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The NY Times — the only New York paper to ignore Lt. Michael Murphy

From The New York Post:
The New York Crimes: Medal Of Dis-Honor For The Gray Lady
By Bill Sanderson And Selim Algar
October 13, 2007 — The posthumous award of the nation’s highest battlefield honor to a Long Island war hero has become an other black mark for the Gray Lady.
The New York Times carried not a whisper of news yesterday about the bestowal of the Medal of Honor to Navy Lt. Michael Murphy of Patchogue – the first time the honor has been given for action in Afghanistan.
Area veterans, as well as Murphy’s neighbors, were out raged – but not all that surprised – that the paper carried nothing about Murphy in Friday’s editions, unlike The Post, The Daily News and Newsday, which all carried prominent reports and photos.
“If he had killed 15 people, he’d be on the front page of their newspaper,” fumed James Casey of Malverne, a Vietnam vet and past commander of the state American Legion organization.
“It’s amazing that a Long Islander and a New Yorker can receive the highest commendation this country can bestow and the Times doesn’t see fit to mention it – especially on the heels of the Gen. Petraeus MoveOn.org ad,” said Casey – referring to the paper’s decision to run a full-page ad from a liberal group containing the headline words “General Betray Us.”
The Times seemed alone in ignoring Thursday’s White House announcement of Murphy’s honor.
In addition to the local coverage, some out-of-town papers, including The Denver Post and The Los Angeles Times, covered the news with their own reporters.
… It wasn’t the first time the Times gave short shrift to such a story. The paper ran just one paragraph about the posthumous awarding of the Medal of Honor to Cpl. Jason Dunham, a U.S. Marine from upstate killed in Iraq in 2004. That paragraph ran in January in the middle of a story about congressional opposition to Bush’s Iraq war plans.

Tom Gross — Tom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.

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