Sunday, May 14, 2006

The New York Times -- Military Geniuses

From the Corrections section of Friday's New York Times:

"An article and a picture caption yesterday about the funeral of Sgt. Jose Gomez of Queens, who was killed on April 20 in Iraq, referred incorrectly to the Army representative who comforted his mother. She was a sergeant first class — an enlisted woman, not an officer. The article also misstated the name of a service medal that a general presented to Sergeant Gomez's mother. It is a Purple Heart, not a Purple Star."

So let me get this straight. Neither the reporter, nor the editors, could differentiate between an officer and an NCO's rank? And they had never heard of the Purple Heart, the oldest military decoration in the American military? (Or, to be kind, maybe they just ate Lucky Charms that morning).

And these are the people we're supposed to trust for expert reporting and analysis on the war in Iraq?