| 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
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
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
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
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
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
You gotta love the Marines!
|End Of Original email: