The Washington Post has yet to fully explain how it promoted the false story of Army Private Jessica Lynch “fighting to the death” in the first days of Iraq’s liberation. The Post allowed the anti-liberation mob to believe the Pentagon embellished the story of Lynch’s heroism to boost public support for toppling Saddam Hussein’s totalitarian regime.
Though she did not go down firing (She was severely injured in a vehicle crash in a March 23, 2003, ambush), Lynch was a hero just for taking the risks in those first days of the invasion. But when she returned, The Post’s cover-up of The Post’s own irresponsibility allowed Democrats to persuade even Lynch that the Pentagon had been dishonest in reporting her story.
“They chose to lie and tried to make me a legend,” she testified, fairly clearly referring to the Pentagon during her 2007 testimony at a congressional hearing.
So The Washington Post has yet to undo the lie it could have undone within a few days its misleading April 3, 2003, story. It should start by telling the truth to Jessica Lynch herself. Then the reporters and editors who covered up for The Post’s unethical disgrace should resign.