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About that book flap: Michael Kranish, "Our Plan for America" and the Boston Globe
Bostone Globe ^ | August 16, 2004 | Christine Chinlund

Posted on 08/16/2004 7:39:52 AM PDT by rface

For those who missed the article on Page A4 of the Aug. 7 Globe -- and judging from last week's e-mails, many did -- here's an attempt to set the record straight on the matter of an upcoming book sponsored by the Kerry campaign, "Our Plan for America: Stronger at Home, Respected in the World," published by PublicAffairs.

Globe reporter Michael Kranish was not commissioned to write the introduction to that book, contrary to reports by some conservative commentators and Internet gossip Matt Drudge. Kranish had agreed to write the introduction to a different book -- an independent one, not sponsored by the campaign, titled "Kerry and Edwards: Their Plans and Promises" -- but the publisher scrapped that project at the last minute when it got the chance to do a book with the campaign.

[ snip ]

That fact, unfortunately, was not made immediately clear on Amazon.com. For a while, according to the publisher, an incorrect listing on Amazon.com implied -- erroneously -- that Kranish had contributed to the campaign book.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bostoneglobe; bostonglobe; kerry; kranish; planforamerica
As for other commentators' erroneous reports suggesting Kranish was involved in the campaign book, Taft added, "This is a case where good journalism ran up against bad journalism."

The ombudsman represents the readers. Her opinions and conclusions are her own. Phone 617-929-3020 or, to leave a message, 929-3022. Our e-mail address is ombud@globe.com.

1 posted on 08/16/2004 7:39:53 AM PDT by rface
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To: rface

Distinction without a difference.


2 posted on 08/16/2004 7:45:28 AM PDT by Lost Highway (The things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.)
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To: rface

No credibility. I don't believe a word these people say.


3 posted on 08/16/2004 7:45:46 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: rface

Let the spin begin...

4 posted on 08/16/2004 7:45:53 AM PDT by HawkeyeLonewolf (Christian First, American Second)
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To: rface

Different books, same ethical breach.


5 posted on 08/16/2004 7:47:36 AM PDT by theDentist ("John Kerry changes positions more often than a Nevada prostitute.")
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To: rface
For those who missed the article on Page A4 of the Aug. 7 Globe

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Globe Editor Martin Baron noted that earlier this summer Kranish worked with PublicAffairs -- the publisher of the Boston Globe biography of Kerry, "John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography by the Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best" -- to write a short introduction to a second project: an independent, unauthorized review of publicly available documents dealing with the platform and policy statements of Kerry and Edwards. That project was in no way connected with the Kerry-Edwards campaign, Baron said......

.....When PublicAffairs subsequently struck an agreement with the Kerry campaign to do an official campaign book, Kranish's relationship with the project immediately ended," Baron said.

Peter Osnos, publisher of PublicAffairs, said both Drudge and Amazon, the online bookseller peddling the upcoming Kerry-Edwards book, had made a mistake in suggesting Kranish had written its introduction.

"As far as I can tell, if there's any malign intent here, it was someone making Drudge think Michael was somehow doing something for [Kerry's] campaign," Osnos said.

The Globe book, "John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography," is an unauthorized biography. The work draws on extensive interviews with the candidate, all conducted before 2004. After he emerged as the presumptive Democratic nominee, Kerry declined to cooperate with further interviews.

Amazon, the online bookseller, apparently contributed to the confusion with a listing for the Kerry-approved campaign book indicating Kranish as the author. PublicAffairs' officials said yesterday that Amazon had agreed to revise the listing immediately.

Kerry campaign spokesman Michael Meehan said Kranish had no connection to the campaign.

6 posted on 08/16/2004 7:47:47 AM PDT by rface (Ashland, Missouri - monthly donor - bad speller)
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To: rface

Including Kranish's name imprinted on the book jacket? Either the site was hacked - in which case why isn't this article saying so? - or someone here is covering up the truth. As it stands the BG has ZERO credibility.


7 posted on 08/16/2004 7:48:58 AM PDT by Paul_B
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To: rface

He was a reporter before he sold out to the Kerry campaign, eh ?


8 posted on 08/16/2004 7:50:48 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: rface

Did George Orwell have this covered in '1984' or what? Revisionist history at its best!


