After doing zero research as to the credibility of their claims and not running a single story on the fact John Kerry was caught lying about his combat experience, the New York Times runs a visceral attack on the Swift Boat Vets — but then calls others who actually examined their evidence ‘zealots.’
It may seem outlandish to launch a campaign broadside by television ad and book flackery [completely outlandish- nobody has ever written an attack book about Bush right?] devoted to discrediting the respectable Vietnam War record of Senator John Kerry, who has five combat medals. But that is exactly what a Republican-financed group of partisans is doing in presenting itself as Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and tattooing the Democratic presidential nominee with accusations of lying about his service and war wounds. Never in Mr. Kerry’s command, but claiming to have served near enough, its members are trying to contradict the firsthand accounts of his crewmates who are vouching for his war record.
In a way, this political assault may merely be a knife-edged compliment to the effectiveness of Mr. Kerry’s stratagem of tirelessly – some might say tiresomely – highlighting his wartime service. The attack ads and the book, “Unfit for Command,” are a visceral part of the anti-Kerry campaign in the battleground states. The assault is gaining attention, with Internet and cable television zealots debating combat minutiae and even whether Mr. Kerry enacted wartime events with his political future in mind or held secret meetings with Communists.
Yup, those who look at the evidence are zealots and those of us who close our eyes and throw stones at 250 Swift Boat Veterans are the enlightened ones.
Give me a break!
If examining the campaign credentials of a man who wants to be leader of the free world makes me a zealot, then that is a mantle I shall wear proudly.
If George Bush says he slept well, the New York Times will find some anonymous source to say he tossed and turned. Could they at least pretend to look at John Kerry’s record?
I question the timing of these stories. The big guys have ignored the fact John Kerry lied about his service record. But just 3 days after it becomes known that the Swifties’ ad has raised $400,000 then suddenly both the WaPo and the New York Times do full court presses to discredit the veterans.
Seems like these stories are politically motivated to me.