Accuracy in Media

The trashing of American heroes is one of the basic procedures of the hate-America crowd in the U.S. media. This media strategy of belittling heroic figures in American history is a noticeable part of the agenda to dismantle and undermine the heritage on which the U.S. is built. The media campaign to tear down Thomas Jefferson, by smearing him as one who had sexual relations with a mulatto slave, comes to mind as an example.

The latest example is a Sunday New York Times article trashing Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale. Hale, a Connecticut schoolteacher and graduate of Yale University, was a captain in the Continental Army when he volunteered to go behind British lines in Long Island in 1776 as a spy to gather information on British troop strength and plans. The story of his fearless patriotism and bravery in the face of death by hanging once he was discovered is one of the inspiring stories in American history.

Before he was hanged by his British executioner, he was asked if he had any final words and he said, “I only regret I have but one life to lose for my country.” The CIA website notes that his story “has served as an inspiration for other patriots who have entered the profession of intelligence gathering and as an example of the highest degree of commitment, honor, and the willingness to sacrifice for what you believe in.” But in its stridently negative hit-piece on Hale, the Times refers to Hale’s “blunders,” his “monumentally na?ve mistakes,” his “inexperienced espionage,” and his “failure as a spy.” The Times article quotes a Library of Congress “historian” who calls Hale “stupid.”

This blatantly negative New York Times hit piece even tries to cast doubt on Hale’s heroism, saying that Hale was only “reputed to have uttered his famous line, ‘I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.'” The Times works to denigrate Hale’s dying statement further by calling it “probably a paraphrase of a line from a popular play by the British writer Joseph Addison.” On the other hand, the Times article calls the man responsible for deceiving Hale and causing his capture and death a “British hero.”

The antagonistic Times article on Hale was based on a recently unearthed manuscript at the Library of Congress which was written at the time of the American Revolution by Consider Tiffany, described by the Times as “a Connecticut storekeeper and British sympathizer.” A descendant of Tiffany donated the manuscript to the Library of Congress in the year 2000.

In its article, the Times tries to outdo “British sympathizer” Tiffany in its lack of sympathy for Hale. This bashing of Hale is taken directly from the media’s trash-America playbook. Despite the recent scandal which has shaken the newspaper to its very foundations, the disgraced Times shows no let-up in its far-left agenda. Remember that this is the same paper that glorified Fidel Castro and covered up Stalin’s crimes. But going after American patriot Nathan Hale is perfectly acceptable, even though the source was obviously biased against the American revolution.

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