Rick Perry fires at ugly smear of American Sniper Chris Kyle, demands apologies

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In a Fox News opinion piece, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry slammed a report that claimed Chris Kyle lied about his Navy medal count.

Perry called out the Intercept, the publication that ran the recent article alleging that Kyle, the late Navy Seal known as the “American Sniper,” distorted the record by claiming he received two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars for valor.

“In a stunning display of inadequate research, slanted interpretation of valid data and some overly dramatic language, The Intercept, little more than a click-hungry website, took aim at the reputation of a bona fide American hero,” Perry wrote in the op-ed that was published on Monday.

Perry blasted the “left-wing publication” and its team of writers “whose only knowledge of the military was likely acquired while Googling derogatory slogans to scrawl on protest signs.”

The article had accused Kyle of claiming to have more medals than he had been awarded, as Perry noted.

“At issue was a disparity between Kyle’s account in his book, ‘American Sniper,’ records obtained from a seemingly indifferent Navy through a Freedom of Information Act request and Kyle’s official DD-214,” Perry wrote. “The first mentioned two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars, the Navy recalled one Silver Star and 3 Bronze Stars and the DD-214 credited him with TWO Silver Stars and SIX Bronze Stars.”

“If there is any inaccuracy in Kyle’s account it’s that he didn’t take ENOUGH credit for his awards,” Perry added.

He called the article part of “a disturbing trend in the left-leaning press to undermine the heroism of men and women who are willing to risk their lives in the defense of our nation’s freedom.”

Perry questioned whether the trend was a “byproduct of nearly eight years of an arch-liberal in the Oval Office” and called for retractions and apologies as “freedom of speech and deliberate libel are two entirely different things.”

“I am calling on people of conscience to join me in calling for the retraction and deletion of the offending article and reprimand of the Navy personnel who have fed this misperception with their lackadaisical handling of the original information request,” said Perry in the Memorial Day piece.  “Both also owe an apology to Taya, Chris Kyle’s loving widow, and to service members, past and present, for disparaging one of their own.”

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