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Taking On The NYT -- Kerry And the Swifties Edition

Thomas Lipscomb and Bruce Kesler take on the New York Times for their "reporting" on the latest John Kerry had to say about the Swift Boat Veterans' claims made in 2004, specifically those related to the "magic hat." Lipscomb exposes the complete lack of fact checking on the part of Times reporter, Kate Zernike. Bruce Kesler knows more about this topic than he would probably even care to know, and shares some of that knowledge in his latest post. Here is an excerpt from the Lipscomb piece:

Kate Zernike's story on the front page of the Memorial Day Sunday New York Times, "Kerry Pressing Swift Boat Case Long After Loss," is an unfortunate reminder of the Times's embarrassingly poor coverage of Kerry in the face of the Swift Boat Veterans' for Truth charges in the 2004 election. Now as then, the Times acts as if the issues involved were between Kerry's latest representations of his record and the "unsubstantiated" charges of the Swift Boat group. The Times used the term "unsubstantiated" more than twenty times during its election coverage and continues to make no discernable effort to examine any of the charges in detail...

...Zernike appears to have made no effort to look at any record besides listing Kerry's latest assertions with obligatory quotes from the usual Swiftie suspects to provide "balance." She doesn't appear to be aware of the hilarious inconsistency of the Kerry hat story she recites dutifully as if this was the very first time the hat had appeared in print. As the clips should have shown her, Kerry first pulled the famous hat out of a "secret compartment" for Washington Post reporter Laura Blumenfeld's feature story in 2003. "My good luck hat," Kerry told Blumenfeld, "given to me by a CIA guy." Now he tells Zernike a "special operations team" member gave it to him on a secret "mission that records say was to insert Navy Seals" in February.

Here is an excerpt from the Kesler piece:

Lipscomb refers to several matters in which I have first hand knowledge. For reference, see the New York Times online archive for June 2, 1971 for my challenge to Kerry to debate, see here for my narrative on August 27, 2004 of how VVJP was formed in 1971, see here for what Purdum did choose to print in the New York Times on August 29, 2004, and see here (October 26, 2004) for my documentation to the New York Times of its unsubstantiated multi-use of "unsubstantiated" to describe the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth.

All these references, and the reporters' notes, are available at the New York Times and the rest by Google search. Kate Zernike and her editors at the New York Times can only plead inability to find their own archives, and computer and journalistic incompetence, and admit their transparent bias and errors. -- I won't be staying up late waiting for their apologies.

Bruce goes on to address the Minneapolis Star Tribune's editorial on the subject. Read both the Lipscomb and Kesler pieces. I have a feeling we will be hearing a good bit more on this subject.


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Comments (12)

wow, this one has been up f... (Below threshold)

wow, this one has been up for two hours and you can still hear the pin drop

I can't imagine what good K... (Below threshold)

I can't imagine what good Kerry thinks this sort of thing is going to do him. People who believed him in '04 are still going to believe him. People who thought he was lying then will continue to think he's lying now and in the future. People who didn't care... STILL won't care.

All he's going to do is keep the questions about his service before the public, some of whom will wonder if there isn't fire where there's so much smoke... or wonder why he doesn't talk much about anything he's done since 1969.

Hmmmm.Frankly I'm ... (Below threshold)


Frankly I'm torn between a desire to laugh at Kerry and a wish that he would just go away.

*shrug* perhaps if we all started telling liberals how much of a bad idea it is to re-nominate Kerry they'll once again think we really mean the opposite.

I still cannot believe that so many liberals thought that, because we were telling them outright to not nominate Kerry, that we were afraid of him. And so emboldened they nominated him, and lost.

And I really, even more, cannot believe the very same process involved putting Howard Dean in charge of the Democratic Party.

It takes a certain kind of mental judo to grapple, throw and pin yourself.

Hanoi John has now accompli... (Below threshold)

Hanoi John has now accomplished something no one in history has, he moved Christmas from Dec to Feb.- Seared, seared in my mind, Christmas in Cambodia. The man has became a pitiful example for the human race, but he's a hero to the left. Will he go down in the liars hall of fame? LMAO

The irony is that the left ... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

The irony is that the left tries to make Kerry a war hero while they are trashing the real heroes, the swift vets and the POWs. These people want to have the cake and eat it too. They are mad because they can't do that now without the media monopoly they used to have.

"Lipscomb exposes the compl... (Below threshold)

"Lipscomb exposes the complete lack of fact checking on the part of Times reporter..."


The Swift Boat Veterans for Lies were caught numerous times lying. It's run by someone who worked for Nixon, for god sakes. They recieved MASSIVE press coverage for their dishonest attacks. Now you want to talk about fact checking? Shameful, Lorie.


"The irony is that the left tries to make Kerry a war hero"

I think the Silver Star does most of the talking. Purple hearts too.

jp2, your two links show th... (Below threshold)

jp2, your two links show that:

The veteran's group from little Hanoi (Portland) will fight any attacks on the left [BTW, what exactly did happen to their complaint about French, who was guilty of using 70's era second-hand scuttle-butt from his buddies as personal knowledge)? You left that little tidbit out].

The WAPO article proves nothing but stirs more dung in the comPost heap.

So far the only unsubstatia... (Below threshold)

So far the only unsubstatiated thing in this mess is Kerry's service record which he won't disclose and the NYT claiming to be a newspaper. If Kerry, Igore and Hillary are the best the Democrats can field in 08, the Republicans can run Bozo the Clown and still have the odds in their favor. A chimp is far sharper than these three.

If he would release his rec... (Below threshold)

If he would release his records,you would find a less than honorable discharge that wasn't corrected untill Jimma came into office.Thats his dirty little secret.

jp2, I regard this line com... (Below threshold)

jp2, I regard this line coming from WaPo as less than persuasive:

"An investigation by The Washington Post into what happened that day suggests that both sides have withheld information from the public record and provided an incomplete, and sometimes inaccurate, picture of what took place. "

Kitty Litter and Kerry Hate... (Below threshold)

Kitty Litter and Kerry Haters broke this story and kept it alive during the most recent presidential campaign. Clearly they are needed again!

The more often I hear a pol... (Below threshold)

The more often I hear a politician harp on his Vietnam-era activities, the less credible I find him as a candidate.







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