I’m beginning to get a little more concerned about the editorial staff at The Augusta Chronicle these days. I realize it’s a Republican paper (I did not say conservative), but good journalism should be halfway fair. I sent in a letter to the paper concerning the article “Conservative challenges” by the staff in the June 29 paper, but the article “Lies and the age of cynicism” goes way beyond fairness. You want to talk about lies? Here are a few:
When the Iran-Contra affair occurred, President Reagan said he didn’t know anything about it. The Democrats formed an investigative committee like the present Republican Benghazi one. President George H.W. Bush granted pardons to six Reagan administration officials, including former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, effectively ending the investigation. We all believed that lie.
Secretary of State Colin Powell gave a speech to the U.N. Security Council about weapons of mass destruction, knowing it was wrong, and it ruined an otherwise great career. President George W. Bush gave a similar speech in Cincinnati, knowing it was wrong. Big and costly lies.
Young female soldier Jessica Lynch was seriously hurt when the truck she was riding in overturned. It was reported by the Bush administration that she went down firing her weapon, killing Iraqi soldiers. Exactly the opposite. The soldiers actually saved her life, taking her to a hospital. They also lied about her rescue. No SWAT team was used, as a doctor told them where she was, and they walked in and carried her out.
Then there’s the lie about former Arizona Cardinals football player Pat Tillman, who joined the Army and was killed in action by the enemy. After several months the truth came out. He was killed by friendly fire.
All I’m saying: Be halfway fair in that kind of editorial. We know a lie when we see one, on both sides of the aisle.