The New York Times Carlos Slim’s blog got caught in a lie today about Donald Trump’s military service.
The Times’ bloggers Steve Eder and David Phillips write:
Many men of Mr. Trump’s age were looking for ways to avoid the war, said Charles Freehof, a draft counselor at Brooklyn College at the time, noting that getting a letter from a physician was a particularly effective option.
“We had very little trouble with people coming back saying, ‘They wouldn’t accept my doctor’s note,’” Mr. Freehof said.
Mr. Trump had a 1-Y classification, which was considered a temporary exemption. But in practice, only a national emergency or an official declaration of war, which the United States avoided during the fighting in Vietnam, would have resulted in his being considered for service.
Neither occurred, and Mr. Trump remained 1-Y until 1972, when his status changed to 4-F, permanently disqualifying him.
“For all practical purposes, once you got the 1-Y, you were free and clear of vulnerability for the draft, even in the case of the lottery,” Mr. [Richard] Flahavan [of the Selective Service] said.
Did you catch that slight of hand there?
Their whole argument is based on the assumption that TRUMP did something to move his classification, which was not the case. SAD!
The suggestion is that Trump wanted out of the draft. The real story is that the 1-Y category was discontinued in December 1971 and all 1-Y candidates were automatically made 4-F. The Chicago Tribune wrote about it on November 3, 1971 in an article titled, “Draft Kills 1Y Classification; New Board Rules Established.”
The Times’ bloggers were either too lazy or too stupid to find this obvious change.
“A major change not required by law wipes out the catchall 1Y classification that lumped together men with borderline physical disqualifications, homosexuals, criminals and a variety of others. From now on a man in this area will be given 4F as physically unfit, 1A-RR1, meaning being adjudicated, 1A-AO, meaning acceptance undetermined.”
In other words Trump was put into the 1Y category because of his foot injury, and was absolutely the reason he was reclassified to 4F. Note the phrase “borderline.” It’s important. It means that Trump wasn’t lying when he said the following to the Times’s bloggers.
Still, Mr. Trump, in the interviews, said he believed he could have been subject to another physical exam to check on his bone spurs, had his draft number been called. “I would have had to go eventually because that was a minor medical — it was called ‘minor medical,’” he said.
But the publicly available draft records of Mr. Trump include the letters “DISQ” next to his exam date, with no notation indicating that he would be re-examined.
The Times lied; Trump told the truth.
Donald Trump has said that he is planning to bar the New York Times from his events. He should. Their interests and his interests aren’t aligned.
The Times, backed as it is by a Mexican-Lebanese billionaire like Carlos Slim, doesn’t have Trump’s (or America’s) interests at heart. He has his own. Trump’s goal of building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico would adversely affect Slim’s interests. If Slim got really hurt by renegotiating NAFTA he might have still less money to lavish on his journalism hobby and a whole lot of New York Times reporters would be out of work. More than have currently lost their jobs. The Times’s skin in the game is toward a more globalist world view. Trump has the opposite interests. He wants to “Make America Great Again.”
We’ve focused a lot on the New York Times’s lying bloggers at GotNews.com. We exposed how they lied about how Judge Curiel’s parents became citizens when they didn’t. And we’ve pointed out that the gay “reporter” sent to smear Trump on his rapport with women makes things up. To say nothing of the numerous hoaxes we’ve exploded largely to Trump’s benefit.