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Kerry Lied, Stories Died

John H. Hinderaker and Scott W. Johnson of Powerline have an op-ed piece in the Wednesday edition of the Minneapolis StarTribune - Unwrapping Kerry's story of Christmas in Cambodia. Their conclusion with regard to the media coverage of the story:

Given the attention lavished on President Bush's service in the Air National Guard earlier this year, we thought that newspapers such as the Washington Post and the New York Times would want to devote comparable attention to John Kerry's Christmas in Cambodia story. We also thought they would want to consider what the falsity of Kerry's story might have to tell us about the uses to which Kerry is putting his Vietnam service in the current presidential campaign.

To date, however, we have been wrong. Neither the influential mainstream newspapers nor the broadcast television networks have reported the meltdown of Kerry's Christmas in Cambodia story. Only readers of Internet blogs such as ours have kept current on the exposure of Kerry's tall tale. Or on the Kerry campaign's lame efforts to resurrect a version of the story that contradicts what Kerry has said for the past 25 years, but allows Kerry to continue using his Vietnam experiences, real and imagined, for his own political purposes.

Whatever the reason -- and we have our suspicions -- when it comes to scrutiny of Sen. Kerry's veracity, the mainstream media are saluting, but they are decidedly not reporting for duty.

Remember, a Newsweek*** editor claimed the media would deliver a 15 percent bump for Kerry. It looks like they're (not) working hard to keep that promise.

Media Blackout Scorecard

Washington Post search - 0 relevant results.
New York Times search - 0 relevant results

Update: Journalist and author Virginia Postrel chides campaign journalists to "do your jobs":

...[T]here are a lot of fine journalists who do have the job of political reporting, they are not doing it when it comes to Kerry's past, and they are making our whole profession look bad.
*** Newsweek is owned by the The Washington Post Company.


Comments (10)

I wonder what Bush was doin... (Below threshold)

I wonder what Bush was doing in the 70s?
http://www.cnn.com/2000/ALLPOLITICS/stories/11/02/bush.dui/

I seem to recall that when ... (Below threshold)

I seem to recall that when the story of Bush's DUI came out, Bush admitted it was true.

The parallel with Kerry, who has lied and evaded continuously about his Cambodia fantasies for years, escapes me. Randy, is it possible you're misspelling your last name?

Randy, is the Bush DUI stor... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Randy, is the Bush DUI story your Kerry trump card? Ever since your trolling ass showed up in the comments on this blog, your answer to every Kerry lied story has been you know Bush had a DUI while growing up. Give us a break. Why don't you try defending your chosen candidate instead of making some stupid insinuation that Bush is worse.

Why don't you guys try addr... (Below threshold)

Why don't you guys try addressing the issues rather than continuously sinking to namecalling?

Randy--I've observ... (Below threshold)

Randy--

I've observed your sniping for a bit now, and I feel compelled to state the following for your benefit:

George W. Bush received a DUI.

OK--that should settle it. We're not in denial, your mission is accomplished. Bush, like many other Americans, had a problem with alcohol in the past. I'm assuming you were this diligent in your pursuit of the "I never inhaled" debacle when Clinton was running. Someone of your integrity certainly wouldn't do something that obviously hypocritical, would you?

Now that we have that cleared up, why don't you actually try defending Kerry with facts about Kerry for a change?

Perhaps you could shed some light on Kerry's extremely short stint in VietNam--most folks who got home in that time returned in a body bag, or at least missing a significant body part. Surely a man of honor such as Senator Kerry wouldn't take advantage of a trivial rule and remove himself from harm's way, leaving his "band of brothers" to fend for themselves. Also, did the returning young soldier exclude this band of brothers in making the acrimonious statements about the actions of our troops?

