Military Times Releases ‘Hit Piece’ Against Duffel Blog, Calls Stories ‘Fake’ Paul August 14, 2012 Site News 40 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: PrevNextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse WASHINGTON — Senior editors and contributors to the popular military news website Duffel Blog were outraged today after learning of a recent “hit piece” released by Military Times. The story, which is portrayed as an exposé of the Duffel Blog website, was released this week to all Military Times publications, including Marine, Army, Navy, and Air Force Times. The author of the story was Gina Harkins, Staff Writer for the Marine Times. “I absolutely cannot believe the levels that Military Times will go to try to marginalize our news organization,” said Duffel Blog founder Paul Szoldra. “We are the #1 military news organization in the world. I have always said that we would take on and beat Mil-Times and Stars & Stripes.” “The jealousy in their newsrooms is quite obvious,” he added. The story begins by saying Szoldra is a “former Marine infantryman [who] runs a fake military news website.” Contributing editor SGT B said that this is clearly a case of anger over the high standards of quality, journalistic integrity, and the exclusive, breaking stories that Duffel Blog always provides. “The article talks about our exclusive story on Colonel Richoux banning chairs at MacDill Air Force base as if it were a joke,” said SGT B, who is currently on assignment in Afghanistan. “Tell that to the airmen who are currently without goddamn chairs in their office at MacDill. Ask them if it’s a joke!” One reader of Duffel Blog, who is a self-described “Duffel Blog News Junkie” and avid commenter, took to Facebook to voice his concerns. “I first learned of DB when they broke the exclusive about Vietnam Vets outraged over the USS Jane Fonda,” said Ron Johnson. “I immediately took to the comments and told the world that Jane Fonda was a communist whore, then I became a fan for life.” “This type of slander against a legitimate and important news organization is really uncalled for.” While many readers of the Military Times newspapers may find themselves confused by the story, Szoldra believes that eventually “the truth will win the day.” “I think that the real people who enjoy the news that we provide know that we are the absolute best,” said Szoldra. “I mean, really, these people [Military Times reporters] probably sit in their cushy offices in D.C. wearing Tapout gear, which as you know, the DoD has already banned for all military personnel.” Szoldra continued: “It just goes to show you how disconnected these so-called ‘military reporters’ really are from their audience.” The Duffel Blog legal team, led by Barracks Lawyer Private First Class Evan Rodriguez, is exploring the possibility of a $20 million lawsuit against The Times over allegations of slander, libel, emotional distress, sexual harassment, and the wrongful death of our beloved kitten, Mittens, who committed suicide due to the stress the article caused him. Margaret Trombley says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM lol John Alvares says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM I love you guys! Philip D. Cave says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM Love the show. Bob Mitchell says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM RIP Mittens. Terry Crihfield says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM Poor Mittens… Politically Incorrect Guys ("PIG") says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM It’s real to me, goddamnit! Brandon Smith says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM Poor Mittens… :'( Craig Frint says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM NO NOT MITTENS!! YOU BASTARDSS ARE GONNA…oh a ducky! Pepe Tandazo says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM Oh no Mittens is dead. Damn it army times Jackson Irish says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM How dare they attack TDB like this! It’s just another example of a typical liberal media outlet. David Herrera says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM This shit is hilarious “wearing tapout gear” awesome Mike Burtenshaw says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM AAAHHHHH this post is satire right? I read the Army Times article. It was very complimentary. Kenneth Anuszewski says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM Mittens will be missed, as I’m typeing this I’m pooring whole Milk on the ground for By battle Mittens. Mike Harris Sr. says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM I was a Latrine Lawyer Sergeant, in the time it took to shave and brush teeth, I advised many troopers on the best way to plead to an Article 15 and avoid guard duty. I am outraged on this attack on the very best military news site there is. Sign me 19 Delta 20. Scouts out! Dudley Toelke says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM I’ve read all the replies to this article and am beginning to believe that everything TDB writes is just…satire. I think I’m shocked. Well, maybe not shocked, just mildly distressed…or possibly concerned. That’s it! Concerned. Sherri Seiber says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM My prayers go