9 posted on 08/16/2004 7:51:47 AM PDT by Chieftain (Support the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and expose Hanoi John's FRAUD!)
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To: rface

No, he's just a "fan" who had written one book about Kerry along with the other "Boston Globe reporters who knew him best," and he had agreed to write the introduction to a second book about Kerry so long as it was under the radar.

We are supposed to accept this as evidence of Kranish's "unbiased objectivity," when in fact it is evidence that Kranish is a partisan hack who grinds Kerry's ax for pin money while employed as a reporter for the Boston Globe.

10 posted on 08/16/2004 7:56:31 AM PDT by Nick Danger (www.swiftvets.com)
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To: Chieftain

File it under "Kerrythink."


11 posted on 08/16/2004 7:56:58 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: rface

Why should I believe the Boston Globe, or any other Kerry media outlet for that matter?


12 posted on 08/16/2004 7:58:02 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: rface
Kranish had agreed to write the introduction to a different book -- an independent one, not sponsored by the campaign, titled "Kerry and Edwards: Their Plans and Promises" -- but the publisher scrapped that project at the last minute when it got the chance to do a book with the campaign.

I've always thought the book Kranish was ostensibly "really" hired to write the forward to sounds suspiciously Kerry campaign-esque.

Does he want to reveal who commissioned yon book, "Kerry and Edwards: Their Plans and Promises", and what their relationship IS to the Kerry campaign. Sounds like another definition of "is" to me.

Besides, I think Kranish's forward was included in the Kerry campaign propaganda piece. See the Barnes and Noble website:

Our Plan for America: Stronger at Home, Respected in the World

Accreditation
Michael Kranish has worked for the Boston Globe for more than 20 years, including the last 16 in the newspaper's Washington Bureau. He is co-author of John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography (PublicAffairs, 2004).

13 posted on 08/16/2004 8:00:57 AM PDT by cyncooper ("We will fear no evil...And we will prevail")
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To: Chieftain
Did George Orwell have this covered in '1984' or what? Revisionist history at its best!

OLD SPEAK, NEW SPEAK, OLD THINK, NEW THINK, DOUBLE THINK. George Orwell was a bloody genius, and prophet.

14 posted on 08/16/2004 8:03:43 AM PDT by cpdiii ( Oil field trash ( and proud of it) turned pharmacist.)
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To: rface
Kranish had agreed to write the introduction to a different book -- an independent one, not sponsored by the campaign, titled "Kerry and Edwards: Their Plans and Promises"

Yeah because that's the political book the publishing world has been anticipating for years. It was only the selection of Kerry/Edwards as the Pres/VP candidates that scuppered that plan.

15 posted on 08/16/2004 8:06:33 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy ("Despise not the jester. Often he is the only one speaking the truth")
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To: Lost Highway

Matt Drudge is a much more honest, reliable and acceptable source than the globe, the nyt and the rest of the left wing ....


16 posted on 08/16/2004 8:17:16 AM PDT by newsgatherer
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To: rface
"Kranish had agreed to write the introduction to a different book -- an independent one, not sponsored by the campaign, titled "Kerry and Edwards: Their Plans and Promises" -- but the publisher scrapped that project at the last minute when it got the chance to do a book with the campaign".
Ultimately the same information will be inserted into the "campaign" book. Kranish and Boston Globe are just splitting hairs.

Spin, spin, spin
17 posted on 08/16/2004 8:21:30 AM PDT by tobyhill (The war on terrorism is not for the weak!)
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To: rface

Our Plan for America: Stronger at Home, Respected in the World


Table of Contents
Introduction by Michael Kranish
John Kerry on the Issues
100 Days to Change America
The Issues:
AGRICULTURE
AIDS
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES
CHILDREN
CIVIL RIGHTS
COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY
CRIME
ECONOMY AND JOBS
EDUCATION
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
FOREIGN POLICY
HEALTH CARE
HOMELAND SECURITY
HOUSING
IMMIGRATION
IRAQ
LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender)
NATIONAL SERVICE
NATIVE AMERICANS
NURSES
PROTECTING AMERICA'S WORKERS
SENIORS
SMALL BUSINESSES
TECHNOLOGY
TRADE
VETERANS
WOMEN'S ISSUES
Appendices
Campaign biography of John Kerry
Campaign biography of John Edwards
John Kerry's Announcement Speech

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?userid=pT7xKXs9Rw&ean=9781586483142&displayonly=TOC#TOC


18 posted on 08/16/2004 8:27:25 AM PDT by Jim_Curtis (Liberals lie at the premise, accept their premise and you can only lose the argument.)
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To: Jim_Curtis

Well, I see your post dovetails with my #13.