But I digress--the real issue is the issues, correct? So why not look at Kerry's attendance in the Senate? Could you perchance quote for us the talking point you've gleaned from MoveOn that details what act of heroism or selflessness the good Senator was pursuing while he was drawing his paycheck for being a Senator? Or maybe you could explain why he has so much trouble remembering which side of which issue he's on. We don't think for a minute that someone with Kerry's solid convictions would change his story in the name of pandering for votes.

I issue an open invitation for you to enlighten us. Please feel free to engage in thoughtful debate. If, however, you are incapable of such, and continue to resort to cut-and-paste arguments and trite quips from the far left propaganda machines, please feel equally free to shut the hell up.

Unfortunately, you think iM... (Below threshold)

Unfortunately, you think iM a democrat and that's where you err. iM just as much a Clinton basher, but more for his marital issues, as iM a Bush basher. iM unconcerned w/ Clinton's use of drugs. If Bush abused beer and took a taxi home, then he'd be better in my books. Bring it on!

>Perhaps you could shed some light on Kerry's
>extremely short stint in VietNam--most folks who
>got home in that time returned in a body bag, or
>at least missing a significant body part.

Kerry was wounded multiple times. He was fortunately, not to lose a body part. Bashing Kerry's VietNam record is plain dumb on your part. He's a war hero. Acknowledged by anybody w/ a brain.

Unfortunately, you think iM... (Below threshold)

Unfortunately, you think iM a democrat and that's where you err. iM just as much a Clinton basher, but more for his marital issues, as iM a Bush basher. iM unconcerned w/ Clinton's use of drugs. If Bush abused beer and took a taxi home, then he'd be better in my books. Bring it on!

>Perhaps you could shed some light on Kerry's
>extremely short stint in VietNam--most folks who
>got home in that time returned in a body bag, or
>at least missing a significant body part.

Kerry was wounded multiple times. He was fortunately, not to lose a body part. Bashing Kerry's VietNam record is plain dumb on your part. He's a war hero. Acknowledged by anybody w/ a brain.

No, Randy, I don't think yo... (Below threshold)

No, Randy, I don't think you're a Democrat--I think you're a hypocrite. If you're unconcerned with Clinton's use (or nonuse) of drugs, and persist in posting links to the Bush DUI story, you are certainly not "just as much a Clinton basher."

I fail to see the appeal of this story now, since it was brought to light just before the 2000 election. It's obviously the last resort, since the 9/11 commission didn't confirm the "Bush Lied" meme, his mililtary records don't support the "AWOL" allegations, and F9/11 has been laid bare as propaganda.

True enough, Kerry served in VietNam and was wounded--to a degree that won his PH decorations. But Kerry voluntarily dumped "hero" status when he returned home, flung his (or somebody's) medals over the White House fence, and aligned with the anti-war movement to such a degree that he was recognized as an asset to the North Vietnamese regime. Have you stopped to ponder just why it's so easy to find VietNam vets who are aligned against Kerry?

Now, if you'd be interested in reading about a legitimately decorated, genuine war hero whose military record didn't seem to matter, click here.

Just to clarify, I'm not "bashing" Kerry's military service record, rather I think it's only appropriate to ask some questions since he's put that record front-and-center in this election. If his accounts of his wartime service are accurate, he has no reason to resist scrutiny of those accounts. I just personally feel that his response to allegations indicate he has something to hide.

Now--on a personal note: I offered you an open invitation to engage in constructive debate. You responded by accusing me of being "dumb" or falling outside the "anybody w/a brain" category. I'm not the one who posts linked or pasted comments leeched from other minds. You are being unnecessarily disrespectful, and your tendency towards derision rather than debate exposes your own status as an intellectual eunuch.

Besides, Randy -- everyone ... (Below threshold)

Besides, Randy -- everyone knows the approved Talking Points™ response to Kerry's Cambodia hallucinations being exposed, is to talk about how Bush was "AWOL" from the National Guard. Please review your copy of this week's memo.

More namecalling. I wouldn'... (Below threshold)

More namecalling. I wouldn't expect any better ;)




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