Recently a fan of mine on Facebook pointed me to an article written by Lindy West of the Guardian titled “The real American Sniper was a hate-filled killer. Why are simplistic patriots treating him as a hero?”

The article is a clear attempt by the Guardian and Lindy West to rally angry Internet mobs on both the right and the left side of America. It’s a perfect recipe to grab a lot of page views, and a brilliant example of news entertainment at its finest.

Chris Kyle was a human being, a Texan, Navy SEAL, father, husband, and a hero to many at a time in this country when we need all the heroes we can get. We weren’t close friends, but I did consider him a friend, and knew him to be a good person, regardless of all the bullshit floating around in the media, and what his editor put in the book, American Sniper.

West’s article is poorly written, calls out stereotypes using stereotypes, and is a great example of bad literature. It’s also a great example of what’s wrong with global news media today – more news entertainment than real news or intelligent perspective. Divide, enrage, watch the page counter go up, and sell more advertising. Bravo Lindy West, the Capitol city of Panem welcomes you with open arms.

The patriots go on, and on and on. They cannot believe what they are reading. They are rushing to the defence of not just Kyle, but their country, what their country means. They call for the rape or death of anyone ungrateful enough to criticise American hero Chris Kyle. Because Chris Kyle is good, and brown people are bad, and America is in danger, and Chris Kyle saved us. The attitude echoes what Miller articulated about Kyle in her Salon piece: “his steadfast imperviousness to any nuance, subtlety or ambiguity, and his lack of imagination and curiosity, seem particularly notable.” -Lindy West

Lindy West calls Chris Kyle a killer and embellishes the term “patriots” in a clear attempt to divide and enrage. Why does she do this? Probably so she can grab her own moment in the dead hero’s spotlight. Congratulations again, Lindy.

It was clear to me, as someone who knew Chris, that he didn’t enjoy killing people and wasn’t a racist. The killing bothered him, as it does a lot of us combat veterans. Did he believe in good vs. evil, right vs. wrong? Yes, he did, but that doesn’t make him a killer, nor racist.

Photo: Dinner with Chris Kyle and friends in San Diego. Author's personal collection.
Photo: Dinner with Chris Kyle, and friends in San Diego. Author’s personal collection.