Jewish World Review August 27, 2004 / 10 Elul, 5764
The scorecard: Swiftees vs. Kerry
the partisan media's claims to the contrary, John Kerry has not successfully refuted
"almost all the Swiftees' charges." Though he has attempted to dodge the bullets,
he has been deeply wounded by them.
;Instead of responding factually
to the charges, Kerry and his defenders have:
the Swiftees and reportedly hired private investigators to look for dirt on them;
- mischaracterized Swiftee John
O'Neill as a Nixon dirty trickster;
- reiterated their lies
about President Bush's Air National Guard service;
- filed complaints
with the FEC to muzzle the Swiftees;
- pressured media outlets not
to run the Swiftees' ads;
- whined about coordination between the
Swiftees and the Bush campaign because attorney Ben Ginsberg advised both;
- gloated when Ginsberg resigned from representing the Bush campaign, saying
it proved there had been coordination all along, though Ginsberg denies any coordination;
- refused to insist that their similarly situated lawyers or operatives
Robert Bauer, Jim Jordan, Joe Sandler and Zack Exley sever their ties as well;
- theatrically dispatched former Senator Max Cleland to the Bush ranch with a
letter imploring the president to urge the Swiftees, over whom the president genuinely
has no control, to cease and desist.
- called other veterans to
pressure them into supporting Kerry;
- invoked the only sacred Republican
name among Democrats, John McCain. (Bob Dole lost similar status this week when
nobly standing up for the Swiftees.)
- suppressed John Kerry's shameful,
America-trashing book "The New Soldier," refusing to allow it to be reprinted;
- said, dishonestly, that the Swiftees keep changing their stories;
- repeatedly changed Kerry's story on Christmas in Cambodia. The reasons it was
"seared, seared" in Kerry's memory were that it was during Christmas time (people
associate events with the sentimentality of Christmas) and President Richard Nixon
had supposedly ordered Kerry into Cambodia illegally which outraged Kerry.
Turns out Nixon wasn't in office yet. How can people brush this off as inconsequential?
This lie really mattered at the time, and, obviously still does today in terms
of the negativity it generated against America;
- dramatically backtracked
on the first Purple Heart account, being forced to all but admit that Kerry wasn't
injured by enemy fire which means, if nothing else, that he wasn't entitled
to that Purple Heart nor his early out after four months;
as their enabling mainstream media the Democrats' most powerful and unregulated
"527" group have systematically tried to discredit the Swiftees' claims by
masquerading as objective, investigative journalists. In fact, they've combed
records to catch the Swiftees in supposed inconsistencies and painted a fantastic
picture trying to connect absurdly remote dots tying the Swiftees to President
Bush. All the while they've ignored the mountains of factual evidence against
Kerry and even mindlessly repeated the dismissive conclusion that almost all of
Kerry's stories have held up to scrutiny. Never has the liberal bias of the partisan
media been so conspicuous. On August 25, the twin print media goliaths: the New
York Times and The Washington Post, sang a propaganda duet dismissing the Swiftees'
claims: WP: "Many of the charges have been rebutted by veterans who served with
Kerry and by military records." NYT: "the Swift Boat group, almost all of whose
challenges to Mr. Kerry and his war record have been contradicted by official
war records and even some of its members' own past statements." Makes you wonder
whether these two media outlets are recipients or authors of Democratic talking
- peddled the lie that the Swiftees "weren't there" because
most weren't on Kerry's boat, ignoring that they were in adjacent boats within
- avoided Kerry media appearances he doesn't
want to have to answer even the obligatory questions the partisan media might
lob at him. And you can be sure there'll be no second or third Kerry-O'Neill debates
no thrilla in Manila. Even Don King couldn't get Kerry to step back into the
ring for a rematch with O'Neill, who knocked Kerry cold in the first fight;
- with the media's help, held up Kerry's "heroism" as sacrosanct and unchallengeable
while simultaneously disrespecting the heroism of Kerry's some 254 accusers;
- with the media's help, held up official Navy records as sacrosanct and unchallengeable,
ignoring the compelling Swiftee claim that Kerry manufactured false records;
- refused to release Kerry's complete military and medical records and diary;
- complained about the campaign's focus on Kerry's long-ago record, when they
brought it up in the first place.
I'm just warming up, but I'm already
out of space.
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