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Reporter Ignored GIs In Iraq Voting for McCain to Feature GIs Voting for
Summary of the eRumor: The writer of the eRumor
claims it is from a retired Major General Buckman. He says that his
niece is station in Iraq and was present when Martha Raddatz of ABC
covered a visit to Iraq by Senator and Presidential candidate John McCain.
The email says that Raddatz asked a group of 60 GIs whom they planed to
vote for in November. Fifty-four of them said John McCain and 4 said
Barack Obama. Later in a televised report from Iraq, Raddatz
featured 5 GIs for Obama and didn't mention the 54 for McCain.
The Truth: This forwarded email, which began circulating
in July, 2008, is a hoax.
Martha Raddatz told TruthOrFiction.com that the incident described in the
email did not happen and that she did not meet with 60 GIs.
Additionally, First, Major General Louis C. Buckman has told Martha
Raddatz, that he did not author the email and is upset that his name got
attached to it. In an email to Rddatz he said,
referenced e-mail about the reaction of our men and women in Iraq was not
authored by me. I would not send or forward an e-mail that I knew to be
bogus or untrue and would appreciate it not being associated with me."
Buckman has said the same to others who have contacted him including
bloggers such as Lewis
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Subject: The news is merely someone's selected slant
these days .... not worth the time to watch when you
My niece, Katelyn, stationed at Baluud , Iraq was
assigned, with others of her detachment, to be escort/guard/ watcher for
Martha Raddatz of ABC News as she covered John McCain's recent trip to
Iraq . Katelyn and her Captain stood directly behind Raddatz as she
queried GI's walking past. They kept count of the GI's and you should
remember these numbers. She asked 60 GI's who they planned to vote for in
November. 54 said John McCain, 4 for Obama and 2 for Hillary. Katelyn
called home and told her Mom and Dad to watch ABC news the next night
because she was standing directly behind Raddatz and maybe they'd see her
on TV. Mom and Dad of course, called and emailed all the kinfolk to watch
the newscast and maybe see Katelyn. Well, of course, we all watched and
what we saw wasn't a glimpse of Katelyn, but got a hell' uva view of
skewed news. After a dissertation on McCain's trip and speech, ABC showed
5 GI's being asked by Raddatz how they were going to vote in November; 3
for Obama and 2 for Clinton . No mention of the 54 for McCain.
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