The media couldn’t stop themselves from telling us that Jimmy Lee Dykes, the guy in the standoff with police down there in Alabama, near rural Midland is a Vietnam veteran. The Southern Poverty Law Center rushed out the news on their Hate Watch blog;
The gunman is identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, a Vietnam veteran. On Tuesday afternoon, Dykes allegedly stormed into a school bus in Midland City, Ala., shooting the bus driver four times with a 9 mm pistol before taking a child to an underground bunker behind his home. The bus driver, identified as 66-year-old Charles Poland Jr., later died.
Some media sources, like Fox News were more cautious in their reporting. Well, I got suspicious and asked Mary to check her database of Vietnam veterans. Her database contains even Vietnam Era veterans who never went to Vietnam and there’s no record of Dykes, so that may be the reason that some sources are downplaying that aspect recently. of course, it will take weeks to get anything back from the National Personnel Records Center and be absolutely sure, but at this point, it looks like the media jumped on this on the word of some neighbors or someone who heard it from Dykes – it’s not like we haven’t seen this type of reportage before like Gary Raub, the homeless gnome (here and here) who everyone just believed that he was a veteran because he said so.
Now, Mary’s database might be wrong, but I’ve never had it be wrong before, so….