Long chain of custody on this one. From MyDD, via Montana blogs Intelligent Discontent and City Lights:
Montana Republicans Says Dead Soldier Too Stupid to Write NYT Op-Ed (Left in the West)
Sgt. Yance Gray hailed originally from Ismay, Montana. He died earlier this week. His death gained attention because he was one of seven authors of a recent New York Times op-ed criticizing the continued occupation. Now, a prominent Montana Republican is saying Sergeant Gray probably wasn't smart enough to actually write the op-ed.
Barely a week after the death of Montana soldier Yance Gray, Dave Rye is attacking him, suggesting that he was neither intelligent enough to have written an editorial expressing discontent about the war nor able to escape the clutches of liberal propagandists
What the F-ing F?
Dave Rye Says:
September 13th, 2007 at 10:08 am
Pardon my skepticism, and certainly no disrespect for the dead Montana soldier, but in my time in the Army I never heard such a word as "recalcitrant" escape the lips of any Staff Sergeant. I doubt if it’s spoken all that much in Ismay, either.
The soldiers had the help and probably the encouragement of a writer with an agenda, from a newspaper which has always had one. Its continually declining circulation now mainly consists of those who want desperately to consider themselves sophisticated as well as compassionate, even if that means always branding the U.S. as the chief villain on the world stage—-in fact, especially if it does.
I await the inevitable onslaught from outraged liberals. (Is there any other kind?)
Who? Dave Rye?
A consummate news professional, Dave Rye will go to any length to get both sides of a story, and his balanced presentation of the facts has been his hallmark. As evidence of this, Dave twice won the Montana Broadcasters Association award as "TV Broadcaster of the Year," and has also won the MBA "Radio Program of the Year" award.
His occasional forays out of broadcasting have also added to his store of knowledge about his home state. He served in Washington, D.C. for three years on the staff of a member of Congress from Montana, and Dave himself served a term in the Montana State Senate 1991-1995.
He's a consummate something, alright.
Cue the weeklong self-flagellation of Republican presidential candidates! On the record distancing! Rejection of "over-the-top" rhetoric! This is not a drill! Codeword: Souljah! Go! Go! Go!
Yeah, right. IOKIYAR, take 8,562.
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