What Fresh Hell Is This?

October 8, 2005

Some more about Pat Tillman

As you'll no doubt recall, I posted this more than a week ago here at 2PJ.

If you need to take a few moments to reacquaint yourself with the posting, be my guest.

Here's some new stuff on the story.

Ann Coulter doesn't believe it. Mediamatters.org has a transcript of the discussion. Colmes confronted Coulter with the story and she said:
I really don't believe that, and I think you got it from one of those documents Mary Mapes handed to Dan Rather.
In short, she made a joke out of Pat Tillman's death.

Nice going, Ann.

The Nation has a longer piece on this. They point out that:
It must have been quite a moment for Coulter, who upon Tillman's death described him in her inimitably creepy fashion as "an American original--virtuous, pure and masculine like only an American male can be." She tried to discredit the story as San Francisco agitprop, but this approach ran into a slight problem: The article's source was Pat Tillman's mother, Mary.
And we should probably take a look at the context of Coulter's quotation. It was from an "end of the year" column. Take a look at it here. The woman who claims that liberals are destroying civil discourse makes a number of interesting insults in her thousand or so words. Some examples:

She calls Senators Kerry and Edwards:
an America-bashing trophy husband and his blow-dried, ambulance-chasing sidekick.
And then there's this complete paragraph:
Surprisingly, Teresa [Heinz Kerry] never became a major campaign issue. It turned out that supporters of a phony war hero who preyed on rich widows were also OK with the notion of a first lady who might use the F-word during Rose Garden press conferences. By the same token, anyone who was put off by the not-so-affable Eva Peron of American politics already didn't like John Kerry - thanks largely to John O'Neill and the Swiftboat Veterans.
John Kerry: an America-bashing trophy husband and phony war hero who preys on rich widows. Yea, it's the liberals who are debasing civil discourse in Murika

Then she compares Pat Tillman and John Kerry:
American hero Pat Tillman won a Silver Star this year. But unlike Kerry, he did not write his own recommendation or live to throw his medals over the White House fence in an anti-war rally.

Tillman was an American original: virtuous, pure and masculine like only an American male can be. The stunningly handsome athlete walked away from a three-year, $3.6 million NFL contract with the Arizona Cardinals to join the U.S. military and fight in Afghanistan, where he was killed in April.

He wanted no publicity and granted no interviews about his decision to leave pro football in the prime of his career and join the Army Rangers. (Most perplexing to Democrats, he didn't even take a home movie camera to a war zone in order to create fake footage for future political campaigns in which he would constantly palaver about his military service and drag around his "Band of Brothers" for the media.)
Hmm - all I can do is quote something that the San Francisco Chronicle points out:
Interviews also show a side of Pat Tillman not widely known — a fiercely independent thinker who enlisted, fought and died in service to his country yet was critical of President Bush and opposed the war in Iraq, where he served a tour of duty.
He fought and died in service of his country - even when he disagreed with the policies that put him there.

Pat Tillman, American hero.

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1 comment:

Ol' Froth said...

What do you expect from fascists like Coulter and Hannity?