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BGBD

(3,282 posts)
Thu Jul 8, 2021, 02:11 PM Jul 2021

Richard Jewell

I was listening to a podcast on Qanon yesterday and they were discussing Lin Wood. They said Wood first made contact with Trump through Steve Wynn while lobbying to get Richard Jewell a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom..

That got me thinking.....regardless of how loony Wood is....doesn't Jewell deserve recognition in that way? Jewell found Rudolph's bomb and did a great job of getting the area cleared....saving potentially dozens, or more, lives. His thanks was having his life ruined by the FBI leaking him as a suspect to the press.

Considering how awful some people who got that award are....why not Jewell who by most accounts was a good guy who just wanted to help people?

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Richard Jewell (Original Post) BGBD Jul 2021 OP
He definitely got an unfair shake. Tommy Carcetti Jul 2021 #1
What does deserve a Medal of Freedom? BGBD Jul 2021 #2
Drumpf's only question: "What did he do for ME?!" UTUSN Jul 2021 #3

Tommy Carcetti

(43,358 posts)
1. He definitely got an unfair shake.
Thu Jul 8, 2021, 02:17 PM
Jul 2021

Don't know if he actually warrants a Medal of Freedom or not, though.

He got recognition as a guy who was treated unfairly but ultimately was vindicated. That's pretty much the end all and be all.

The recent biopic--while entertaining--took some rather noticeable artistic liberties on the story though. Including relating to one of the reporters on the story, who passed away before the movie was made. Ironically she basically gets the same treatment by the film as Jewell got in real life.

 

BGBD

(3,282 posts)
2. What does deserve a Medal of Freedom?
Thu Jul 8, 2021, 02:40 PM
Jul 2021

I mean, I like Bob Cousy and Vin Scully as much as the next guy....but if neither ever existed would the US be worse off?

Donald Rumsfeld and Rush Limbaugh have them too...and we'd be better off had they never existed.

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