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Sen. John Kerry's SWIFT meltdown: Hugh Hewitt on why Dem's campaign, lib pundits are floundering
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, August 11, 2004 | Hugh Hewitt

Posted on 08/11/2004 2:31:04 AM PDT by JohnHuang2

Wednesday, August 11, 2004



Kerry's SWIFT meltdown

Posted: August 11, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Hugh Hewitt


© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

At this writing, the Kerry campaign has not yet responded to the media meltdown that is occurring around John Kerry's four decades of stories built on his secret, illegal missions into Cambodia during the four months he skippered a SWIFT boat.

It is impossible to stonewall a story that broke out of the blogosphere and into the major media on Monday night and Tuesday morning, so eventually John Kerry is going to have to stand by his wildly implausible tales of cross-border excellent adventures, or he's going to have to apologize for inventing personal history.

Here are the facts. Not long after returning from Vietnam, John Kerry began telling people he had been sent into Cambodia on an illegal patrol on Christmas Eve 1968. He repeated that story on the floor of the Senate in 1986, to an AP reporter in 1992, and as recently as June 2003 was regaling a Washington Post reporter with a story of how he had ferried a CIA man secretly into Cambodia, and how he'd kept the man's hat as a reminder of that journey.

The Christmas-Eve-in-Cambodia story has already been completely shredded by the SWIFT boat vet critics of Kerry, and it is hard to imagine how Kerry is going to defend the CIA man who was never there, given independent testimony from Navy vets that the SWIFT boats never went into Cambodian waters. If Kerry was sent on a secret drop-off mission, he's going to have to come up with some proof, especially with the Christmas Eve narrative now so discredited.

The blogosphere pushed this story forward, with an early flare going up at KerryHaters on May 21, and then a gang tackle of the facts by Instapundit, RogerLSimon, JustOneMinute, Powerline, CaptainsQuarters and, of course, me.

We teed it up after the publisher of "Unfit for Command" released a sample chapter from the new book which brought the Cambodian myth to light. I spent all day Thursday, Friday and Monday on the story on my radio program, and Monday night Carl Cameron ran with a story on "Special Report" with Brit Hume, followed by an "O'Reilly Factor" segment with Steve Gardener, a SWIFT boat vet who served on Kerry's boat. Gardener denied ever having been to Cambodia. The Kerry campaign first denied that Kerry had ever claimed to have been in Cambodia, and then recanted upon being shown the 1986 Congressional record, promising to get back to Fox News with an explanation.

No explanation has shown up more than 12 hours later. In the interim, the New York Post has run a story, as has the London Telegraph, and the Washington Times' editors have produced a powerful editorial on the subject.

Why all the attention? Simply put, if John Kerry can be conclusively demonstrated to have lied about aspects of his Vietnam service, the media has to ask what else has he been lying about. The voters have to ask if he can be trusted. In short: Free fall.

The lefty bloggers and talking heads are stunned into silence, and have gotten no help from the Kerry people. It's hard to spin a story that hasn't been spun by the campaign since Kerry could elect to go in completely different directions. If he hangs tough on the Christmas Eve and CIA man stories, his allies will know to hang tough as well. But they can't do that without a clear signal, because if Kerry comes out and apologizes for a tall tale, the commentators are cut off at the knees.

A nasty dilemma. Perhaps the lefty pundits should try sticking with the truth: It looks very bad for Kerry. It looks like he's been lying and padding his Vietnam resume for decades and that the elite media was so in love with the story they didn't bother to check it out. It looks like Kerry's selective release of his military and health records was smoke, and that the big-time journalists at the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post fell for it.

Now we get to see if there's any pride left in the newsroom. Do any of these writers, reporters and producers resent getting played by Kerry? If so, payback will be stiff. Too early to tell whether Bush-hatred trumps anger at getting suckered. More to follow ...




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To: JohnHuang2
Kerry campaign-----


151 posted on 08/11/2004 8:28:52 AM PDT by Nascar Dad (Not Fonda Kerry!)
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To: JohnHuang2
a story that broke out of the blogosphere and into the major media on Monday night and Tuesday morning

Once again, the internet and talk rdio are doing the job of the investigative journalists when those liberal reporters refuse to investigate one of their own.

152 posted on 08/11/2004 8:29:39 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: stockpirate
I do not beieve it is hatred of Bush, but that he represents the conservatives of America. And the world Socialists are sinking unless they can get a hold on the US. So their hatred of Conseratives and what we stand for.

Well yes, they hate what the President stands for and believes. They hate conservatives!

