As TruthRevolt’s Hannah Mayer reported on Monday, the HuffPost recently published an America-hating op-ed by David Fagin who claimed soldiers develop racist beliefs as an “unfortunate side effect” of serving their country.
Echoing our disgust, but providing a much-needed insiders perspective, is retired Army Ranger JC Glick who wrote an open letter to the HuffPost to ask for a “public correction or retraction” to its “damaging" piece.
“I cannot more strongly condemn your choice to publish ‘Becoming A Racist: The Unfortunate Side Effect of Serving Your Country?’ (David Fagin, 8/17/17),” Glick writes. “This is irresponsible and damaging journalism, and it merits a response and public correction or retraction.”
Glick found himself troubled by the article’s “flawed logic, incoherent political comments, evidence that is anecdotal at best, and an overall tone of condescension.” As for its “most dangerous propositions,” Glick reminded the author, David Fagin, that not all soldiers experience PTSD and those that do certainly aren’t racist because of it:
Fagin’s argument hinges upon the presupposition that all veterans present and providing security in Charlottesville were suffering from PTSD, but he freely makes this stereotypical assumption with no justification whatsoever. A service member obtains veteran status through all types of combat and non-combat related service, and there are no statistics to support the assumption that every veteran suffers from the effects of post-traumatic stress…
Fagin’s argument fundamentally presumes a direct causal relationship between PTSD and racism—hatred of other groups—but this argument has no basis in science. Nowhere in the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD is there any statement to this effect. To publish an article making such a dangerous claim, unsupported by scientific evidence, is unethical and misleading. Fagin’s only evidence in support of his argument is a case study of his racist uncle, an NYPD lieutenant who never even served in the armed forces. What type of journalism admits this subjective example as credible evidence that all veterans are racists with PTSD?
Glick was also careful to shut down the idea that veterans are “damaged” like Fagin suggested. He does note, however, that veteran suicide is higher than civilian suicide, and that returning soldiers often struggle getting work. But do you know why? Because of articles like this that stereotype a whole swath of good men and women as “damaged” and suffering from PTSD, thereby making them loose cannons.
“This is where journalism, and the professionals associated with journalism, are under severe criticism, and being accused of creating ‘fake new[s],’ where salacious rumors can spread like wildfire even when they have no basis in actuality,” Glick concludes. “Allowing Fagin’s wildly unfounded assertions to persist on Huffington Post is irresponsible, as this article unnecessarily perpetuates ugly stereotypes that need to be toppled. Huffington Post is considered to be a credible news source, and this article falls far below your journalistic standards. I strongly urge you to issue a retraction or correction to this piece.”