22:34 24 Jul 2003
Yesterday I posted a piece about the Jessica Lynch homecoming under the subject “NO BIAS HERE“. I said it was “venom” and “bitter.” I didn’t post the name of the writer (although I did consider slandering her).
Today a letter appeared in The Charleston Daily Mail from Deanna Wren, under who’s byline the Reuters story ran. This is an excerpt from her letter:
This is from a story that Reuters news service ran this week with my byline:
“Jessica Lynch, the wounded Army private whose ordeal in Iraq was hyped into a media fiction of U.S. heroism, was set for an emotional homecoming on Tuesday . . . Media critics say the TV cameras will not show the return of an injured soldier so much as a reality-TV drama co-produced by U.S. government propaganda and credulous reporters.”
Got problems with that?
I do, especially since I didn’t write it.
She claims that only a few lines at the end of the story are hers. Maybe she’s just covering her donkey after a flood of negative reaction, but I’m inclined to believe her. So not only are the lead paragraphs of the story a load of bantha poodoo, but whoever wrote those paragraphs is too big of a coward to own up to them.