153 posted on 08/11/2004 8:30:13 AM PDT by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT!)
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To: norton

"The similarities between the first JFK and this one are far too well tuned, too scripted, and too familiar. It's sort of the other side of WJC's Kennedy moment followed by his and Hitlery's more traditional political route to the top. It is as though someone used the same starting point to construct two (or more?) automatons programmed for different routes for the presidency when they grew up."

I'm glad that you posted this. I keep thinking of JFK when I read these reality peeks at the real Kerry.


154 posted on 08/11/2004 8:30:18 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Has the Franchurian Dork candidate, le Jacquestrap Kerri ever not lied to Americans!")
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To: norton
I'm afraid that the real result of the Swift Boat Veteran's effort will be to divert Kerry campaign attention into grinding them up.

That is the point of their speaking out. To have a confrontation between Kerry's version (and the media's version) of history, and their version. Why are you afraid of the confrontation?

It can only be because you think the Swifties will somehow lose. If they do, then it is a cryin' shame, because they only want to inform the public.

155 posted on 08/11/2004 8:31:55 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: mylife

Exactly! The media will NOT go down in flames with Kerry even though they don't want Bush. Some will but most will jump up the bandwagon because if they don't their credibility (what little is left) will be totally shot.


156 posted on 08/11/2004 8:32:29 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Oklahoma is Reagan Country and now Bush Country -- Win Another One for the Gipper!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT!!!!!!!!


157 posted on 08/11/2004 8:32:46 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: JohnHuang2

Bush hatred trumps the pain of being suckered by Kerry and his minions.

In fact, I'm not sure they were suckered....more like willing accomplices.

But, somebody will break rank hopefully.


158 posted on 08/11/2004 8:34:17 AM PDT by wardaddy (Support the Swifties!)
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To: chilepepper
you assume polls are not manufactured for kerry

Maybe some are, but ALL of them? THAT is a stretch! Kerry's "lead" is well within the margin of error in most of these polls so maybe he isn't ahead of Bush.

159 posted on 08/11/2004 8:34:38 AM PDT by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT!)
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To: JohnHuang2

If the SwiftVets can pull the rug out from under sKerry's supposed Vietnam heroics, then he has to run on his record in the Senate. At that point he is toast.


160 posted on 08/11/2004 8:35:26 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: tkathy
If you have never seen hatred like this before, you never saw the vilification of Richard Nixon.

I remember well what the RATS did to Nixon. I guess the press was as vicious back then too.

161 posted on 08/11/2004 8:37:51 AM PDT by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT!)
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To: R. Scott

Yeah, but the story about ferrying a CIA guy into Cambodia was a nuance that was introduced in the '90s, before that it was just searing memories of being shot at. Remember the story seems to have evolved over the years.


162 posted on 08/11/2004 8:39:46 AM PDT by Eva
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To: teletech

There was no internet or alternative media during Nixon's downfall in 73-74. Had there been, he might have survived the impeachment process.

Wrecking the monopoly of the MSM is the only thing that gives me encouragement at this time.


163 posted on 08/11/2004 8:43:06 AM PDT by mwl1
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To: JohnHuang2
I think I saw a movie about Kerry's Christmas Eve with the CIA in Cambodia....

I think it was called "A crock of shit NOW !"

164 posted on 08/11/2004 8:49:49 AM PDT by tophat9000
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping!


165 posted on 08/11/2004 8:50:08 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: tophat9000
I think it was called "A crock of shit NOW !"

Kerry has NO conscience! He IS a CROCK!

166 posted on 08/11/2004 8:54:06 AM PDT by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT!)
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To: glock rocks
Yup, those Asians are big on celebrating Christmas, huh John.

Wrong argument to make. South Vietnam had a very large Catholic population (it was once a French colony, remember).

167 posted on 08/11/2004 8:55:03 AM PDT by CA Conservative
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To: libsl

Waiting for someone to ask Kerry how Nixon became president before he became president.


168 posted on 08/11/2004 9:07:10 AM PDT by OldFriend (WAR IS THE REMEDY OUR ENEMIES HAVE CHOSEN)
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To: mwl1
There was no internet or alternative media during Nixon's downfall in 73-74. Had there been, he might have survived the impeachment process.

Wrecking the monopoly of the MSM is the only thing that gives me encouragement at this time.

You have a very valid point. I long for the day when the internet takes over as the main source of news for Americans.

169 posted on 08/11/2004 9:09:21 AM PDT by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT!)
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To: CA Conservative

Affirm. Post 53.


