The Rittenhouse Review

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Monday, June 12, 2006  

Not There, Not Then

Karen Spears Zacharias has an interesting op-ed in today's New York Times, "A Time and a Place," in which she argues that funerals for members of the armed forces killed in Iraq, and the hospitals where the injured are being treated, are not appropriate venues for protesting the war in the country. It seems like a no-brainer to me, and, frankly, I was surprised to learn such demonstrations were occurring at all, even if infrequently. Let's be respectful and take it somewhere else.

[Post-publication addendum (June 19): I knew something about this whole thing didn't sound right. The Times on Saturday published the following correction:

[An Op-Ed article on Monday, about demonstrations at military funerals, hospitals and memorial services, incorrectly described the protesters at the military funerals discussed in the article. In some cases, the protesters were members of an anti-gay group, not people opposed to the Iraq war; in others, the families of the dead service members were unable to determine the affiliation of the protesters.

[Hat tip to Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, which not only drew my attention to the correction but launched an activist alert in response to the op-ed after its publication.]

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