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New York Times headline writer allergic to the word “liar”

Boing Boing.net [1]
May 18, 2010

Connecticut Attorney-General Richard Blumenthal gave a speech to military vets in which he claimed that “I served in Vietnam.” However, Blumenthal “obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970” and “anded a coveted spot in the Marine Reserve, which virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam. He joined a unit in Washington that conducted drills and other exercises and focused on local projects, like fixing a campground and organizing a Toys for Tots drive.”

The New York Times has an excellent story [2] on this.

But as John Naughton points out, the Times‘ headline writer didn’t get the memo. The story is headed “Candidate’s Words on Vietnam Service Differ from Reality.”

Euphemism, NYT-style [3]