Several conservative media outlets falsely claimed this week that President Obama was going to force all marines in the U.S. Marine Corps to wear "unisex" and "girly" caps.
The story started with a false report by the New York Post, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, the parent company of Fox News.
The New York Postreported:
Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a “unisex” look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines’ iconic caps – known as “covers” — with a new version that some have derided as so “girly” that they would make the French blush.
...The thin new covers have a feminine line that some officials think would make them look just as good on female marines as on males — in keeping with the Obama directive.
Fox News followed up with this blaring headline: "Obama wants Marines to wear ‘girly’ hats" and lead their story with:
According to the New York Post, President Obama's plan to create a "unisex" look for the Corps has officials on the verge of swapping out the Marines' iconic caps with a new hat that some have derided as so "girly" that they would make the French blush.
The conservative Washington Timesused the headline, "U.S. Marines turn up noses at Obama’s new ‘girly’ hats; some fear it looks too French."
That article began with:
Marines are decrying a new look President Obama has planned for their uniforms — namely, a unisex-style cap that they say looks more French than American, more “girly” than hard-charging.
However, the U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos debunked the reports on the official website of the U.S. Marines by stating, “The President in no way, shape or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover.”
The U.S. Marine Corps did confirm that the Marine Corps Uniform Board is searching for a new cap for female soldiers because the maker of the current caps is closing down.
The brass did survey the troops on the new caps and says, "pictures of male Marines wearing this cover were included in the survey material. This is standard practice while conducting surveys."
However, there is no intention to change the male caps of the U.S. Marine Corps.