Boycott Watch
April 11, 2006
NPR Interview of USMC General - Email Is Not True
   Summary: An email is circulating claiming an NPR interview between a US Marine Corps General and an NPR interviewer regarding teaching Boy Scouts how to shoot.
   While some may like to believe the email circulating about a US Marine Corps General hammering an NPR interviewer is real, it is not. For starters, people need look at such emails for documentation, of which the email in question has none. Alarm bells should be ringing in people heads when they see an email claiming an event occurred, yet has no date, no time, no show name, no interviewer name, no radio station name or any other indicator of when the event occurred. The original sender did not even sign his name. In essence, there is no documentation, not even false documentation.

   Second, NPR denies the even ever occurred with a statement on their website. The fact that NPR made a special page lends insight to the number of requests for information NPR received. Sure, some people will say that NPR is just denying the event to protect itself, but one should ask the obvious question - if it was real, wouldn't the NRA or other major organization use it as a rallying cry? Sure, but they have not, and that is because it did not happen.

   Additionally, Boycott Watch independently confirmed the claim in NPR's statement that the USMC has "no record of a 'General Reinwald' ever having served in any branch of the armed forces." Speaking of documentation, the email did not contain the first name of the general, his proper rank, nor which Marine division he serves in. It is proper etiquette to address members of the military with proper rank, and the email in question did no such thing.

   NPR summed it up: "There's a story going around about a woman reporter for NPR who interviewed a General Reinwald. This "interview" is a long standing Internet hoax. It began as a spoof on the BBC and made its way to the U.S. about 8 years ago."

   Boycott Watch considered the email below to be false.
Start Of Original email:

Subject: Greatest comeback line

Marine Corp's General Reinwald was interviewed on the radio the other day and you have to read his reply to the lady who interviewed him concerning guns and children. Regardless of how you feel about gun laws you gotta love this!!!! This is one of the best comeback lines of all time. It is a portion of National Public Radio (NPR) interview between a female broadcaster and US Marine Corps General Reinwald who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military installation.

So, General Reinwald, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?

We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery, and shooting.

Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?

I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range.

Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?

I don't see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.

But you're equipping them to become violent killers.

Well, Ma'am, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you?

The radio went silent and the interview ended.

You gotta love the Marines!
End Of Original email:

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