Sunday, November 19, 2006

Columnist fails to note activist's support for Democrats

In her November 19 column, the Kansas City Star's Rhonda Chriss Lokeman quoted Paul Rieckhoff's criticism of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Rieckhoff is the founder and executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Lokeman failed to mention that Rieckhoff served as an adviser to the John Kerry presidential campaign in 2004 and even delivered the Democrats' radio address in 2004. The Kerry campaign immediately publicized Rieckhoff's address.

By failing to note that Rieckhoff was Democrat Party partisan, "military expert" Lokeman creates the impression that he speaks for all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. He does not.

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