TODAY’S LETTERS: MoveOn.org, General Petraeus And Newspaper Names

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By: E&P Staff

Readers wrote in today about the MoveOn.org ads in The New York Times, General Petraeus, and the root of some curious newspaper names.


‘NY Times’ Public Editor Criticizes ‘Betray Us’ Ad — MoveOn Says It Will Now Pay Full Rate
Although he writes for the Times, Clark Hoyt is clearly a foot soldier of the radical right because his column also attacked the MoveOn ad and repeated the rightwing talking points that you cannot attack a general.

Only a wingnut would write what Hoyt did. He has a rightwing political agenda. He cannot be an ombudsman — he must be fired.

P. Shimansky


AP Poll: Petraeus Report Does Nothing to Shake Antiwar Mood of Public?
Would a general not named Petraeus fudge the truth? One named Colin Powell, for example, with this statement to the U.N. in February 2003:

“Our conservative estimate is that Iraq today has a stockpile of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical weapons agent. That is enough agent to fill 16,000 battlefield rockets. Even the low end of 100 tons of agent would enable Saddam Hussein to cause mass casualties across more than 100 square miles of territory, an area nearly five times the size of Manhattan.”

Powell showed slides of “mobile production facilities for biological agents.” They turned out to be hydrogen generation units to fill weather balloons used for conventional artillery operations. Every one of Powell’s major claims in that long presentation were discredited, and he would eventually call the speech a painful blot on his record.

I’m sending a contribution to MoveOn.

Bill Dunn



A Top U.S. General in Iraq Blames Public’s Antiwar Views on the Media
General Lynch, discussed in your article above, is exactly right. Your profession, dominated by leftist “journalists” at the major papers and news outlets has so polluted the public discussion with their innacuracies, biases and full blown lies on what Saddam Hussein was up to and what Iraq would be doing if we hadn’t invaded, what’s been accomplished since his removal (as card carrying members of the leftist media I am sure you think it’s cute to snicker at even the notion of ANY progress being made in Iraq) and what would happen if U.S. led forces left that the majority of the public is clueless about Iraq.

Your profession ought to be ashamed at the shallow, lazy, biased job they’ve done covering this war. There’s been exceptions but by and large they’ve been utter failures.

It’s a shame that you’d never actually look at exposing all the phony Haditha massacres and Koran flushing nonsense stories or some of the men and women who have risked their lives to fight al Qaeda on America’s behalf as has been happening throughout Anbar. Today’s America media wasn’t and isn’t up to this task and has been an utter disgrace.

Mark Eichenlaub


New Book Explores Wacky Newspaper Names: From ‘Bazoo’ to ‘Fishwrapper’

I enjoyed your article about unusual newspaper names.

I believe I have found the origin of the name Jimplecute – see this following link.


Doug Fox
Worcester, Mass.

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