out to Mitten’s family. RIP Miittens. Keep up the good work Dufflel Bag. Jerry Beingesser says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM Does PFC Rodriquez handle DUI cases? Chad Underdonk says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM a link to the Navy’s Times story… http://www.navytimes.com/news/2012/08/navy-sailor-duffel-blog-fake-news-spoof-081412/ Donna Warren says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM I bet if it was other way around Sumn would b done!! Mike Harris says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM the military times is a government run news agency. keep that in mind. TDB is exposing the truth of the world and Big Brother doesn’t like it. id listen to Al-Jazzer or whatever the fuck it is before I believe anything from the military times. lol! thank you TDB for keeping us well informed on all the real shit we really care about. yut. Mrsg- N-Greyhawk says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM Where do I click for the dirty jokes? Justin E. Miller says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM Like I said on your Facebook wall, at least you guys admit that what you publish is complete crap, unlike the Military Times. Jonn Lilyea says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM I’d believe an article on TDB before I’d believe one written by Rick Maze, published by mega-pussy, back stabbing, cry baby Tobias Naegele. I’m sorry, am I acting like this story is real? Janet Backman says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM LOL Awww poor mittens! Damn them! Steven Melendez says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM it’s back Richard Dickson says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM Gannett and their minions in the Military Times need to concentrate on their disinformation and propaganda. They have covered up all murders, rapes, hazing, hacking and stalking going on in the military and defense contracting firms. The Navy Times sued StratCom for covering up their hostile work environment, but dd not follow through on the rest of the story. StratCom has been involved in 14 murders and 6 attemped murders in the last 10 years. Gannett and the Military Times goons covered up it up. Another StratCom goon (USAF CMSgt. Arthur Rivera) was arrested for stalking and harassing a woman for 7 years. Where was the Military Times, you ask? Writing nonsensical drivel about DuffelBlog. Walt White says: January 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM Aw hell! Looks like Milnews is just butthurt cause TDB keeps scooping them. Ah Wah. Erin says: September 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM Kevin…. Your LOLZ-speak makes me want to kill more kittens. Cheers. Kevin P. McQuade says: September 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM Now I AM GLAD I DID NOT GO TO COLE LAGE’ !! 90 day shakin & bakin pruved dat whilyst I waz miss pelin werdz on “miey lie’s” Taught ME SHIT RUNS DOWN HILL CUSZ THAT’S USUALLY ALL THAT CUMZ OUTTA SUMA THOSEZ THIER COLLEGE EDUMACATED MOUTHS IS SHIT! Rank to me has always been a REAL BAD SMELL! Not a MONOpoly on BRAINS OR BALLZ! Not PC! on IFR on course on glide path 100-50-25-you should be able to SEE THE RUNaWAYz wheels DOWN! Who just got PUT DOWN! on THIER KNEES? no one who wasn’t there ALREADY!! BDFB sorry I just GO OFF& on& off& ON Kevin P. McQuade says: September 8, 2012 at 5:47 PM Dey kiwwed KITTEEE?? TDB #1 all mil mewz # 1o,ooo!! BDFB in/out/ some where between lost & found/ state of confusion/Corner of telephone & telephone!/Oscar (1) Bravo( brain) Charlie (cell) Lima Email Lu Lu(LEFT) OBCL. BDFB ? 62 yrs old and I have to dumb dn. to the electronically thigamabobed edumakated?! Lookin like that 2 mike echo! Oscar unky TA TA ! Crazy Cracker says: September 4, 2012 at 4:15 PM This is appaulling!!! How dare the Army Times run the exemplary reputation of the TDB through the mud. Such atrocious behavior. I find TDB as my trusted news source. I gave up Fox news long time ago. I agree, $20 million is way too low….$20 Trillion might help with the PTSD incurred. HGV says: September 1, 2012 at 11:58 AM Was Mittens a Commissioned Officer? TDB Supporter says: August 23, 2012 at 4:44 PM That Military Times article was disgusting. Here’s just one example of their lies and mistruths: “‘I think we’ve proven that infantry guys are not stupid,’ Szoldra said.” How does a supposed “newspaper” get away with such obvious falsehoods? Whatever happened to journalistic integrity? Paul says: August 23, 2012 at 4:48 PM Touche, my friend. MSgt Dale Day says: August 17, 2012 at 9:44 PM Only $20 mil! What’s wrong with you guys? Go for $20 TRILLION! The Loon says: August 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM Alas, poor wee Mittens, we barely knew ye!……those eevil bastids probably even took all his Friskies. Mark Rinaldi says: August 14, 2012 at 8:52 PM Oh my god they killed Mittens, you bastards. SGT B says: August 14, 2012 at 6:05 PM Mittens was such a good cat. Knew how to take a shit in the toilet and flush it. I’m gonna miss that bastard. Lt. Butero-Trinkejo says: August 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM I will be assembling my team of Steve “snake eyes” Jordan and Mike “the goth SF” Wilson and paying those sons a bitches a little visit!