Saturday, June 12, 2010


It looks like someone's reading Nitpicker, although it seems they'd rather die than admit it.
When Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk says he repeatedly deployed to Afghanistan with the Navy, he's referring to two-week training missions as part of his annual reservist requirements.

After acknowledging a series of misstatements that embellished his Navy service, Kirk is being challenged over his use of the military term "deployment," and this could be yet another opportunity for critics to parse his words in what has recently become a resume-bashing battle with Democratic Senate opponent Alexi Giannoulias.

Deployment can mean more than one thing in the military, but it is often used to describe service members going off to war for an extended time.

Navy Cmdr. Danny Hernandez said there is a difference between annual training and being deployed, which can sometimes last more than a year.

"I would think that would be (considered) two weeks of annual training," Hernandez, a Navy spokesman, said of Kirk's stints. "A deployment is a deployment and annual training is annual training."
Thank you, CDR Hernandez, you've confirmed what I've been saying for some time.


Blogger Tom Betz said...

Actually, Ted McClelland sort of admitted he was reading you three days ago, by linking to you on Twitter.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

True, but I just found the fact this article says "Kirk is being challenged over his use of the military term "deployment..." but doesn't say who challenged him on that fact.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

Oh, and the Washington Post reported on Kirk's award and other issues without mentioning me or Ellen of the Tenth, as HuffPo pointed out.

Ditto Adam Nagourney of the New York Times, whose story was actually about the difficulty of lying in the new media environment, yet he left out the fact the claims weren't just uncovered because they were available online, but were actually uncovered by reporters and bloggers working in that medium.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Ray said...

BEST COMMENT EVER, from "blink2003" in the comments section of the Trib story:

>I deployed a Kirk in the toilet is morning.

10:27 AM  

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