Sunday, October 31, 2004


Kerry, caught in a bald-faced lie; Media interest level: nonchalant whistling, some nose picking, "missing explosives you say?"

Brokaw: Someone has analyzed the President's military aptitude tests and yours, and concluded that he has a higher IQ than you do.

Kerry: That's great. More power. I don't know how they've done it, because my record is not public. So I don't know where you're getting that from.

As Brent points out, that hardly squares with Kerry's rhetoric earlier on military records. Ever since Kerry and the Democrats launched a full-scale attack on George Bush's military experience and his discharge from the National Guard, calls have come for Kerry to sign a Form 180 to completely release his own records. Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth have asked repeatedly for this release. Kerry has responded repeatedly that all of his records have been made available at his website.

Read the whole thing.

And, of course, this story wouldn’t be complete without an even MORE egregious cover-up of said lie, in order to protect the anointed candidate. NBC conducted a Stalinist purge on its website, expunging “because my record is not public. So I don't know where you're getting that from” from the transcript. Then NBC, realizing that it had not made a proper offering to the anointed, deleted the whole exchange above from the broadcast on television.

The media has almost become a threat to our democracy. They not only refuse to push Kerry to sign a Form-180 which would release his military records and clear up the questions the Swift Vets and other have, they are ACTIVELY COVERING UP FOR HIM. Let me repeat that, THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA ARE ACTIVELY COVERING UP FOR KERRY. Bold, check, Caps, check, Italics, check, Repetition for effect, check – it’s impossible to overstate how disgustingly in bed with Kerry the mainstream media is. So let me do it again: THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA ARE ACTIVELY COVERING UP FOR KERRY.

The blogosphere has kept up the drum beat for Kerry’s records for a long time, but, alas, with the MAINSTREAM MEDIA ACTIVELY COVERING UP FOR KERRY it makes it kind of hard to gain the information about our possible future president that is necessary in order to make an informed decision on Nov. 2.

Well, at least in one respect the mainstream media (WHICH IS COVERING UP FOR KERRY, by the way) has been upholding its job at hounding people for information. They destroyed Jack Ryan’s campaign by revealing personal details about his divorce, but most importantly, they latched onto Bush’s groin like a pitbull with tetanus in regards to his military records (as well everything else). Just go back and look at this transcript—no even better, listen to the audio on the page—of the press briefing the day that Bush’s records were released. The feeding frenzy over Bush actually releasing his records is still amazing to hear. Do these sound like impartial questioners to you? The insolence bordering on anger in their voice drips with Bush hatred.

Let's review: When Kerry lies about having released his military records, THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA ACTIVELY COVERS UP FOR HIM by expunging the transcript -- "Oops senator, you weren't supposed to tell us that, because then we would have to acknowledge that you have been lying to us for the past year... we'll just delete that for you." On the other hand, when Bush actually released his records, the press corps layed into him like Michael Moore at an all-you-can-eat Steak Buffet.

Yeah mainstream media, Re: Selling your soul: will a John Kerry presidency really be worth it?



update III: PowerLine doesn't think this specific case is an example of actively covering for Kerry, although the larger case still stands:

Superficially, this is rather damning. But if you read the complete transcripts of the two versions of the interview, you will see that they are quite different. The Dateline version included some exchanges that were not played on MSNBC, and MSNBC included others that were cut from the Dateline version.

Power Line readers are news junkies who are tuned in to the issues surrounding Kerry's military service that have been raised by the Swift Boat Vets and others. Realistically, however, the number of non-junkie listeners who would have understood the significance of the sentence that Dateline cut from Kerry's answer is close to zero. My guess is that whoever edited the video footage for Dateline had no idea that the omitted material was significant.

There is no question that the mainstream media covered up for John Kerry with respect to his military service. But they didn't do it by this minor bit of editing. They did it by never--ever--asking him the basic question: "Why won't you make all of your military records public?"

I would say I agree; THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS BEEN ACTIVELY COVERING UP FOR KERRY but this specific case is not a particularly blatant example. It does serve, however, to highlight the MSM's complete disinterest in Kerry's records. They don't even realize that Kerry's admitting to not releasing his records, when there are highly contentious charges surrounding them and when Bush has released his at the MSM's request, is a big deal.

Complete cluelessness on their part.


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