On American sniper the new york times arrived at this conclusion by contrasting the strong points of the movie with aspects of Kyle’s life that the left can’t stand.
For example, the NYT reports, “This film is certainly powerful, and it celebrates our Iraq veterans. But it also eulogizes the killing of Iraq insurgents, including children.”
This is the same way the left reported on our Vietnam War vets, praising their service on the one hand, only to erase that praise by labeling them baby killers on the other. In neither circumstance–the Iraq War or the Vietnam War–did they bother to mention that the enemy armed children to attack our troops in hopes that Americans’ renowned benevolence would prevent anyone from killing the armed children, thus allowing the children to slaughter US troops.