About six weeks ago, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth started getting public attention.
About six weeks ago, the memos cited by CBS and the Boston Globe last week questioning President Bush’s National Guard service surfaced.
On Thursday, September 2, President Bush gave his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. In that speech, he lashed out against his critics, specifically citing the New York Times by name.
On Friday, September 3, the Boston Globe sent a crack investigative team to dig up the details behind President Bush’s National Guard service, focusing on those memos held by CBS. The editor in charge of the team, Walter V. Robinson, has previously been found liable in a libel suit against the Globe by a Republican politician.
The Boston Globe, it should be noted, has a long history of supporting and defending Senator John Kerry and is owned by the New York Times.
Last week both CBS and the Boston Globe put out stories assailing President Bush’s National Guard service, based heavily on those memos.
Those memos have been widely discredited as forgeries, but the Globe and CBS are standing by their stories.
As much as I hate to drag out the cliche, especially since my worthy colleague Paul has so effectively decimated the power of the phrase, I find I have to question the timing.