Last month the leftist magazine GQ published a “war was not declared” story. The focus of the piece was Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who at the time was scheduled to testify before a closed-door session of the House Intelligence Committee that he was “troubled” by the import of Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president.
Noting that Republicans have a history of denigrating “military veterans and their families,” GQ conributor Luke Darby took the GOP task in effect for disparaging comments it had not made about Vindman, who received a Purple Heart after being wounded while on tour in Iraq.
The whole pieces seemed like a fool’s errand — criticizing an entire group for something it might say — but it metamorphosed into high comedy today when GQ published the following correction about the original article:
NOTE: This story has been updated. Alexander Vindman received a Purple Heart after being wounded by an IED, or improvised explosive device, not an IUD, or intrauterine device. We regret the error.
The correction, meanwhile, is making the rounds on social media:
literally every time I say “IUD” i wonder if I’m getting it wrong and telling women to implant explosives into themselves so i feel this correction deeply https://t.co/EqGEl4Ad0O
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) November 22, 2019