Matt Sanchez on "Hannity & Colmes"
The Weekly Standard—so popular in neo-conservative circles "the office of Vice President Dick Cheney alone receives a special delivery of thirty copies"—has attacked reports of war atrocities in Iraq, including eyewitness accounts that one "soldier [ran] over dogs with a Bradley Fighting Vehicle for entertainment and another who played with the skull of a dead Iraqi child. " They've trotted out the best military source, Marine Cpl. Matt Sanchez, described as a "Marine Reservist" who is "[p]resently in Iraq interviewing the troops" and a journalist who "stands behind his work."
"Frankly, I don't believe ANY of this story...I've personally seen guys threatened with severe physical harm for making jokes of any kind about IED victims given the number of casualties all the units on this FOB have sustained. It is not a subject we take lightly."
Matt Sanchez is the real name of former gay-for-pay porn star Rod Majors. In addition to his new career as a right-wing blogger embedded with the troops—very odd, given the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy"—he is also being investigated for a charity scam. In another act of revisionism, Matt Sanchez' Wikipedia entry has deleted any references to his longtime and fairly recent—as of April—career as a male escort.
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