WAPO once again avoiding the story and attacking the messengers
The continued press self-blackout with regard to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth‘s revelations on Kerry’s Vietnam record and on Kerry’s “Christmas in Cambodia” comment is bad enough. That they only mention either in attacking the messengers is worse. Staff writer Jefferson Morley manages to get the dig in there:
|Space Here||Arlington, Va.: Are the international press doing any better job than the American press in covering the emerging inconsistencies in Kerry’s Vietnam record?
Jefferson Morley: The international press has not shown much interest in the story. This may have something to do with the partisan motivation of the people making the charges. Kerry’s Vietnam record is usually regarded as praiseworthy.
Notice how he managed to pass off as an undisputed fact that the “people making the charge” have a partisan motivation? That’s not been proven, not by a longshot, Mr. Morley. Those “people”, who are the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, by the way, have stated explicitly that their motivation is not to advance any candidate as the choice to vote for, it’s to set the record straight on Mr. Kerry’s service record. It takes less brainpower and work to just assume they’re part of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy &trade, I realize, but is it too much to ask of our so-called “reporters” that they actually do some investigative reporting? Address the points one by one. Go ahead.
Not that Senator Kerry’s been doing that, either. He’s been more busy trotting out threatening letters to TV station managers in an effort to muscle the Swiftee’s message off the air. No hue and cry about that, either, from the media, I notice.
WAPO and the rest of the so-called mainstream media had better get their heads back into the game or they’re going to find themselves becoming very irrelevant in the information age.