170 posted on 08/11/2004 9:20:11 AM PDT by glock rocks (WHat are you? omnipivoyant or sumthin?)
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To: JohnHuang2; PhilDragoo; Liz; onyx; nicmarlo; Happy2BMe; potlatch; devolve; MEG33; Grampa Dave; ...
Sen. John Kerry's SWIFT meltdown: Hugh Hewitt
on why Dem's campaign, lib pundits are floundering

Thanks for the post and ping, John ! Hugh Hewitt nails it!


Excerpt:

No explanation has shown up more than 12 hours later. In the interim, the New York Post has run a story, as has the London Telegraph, and the Washington Times' editors have produced a powerful editorial on the subject.

Why all the attention? Simply put, if John Kerry can be conclusively demonstrated to have lied about aspects of his Vietnam service, the media has to ask what else has he been lying about. The voters have to ask if he can be trusted. In short: Free fall.

The lefty bloggers and talking heads are stunned into silence, and have gotten no help from the Kerry people. It's hard to spin a story that hasn't been spun by the campaign since Kerry could elect to go in completely different directions. If he hangs tough on the Christmas Eve and CIA man stories, his allies will know to hang tough as well. But they can't do that without a clear signal, because if Kerry comes out and apologizes for a tall tale, the commentators are cut off at the knees.

< snip >

Now we get to see if there's any pride left in the newsroom. Do any of these writers, reporters and producers resent getting played by Kerry? If so, payback will be stiff. Too early to tell whether Bush-hatred trumps anger at getting suckered. More to follow ...





171 posted on 08/11/2004 9:21:33 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: JohnHuang2

BUMP!


172 posted on 08/11/2004 9:35:58 AM PDT by PatriotGirl827 (God Bless America!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

"if John Kerry can be conclusively demonstrated to have lied about aspects of his Vietnam service, the media has to ask what else has he been lying about."

This would only be true if the media were dedicated to exposing the TRUTH and not to helping Kerry get elected.


173 posted on 08/11/2004 9:40:42 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: backhoe

From what Rush inferred it was a very recent meeting between levin and biden and the french..EU. At least that is the way I thought I heard it.


174 posted on 08/11/2004 10:32:02 AM PDT by GailA ( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Too early to tell whether Bush-hatred trumps anger at getting suckered.

No, it isn't too early. Bush-hatred DOES trump all. Furthermore, "big-time journalists," as Hewitt puts it, weren't suckered at all, nor are they angry at Kerry. With the sole exception of stories to discredit Kerry's "attackers," the entire saga of Kerry's Vietnam service will continue to be portrayed by those "big-time" journalists as heroic.

The swift boat story will not resonate among the general public, because few in the public will ever hear about it.

175 posted on 08/11/2004 10:49:01 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Dork, dufus, dolt, dummy, dope, Democrat ain't alliteration grand!)
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To: GailA; hchutch
Yesterday RUSH mentioned hanoi john sent biden and levin to EU i.e..france to make secret deals with them to send troops AFTER he gets election. This is how he's going to get other nations involved.

First this is illegal I would think,

Interesting. No wonder why the Democrats got their panties in a bunch over the mere ALLEGATIONS of Republican shenanigans with the Iranian government in 1980...

They don't like competition.

176 posted on 08/11/2004 11:03:15 AM PDT by Poohbah (If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I love an article with LINKS!!

Chew on this link

John Kerry's Vietnam War journal

177 posted on 08/11/2004 11:16:03 AM PDT by Mo1 (Kerry & Edwards .... they will leave no Special Interest Group behind)
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To: teletech
This hasn't seemed to touch sKerry's poll numbers yet

Have there been any polls about this ???

178 posted on 08/11/2004 11:18:11 AM PDT by Mo1 (Kerry & Edwards .... they will leave no Special Interest Group behind)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping, Tonk. Legs, legs and more legs.


179 posted on 08/11/2004 11:25:41 AM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Poohbah

Rush might be going out on a limb here.

Admittedly, Kerry has admitted doing such things in the past (see his Senate testimony where he said he met with the North Vietnamese and the VC).

But that is a reach. I'd want to see some proof.


180 posted on 08/11/2004 11:30:59 AM PDT by hchutch (I only eat dolphin-safe veal.)
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To: Poohbah

I've yet to see a story on this, Rush is rarely wrong. Unless this goes back to the foreign leaders meetings or useless nations security council meetings. In the context it was mentioned I took it to be a more recent mission.


181 posted on 08/11/2004 12:30:04 PM PDT by GailA ( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: JohnHuang2

Mr. Hewitt. The JEffinK campaign is responding. They have sent out a sock puppet, Jeh Johnson, to follow around John O'Neill wherever he goes, saying loathsome things about him.


182 posted on 08/11/2004 12:41:12 PM PDT by sauropod (Hitlary: " We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.")
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To: Eva
Remember the story seems to have evolved over the years.

