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DeVore Camp Disputes L.A. Times Claims

6:00 PM, May 21, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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DeVore Camp Disputes L.A. Times Claims

Chuck DeVore's campaign is pushing back hard against my earlier post about the California Republican Senate candidate. It primarily quoted the Los Angeles Times's coverage of misleading quotations from the candidate himself. The campaign says that DeVore has the audio (accessible here) to back up his claim about being shot at in Lebanon. The campaign is asking the Los Angeles Times for the following corrections, communications director Joshua Treviño told me through an email:

    1)      It quotes Zelnick as saying "they were out of range." Now we have documentary evidence that they weren't: 180 meters is well within the effective range of, for example, an AK-47, which is effective up to 400 meters. Letting the quote stand uncorrected is now demonstrably inaccurate.

       2)      It quotes Dowse on the topic of DeVore implying that his Lebanon experience was military related, and the author draws the same connection. Now you have documentary evidence, via the debate transcripts, that he did no such thing. Even Jim Geraghty at NRO finds this a "stretch":http://bit.ly/abG4O6 -- as does The New Ledger: http://bit.ly/bMDstb

       3)      It quotes Zelnick as saying, "Nothing I saw or experienced could reasonably be interpreted as our having been driven off the hill by Syrian fire." Now you have audio in which an IDF colonel is heard having the group vacate the hill -- due to Syrian fire.

According to the debate transcript, DeVore said:

Well, as I mentioned before, I am the sole candidate on either side of the aisle with military experience. I’m a lieutenant colonel of military intelligence within the U.S. army. This is something that I am proud to have served my nation since 1983, I also worked for Caspar Weinberger in the Pentagon where as a special assistant for foreign affairs and in that capacity traveled on official business to Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan. I have been to Israel 4 times, I’ve studied in Egypt, I’ve been shot at in Lebanon, I’ve experienced the gritty reality of the Middle East.

Notwithstanding DeVore's mentions of studying in Egypt and other non-military biogrphical information, it seems he should have provided more context to clarify that he was not shot at in Lebanon while serving in the military.

Regarding the charge that DeVore exagerrated his military status, I think Jen Rubin gets it right:

On the radio appearance, his aide says that he introduced himself as a reservist. Yes, but the statement was about his present status. In the debate, he also says things like: “Well, as I mentioned before, I am the sole candidate on either side of the aisle with military experience. I’m a lieutenant colonel of military intelligence within the U.S. army.” Hmm. Wouldn’t the average person think he meant “regular Army” in that capacity?

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