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Someday, the news media may get around to re-examining the assumption that killing foreigners in thei…

Someday, the news media may get around to re-examining the assumption that killing foreigners in their own country is the best patriotic credential imaginable. A front-page New York Times story the other day referred to Sen. John McCain as the most popular national political figure in the country. McCain built his career in politics while news accounts routinely described him as a war hero, with frequent references to the captivity and torture that he withstood for years after a North Vietnamese missile brought him down from a plane he was piloting over Hanoi. Media outlets rarely put a fine point on the fact that McCain had been dropping bombs on civilians.

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