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In case you missed this nothingburger of a story last week, on Friday, Salon launched an attack on Senator Tom Cotton’s military record, saying that he claimed to be a U.S. Army Ranger, but “that’s not true.” Cotton, a decorated combat veteran who earned the Bronze Star, graduated Army Ranger school and was awarded the Ranger tab, qualifying him to serve in the elite unit. Salon’s claim is based on the fact that Cotton served with the 101st Airborne Division and not the legendary 75th Ranger Regiment.
Showing how liberal media outlets all stick together, Newsweek made an unusual move this week. Reporting on the brouhaha, National Review pointed out that graduates of Ranger school are regularly referred to as Rangers, citing a 2015 Newsweek article reporting on the first two female graduates of Ranger school. The article went on to say that the graduates “will become Rangers.” So how did Newsweek respond? They went back and retroactively edited the six-year-old article to remove the reference to the women as rangers. Insert the #HeadDesk hashtag here. (Fox News)
“Cotton’s communications director Caroline Tabler tells National Review that Cotton’s office contacted Newsweek this weekend to point out that Newsweek had identified the female Ranger school graduates as Army Rangers in 2015,” National Review continued. “Newsweek responded by editing its 2015 story to conform to Salon’s new smear of Cotton. The 2015 Newsweek story no longer says the two women ‘will become rangers’ — the edited version says they ‘will be allowed to wear the coveted Ranger tab on their uniforms.’ (The original Newsweek story can be viewed here.)”
A correction was added to the bottom of Newsweek’s report, stating, “This article has been changed to note that completion of the course allows one to wear the Ranger tab, but does not make one a Ranger.”
This technicality caused a lot of debate on social media, with liberals (many of whom have never put on a uniform) siding with Salon. For the record, even though Salon doubled down on the attack yesterday, noting that their claim had been fact-checked by Snopes (!?), they have yet to provide a single instance where Cotton claimed to have served with the 75th Ranger Regiment. Even Newsweek, in their original 2015 article, noted that the 75th still doesn’t accept female troops.
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