Typical of a lying Genuine Imitation Wannabe Hero.
183 posted on 08/11/2004 12:59:05 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: JohnHuang2

Terrific article! Hewitt nails Kerry. If Kerry admits he lied, nothing he says stands on its own merit. If he refuses to answer, voters will draw their own conclusions. The press will have to decide whether to tell the truth and dump Kerry cheerleading in this time of great national peril, or go down with the Good Ship Kerry. Glug, glug.


184 posted on 08/11/2004 1:06:24 PM PDT by hershey
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To: JohnHuang2


185 posted on 08/11/2004 1:08:31 PM PDT by New Perspective (Proud father of a 8 month old son with Down Syndrome)
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To: GailA

That's illegal. He could be brought up on charges for running his own 'foreign policy'. He's out of his freaking mind.


186 posted on 08/11/2004 1:09:03 PM PDT by hershey
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To: JohnHuang2

Bump!


187 posted on 08/11/2004 1:09:32 PM PDT by USMCVet
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To: bondjamesbond

What will Kerry say when GW drops the Mother of all bombs, the one we admitted we had two weeks ago,(the bunker buster, 300, 000 pounder), on Iran's nuclear bomb factory? "Oh, gee, wait. My plan is to give them whatever they need in the way of nuclear elements, expertise, help them build that energy plant, and then if they don't give back the spent fuel rods, uh, well, we'll have to conclude that Iran's been lying and doesn't really like us."


188 posted on 08/11/2004 1:14:50 PM PDT by hershey
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To: JohnHuang2

"hate bush" is the only democrat objective that i see.

kerry doesn't have a clear position on any issue.


189 posted on 08/11/2004 1:15:15 PM PDT by ken21
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To: Lockbar

Disgusting.


190 posted on 08/11/2004 1:16:02 PM PDT by hershey
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To: mylife

Calling Hillary! Help! We need a new candidate! RATs and the MSM will pressure Kerry to withdraw if his numbers continue to plummet.


191 posted on 08/11/2004 1:17:51 PM PDT by hershey
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To: gunnygail

Yes, Kerry is stupider than we thought. Hehehehehhe.


192 posted on 08/11/2004 1:19:41 PM PDT by hershey
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To: tkathy

I expect the RATs are already whispering about how to dump Botoxboy.


193 posted on 08/11/2004 1:20:54 PM PDT by hershey
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To: hershey

194 posted on 08/11/2004 1:22:13 PM PDT by debg
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To: JohnHuang2
It looks like he's been lying and padding his Vietnam resume for decades and that the elite media was so in love with the story they didn't bother to check it out.

"Alex, I'll take 'Hit It Out Of The Park' for $400."

195 posted on 08/11/2004 1:22:55 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (When it's all said and done, someone starts another conversation.......)
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To: hershey
Calling Hillary! Help! We need a new candidate! RATs and the MSM will pressure Kerry to withdraw if his numbers continue to plummet.

It'll be Edwards, not Hillary!, when Kerry drops out foir whatever reason (health, polls show he is a sure loser, who know what excuse will be proffered)

196 posted on 08/11/2004 1:24:00 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: R. Scott
"He married money."

That's a HALF-TRUTH!!!

He married money ... twice.

197 posted on 08/11/2004 1:26:24 PM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Bump!


198 posted on 08/11/2004 1:41:26 PM PDT by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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To: hershey

Rats live by their own rules.


199 posted on 08/11/2004 1:47:42 PM PDT by GailA ( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: Landru
"I think we could all agree if the American people are presented the facts of any issue, they'll make the right decision regardless the issue..."

Hmmmm...that would assume that the Masses possess wisdom that I'm not ready to assume they have...sometimes, the unpopular choice is The Right Choice!!

"...therein lies the weak link. Unfortunately the "truth" has never been any more or less than what the lamestream mediot quislings said the truth is. Add to that a state-of-the-art application of the Sin of Omission & things become quite convoluted & no one can be sure of *anything* anymore, no matter how absurd. We're seeing the end result -- in one form or another -- of our nation's mediot-quislings ploys played out every single day."

I gotta agree there, much of the Masses' lack of Wisdom can be attributed to the Left's willingness to teach them things that simply are not true. However, more and more, the Truth is out there to find and you need to be willfully trying to remain STOOOPID if yer gonna continue to believe the Vast LeftWing Medyuh Whore'd's LIES!!

FReegards...MUD

200 posted on 08/11/2004 1:47:58 PM PDT by Mudboy Slim (RE-IMPEACH Osama bil Clinton!!)
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