That’s the banner headline splashed across Matt Drudge’s news site at the moment (no separate link to the story) and this is the text that follows:

Jessica Lynch criticized military for exaggerating accounts of her rescue and recasting her ordeal as patriotic fable…. MORE.. Asked by ABCNEWS anchor Diane Sawyer if military’s portrayal of rescue bothered her, Lynch said: ‘Yeah, it does. It does that they used me as a way to symbolize all this stuff. Yeah, it’s wrong’ … Asked how she felt about reports of her heroism: ‘It hurt in a way that people would make up stories that they had no truth about. Only I would have been able to know that, because the other four people on my vehicle aren’t here to tell the story. So I would have been the only one able to say, Yeah, I went down shooting. But I didn’t’ … Asked about claims the military exaggerated danger of the rescue mission: ‘Yeah, I don’t think it happened quite like that’…

Tri-dots are Drudge’s. Lynch’s story as told by the military, with its made-for-TV action and heroism, defied belief from the very beginning, and I congratulate Lynch for having the courage to speak out about it. (After all, the BS from the Army only made her look good.) It only underscores why so many Americans have a hard time believing anything their government tells them.

Update: More here.

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