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NBC Relents: Honors Medal of Honor Recipient Michael P. Murphy

October 17, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
October 17, 2007

Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Channel has been wondering why The New York Times and NBC News have completely overlooked a wonderful and inspiring story of American heroism: that of Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy.

The Navy has announced that Lt. Murphy will receive the Medal of Honor (posthumously).

Medal of Honor

From left to right, the Army, Navy/Marine Corps and Air Force medals

Lt. Michael Murphy, while shot and wounded in Afghanistan, managed to crawl onto a ridgeline and radio headquarters at the nearby air base for reinforcements. He later died of his wounds. He will be awarded the Medal of Honor on October 22.

The medal recognizes valor in action against an enemy force.After the story broke, nearly every news organization in America picked it up and ran with it. All but two.

The liberal New York Times and your China-loving Olympics TV network, NBC, were stonily silent on the heroism of Lt. Murphy.

Mr. O’Reilly of FNC launched into one of his rants — which lasted for days.

This morning, on the NBC “Today Show,” Matt Lauer interviewed Lt. Murphy’s parents and Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklashevski reported on Lt. Murphy’s heroic service.

Congratulation to Mr. O’Reilly and a belated congratulations to NBC.

As for the New York Times, we cancelled our subscription.

Related:
Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy to receive Medal of Honor from the President
and
New York Times, Medal of Honor and Shame to Journalists

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New York Times, Medal of Honor and Shame to Journalists

October 16, 2007

The New York Post

October 13, 2007 — Every major daily paper in New York took note of President Bush’s deci sion to bestow the first Medal of Honor of Operation Enduring Freedom on Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy – a Long Islander who gave his life for his country and his fellow SEALs.

Every paper but one, that is.

And it shouldn’t be particularly hard to guess which one.

By now, most folks know exactly how much The New York Times despises the U.S. military.

How it detests any mission that involves U.S. troops – whether to protect Americans by killing terrorists or to help stave off a bloodbath in the Middle East.

How the paper works tirelessly to promote its anti-war, anti-military agenda – even in its supposedly objective news pages.

So while Bush’s announcement merited stories and appreciative editorials in The Post, The New York Sun, the Daily News and even the front page of liberal Newsday, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that the Times didn’t publish a single word about Murphy’s well-deserved honor.

What did the paper of record focus on yesterday? No fewer than three stories reported on how Americans had killed innocent Iraqi civilians.

Regarding the war, of course, the Times’ “coverage” was pernicious long before the fighting began.

Since then, it has focused obsessively on the mistakes and sins of American GIs (Abu Ghraib, anyone?) – and rarely has it played up U.S. victories.

Indeed, it would be hard to cite a news outlet more responsible for sapping U.S. morale – and emboldening America’s enemies – than the Times.

But Murphy was a New Yorker.

He served with unusual valor and distinction in Afghanistan.

When Taliban militants ambushed his four-man team in 2005, he risked his life scrambling to an open spot to radio for help. He got his call through, but was later killed in the battle.

Surely even editors at the Times could have had the heart to report – if not honor – such courage and self-sacrifice.

Unless, of course, they’re so blinded by their disdain for America’s fighting men and women and their missions that they just can’t muster the decency to do so.

That must be it.