The Washington Times speculated yesterday that Marine Commandant James Conway might be gearing up to become a lead opponent of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Until we learn more about General Conway’s views on DADT from Conway himself, and what the Obama Administration plans to do should the general move out on an advocacy agenda, we address the Times article by highlighting glaring omissions in Rowan Scarborough's heavily biased reporting.
Scarborough writes, "Most of the senior brass hold deep reservations about President Obama's pledge to end the ban on gays in the military." Most? Deep? Really? Show us the data. (There is none.)
Another omission was any reference to the generational divide within the military. Seventy-three percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, who according to a 2006 Zogby poll are comfortable serving with gay people, unlike the older generation of retired flag officers mentioned in the article who served in the last century.
Fifty years of research conclude unequivocally that openly gay troops have no impact on unit cohesion, morale, or military readiness. That Scarborough and some Beltway media pundits continue to ignore this body of research while amplifying the bigotry of a few individuals is one of the greatest examples of modern journalistic malfeasance.
The Washington Times is after all the country’s conservative newspaper that actually published a totally unreliable, self-selective Internet poll regarding gays in the military. A professional pollster at ABC News compares reliability of that poll's methodology to a "rusted carbine.”