for his awards.
BOOM! Perry is on fire and couldn’t be more correct here. He went on.
This article is part of a disturbing trend in the left-leaning press to undermine the heroism of men and women who are willing to risk their lives in the defense of our nation’s freedom.
I am calling on people of conscience to join me in calling for the retraction and deletion of the offending article and reprimand of the Navy personnel who have fed this misperception with their lackadaisical handling of the original information request. Both also owe an apology to Taya, Chris Kyle’s loving widow, and to service members, past and present, for disparaging one of their own.
This request might seem odd from someone who is committed to the constitutional freedoms our military fights to defend, but freedom of speech and deliberate libel are two entirely different things.
To honor the memory of an American hero, the latter cannot be tolerated.
And we couldn’t agree more. Email The Intercept right now and demand this be retracted! We’re doing it as we type this.
(Source: Fox News)