Media Gives In, Sort Of
Vol: 35 Issue: 25 Wednesday, August 25, 2004
“A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.” (Proverbs 17:4)
Last week, I noted Brent Bozell’s observation that, from May 4 until my column, the Big Three networks had run a total of 75 stories about Bush’s service in the Texas National Guard and only seven about the controversy surrounding Senator Kerry’s Vietnam service.
In a column this week, Bozell noted; “A Nexis search reveals a list of some of the national outlets that had never relayed a quote of these words before the second Swift Vet ad was released: CBS, NBC, National Public Radio, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.
Here are the major newspapers who’ve captured this testimony exactly once : The Washington Post and The New York Times, buried inside their papers on Saturdays in late February.
ABC repeated one snippet of the paragraph, the “Genghis Khan” snippet, in four stories surrounding the anniversary of the testimony in April. Kerry said then: “I’m sorry that they’re offended by that, but that’s what happened.” “
Tony Blankley, editor of the Washington Times, noted; “It was only after a CBS poll showed that Kerry had lost a net 14 percent of the veteran’s vote to Bush — without aid of major media coverage or substantial national advertising — that the major media outlets began to lumber, resentfully, in the vague direction of the story.”
In an op-ed piece in the London (that’s in England) Telegraph, Mark Steyn described a Pat Oliphant cartoon that appeared in the Washington Post depicting the Swiftees as Bush-backing deadbeats sitting round a bar; “I never seen Kerry do nothing hee-roic,” says one loser. “Damn right,” says another. “You and me was right there in latrine maintenance. We orta know.”
Steyn notes; “The redneck spelling’s a nice touch, ain’t it? I wonder which of the anti-Kerry campaign’s 254 Swift vets, including 17 of Lieutenant Kerry’s 23 fellow officers, Oliphant thinks were in latrine maintenance.
Maybe he’s got in mind fellows like Paul Galanti, who appears in the latest anti-Kerry ad and whose plane went down over North Vietnam in 1966. He was held in the “Hanoi Hilton” Viet Cong POW camp until 1973.
That’s seven years getting tortured by the gooks, only to be mocked by some lame-o cartoonist as a redneck latrine operator.”
Then Steyn delivers his knockout punch: “I said a couple of weeks back that John Kerry was too strange to be President, and a week or two earlier that he was too stuck-up to be President. Since I’m on an alliterative roll, let me add that he’s too stupid to be President. What sort of idiot would make the centrepiece of his presidential campaign four months of proud service in a war he’s best known for opposing?”
“I wouldn’t stand for Parliament on a family values platform because I know someone’s bound to bring up the 123 gay porn movies I had a bit part in back in Amsterdam in the 1970s.”
It appears the cat has finally clawed its way out of the bag, despite the liberals’ quiet attempt to beat it to death before it did.
Fox News reported on Monday that the Kerry campaign has conceded that it is possible that Kerry’s first Purple Heart was awarded for an unintentionally self-inflicted wound, just like the Swiftees alleged.
That concession came only a few days after the Kerry campaign also conceded that John Kerry wasn’t in Cambodia on Christmas Eve, 1968, either. Just like the Swiftees alleged.
So now the mainstream liberal networks, stung by charges they ARE liberal networks, have leapt into the fray, investigating, not the allegations against Kerry, but the possible connections between any of the SWIFT Boat Veterans and the Bush administration.
The Kerry damage control strategy continues to be to suggest that the Bush campaign is behind the ads — now look at the mainstream media’s investigative focus.
It isn’t about whether or not John Kerry was being truthful. Instead, it is concrete evidence that the Big Three Networks take their marching orders from the Kerry campaign as faithfully as Moveon.org does.
For example, the Kerry campaign’s admission that John Kerry wasn’t in Cambodia on Christmas Eve, 1968, was explained away by supporters as having ‘occurred thirty-five years ago’ — now it is the new liberal mantra.
Every talking head defending Kerry, when asked about the Cambodia lie, does the same thing. Their eyes glaze over, they take on a blank stare, and begin to repeat mindlessly, ‘it was thirty-five years ago. . .’ before getting back on point . . ‘The ads should be withdrawn’.
I’ve yet to hear an explanation from either the Kerry camp or the media for why the Swiftees should be silenced that doesn’t, in the end, boil down to ‘because Senator Kerry doesn’t like them.’
Now, to the point. Despite the media’s best efforts, the story is out.
Kerry even helped, saying in a recent speech that maybe America shouldn’t judge him on his Vietnam service alone, but also judge him on his anti-war activities as well.
Kerry reasoned that because he both fought in the Vietnam War and fought against it, it proves he is a man of integrity. Even though he may not have deserved the Purple Heart as alleged, and despite the fact he never went to Cambodia. After all, it was more than thirty-five years ago.
On the other hand, Kerry assures veterans, they shouldn’t hold his antiwar testimony to Congress against him, even if it did give aid and comfort to Hanoi. After all, he explains, it was more than thirty-five years ago.
Despite the Kerry doublespeak, Kerry still enjoys the support of about half of America’s voting public. A Google search of “Kerry” and “Swift” returns more major media reports attacking the reputations of the Swift boat veterans than there are questioning why 254 Swift vets, including 17 of Lieutenant Kerry’s 23 fellow officers and his whole chain of command — including a retired admiral, would risk their personal reputations — just to lie about John Kerry.
According to 2nd Thessalonians, the antichrist will come to power amid a supernaturally-permitted ‘strong delusion’ that Paul says they wanted to believe anyway, because the lie was more in keeping with their chosen worldview than the truth.
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:11-12)
Not a single Kerry defender has indicated any doubt whatever that John Kerry is telling the truth, even after his campaign tacitly admitted he was a serial liar about both Cambodia and the circumstances of his first Purple Heart.
The truth is what they want to believe — evidence notwithstanding — because it is more in keeping with their chosen worldview.
A strong delusion, indeed.