I saw this story linked at Lucianne and decided to click on over and read a bit about John Kerry’s questioning of a nominee for ambassador about his contribution to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. When I did I saw yet another example of the media reporting conventional wisdom as fact.
A Senate hearing that began with glowing tributes to a St. Louis businessman and his qualifications to become ambassador to Belgium turned bitterly divisive Tuesday after he was criticized for supporting a controversial conservative group.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., grilled nominee Sam Fox about why he donated $50,000 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth during the 2004 presidential race. The group of Vietnam veterans made unsubstantiated allegations against Kerry — then the Democratic presidential nominee — and charged that Kerry did not deserve the medals he won in the Vietnam War.
“Might I ask you what your opinion is with respect to the state of American politics as regards the politics of personal destruction?” Kerry asked near the end of the hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Fox, one of the nation’s most generous contributors to Republican candidates and causes, said he shared Kerry’s concerns that politics “has become mean and destructive.”
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., a presidential hopeful and chairman of Tuesday’s hearing, said he found Fox’s responses “unsatisfying.” He said he would have preferred if Fox admitted it was a mistake to contribute to the Swift Boat group.
Okay, first I will address the “unsubstantiated” allegations line. I guess in the strictest “it depends on what the meaning of is is” way that is technically true, but it is misleading. Some of the allegations made by the Swifties were not able to be substantiated. Many more of the allegations made by the Swifties, however, were substantiated. So, it would be just as (if not even more) accurate to say “the group of Vietnam veterans made substantiated allegations against Kerry.”
Now for the Obama line. I find it “unsatisfying” that so many of the Democrats’ highest office holders will not say it was a “mistake” to accuse President Bush of “lying us into war,” and to make statements that give comfort to and embolden our enemies, and to threaten to “slow bleed” our troops. Quite unsatisfying indeed.