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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: 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.

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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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