GOP Senate candidate Mark Kirk caught lying about military award he didn’t get

He lied about it repeatedly. Washington Post:

The Republican candidate for President Obama’s old Senate seat has admitted to inaccurately claiming he received the U.S. Navy’s Intelligence Officer of the Year award for his service during NATO’s conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s.

Rep. Mark Kirk, a Navy reservist who was elected to Congress in 2001, acknowledged the error in his official biography after The Washington Post began looking into whether he had received the prestigious award, which is given by top Navy officials to a single individual annually.

Kirk, whose campaign has emphasized his military service as a reservist, similarly misstated the award during a House committee hearing in March 2002. In a remark recorded by C-Span, he said, “I was the Navy’s Intelligence Officer of the Year,” an achievement he depicted as providing special qualifications to discuss national security spending.

Media Matters would like to know if the Sunday shows are going to cover this story as much as they did the story about Connecticut Democratic Senatorial candidate Richard Blumenthal saying that he has served in Vietnam when in fact he did serve in the military during the Vietnam War, just not on the ground in Vietnam.

Following The New York Times’ wildly misleading hit piece on Connecticut attorney general and Democratic senatorial candidate Richard Blumenthal, last weekend’s Sunday shows devoted significant attention to the allegations that Blumenthal had misrepresented part of his military service.

According to a Nexis search:

Fox News Sunday devoted 480 words to the Blumenthal story.

NBC’s Meet the Press, meanwhile, devoted 598 words to the Blumenthal story.

And ABC’s This Week devoted 1,363 words to the story (including gross falsehoods advanced by George Will about related matters).

This Sunday, those same shows should devote comparable attention to a prominent Republican Senate candidate who reportedly made false claims about his own military record.


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