Did the Kerry campaign pull the forward and are now claiming Kranish's forward was never included?

Yet another lie on the steaming pile.


19 posted on 08/16/2004 8:31:57 AM PDT by cyncooper ("We will fear no evil...And we will prevail")
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To: Jim_Curtis
I actually think this is a great thing.
When dishonest propagandists put things in writing, pointing out the distortions and outright lies are much easier to refute, debunk and ridicule.
20 posted on 08/16/2004 8:32:47 AM PDT by Publius6961 (I don't do diplomacy either.)
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To: rface
If the Globe is going to stick with their claim, why don't they take on Drudge through the legal system? If they did that then Kranish and the Globe will have to release the information of all funds and gifts that came from the Kerry Campaign.
The Globe is French Toast.
21 posted on 08/16/2004 8:40:54 AM PDT by tobyhill (The war on terrorism is not for the weak!)
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To: Publius6961
actually think this is a great thing. When dishonest propagandists put things in writing, pointing out the distortions and outright lies are much easier to refute, debunk and ridicule.

Yeah, I didn't even need to use my keyboard for that one. Just two simple cut and pastes using the mouse.

22 posted on 08/16/2004 8:54:11 AM PDT by Jim_Curtis (Liberals lie at the premise, accept their premise and you can only lose the argument.)
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To: rface
As for other commentators' erroneous reports suggesting Kranish was involved in the campaign book, Taft added, "This is a case where good journalism ran up against bad journalism."

$#@@%&

Responsible journalists pursued the story past pat denials. They ended up deciding even with all the weird discrepancies that Kranish was clean. It was not at all "bad journalism," it was real journalism, as opposed to fellating the Democrats.

23 posted on 08/16/2004 8:56:32 AM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: cyncooper

cyncooper: You really need to go to work as a paid researcher!

If the DNC is reading ANY of your posts, they should be feeling deeply ashamed of themselves. They have become transcribers and you are doing their jobs for them, and for us. Thank you.


24 posted on 08/16/2004 8:58:48 AM PDT by Peach (The Clinton's pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: tobyhill; rface
"Kranish had agreed to write the introduction to a different book -- an independent one, not sponsored by the campaign, titled "Kerry and Edwards: Their Plans and Promises" -- but the publisher scrapped that project at the last minute when it got the chance to do a book with the campaign".

In other words, upon learning of this unauthorized review, the Kerry campaign bribed the publisher to not pursue the book by offering up an authorized book. Now there is a story worth pursuing.

25 posted on 08/16/2004 9:01:32 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (When it came to Intelligence, Kerry was absent)
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To: Peach

Thank you very much.

BTW, click my link. The Kranish "accreditation" is now...gone.

I think it's plain to see I did a direct cut and paste so that demonstrates it most certainly was there before.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm


26 posted on 08/16/2004 9:02:35 AM PDT by cyncooper ("We will fear no evil...And we will prevail")
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To: cyncooper

Sheesh. Now they are playing with the links thinking this will solve their problems.


27 posted on 08/16/2004 9:06:25 AM PDT by Peach (The Clinton's pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: rface
Kranish had agreed to write the introduction to a different book -- an independent one, not sponsored by the campaign, titled "Kerry and Edwards: Their Plans and Promises" -- but the publisher scrapped that project at the last minute when it got the chance to do a book with the campaign.

And how in the HELL is this supposed to assure us of Kranish's objective reporting skills? What is this nonsense? Does the GLOBE think EVERYONE is STUPID? Or do they just not care? What in the HELL does NOT taking money from the campaign coffers have to do with BIAS?

28 posted on 08/16/2004 9:06:54 AM PDT by Republic (joe wilson is a LIAR-but since he is a democrat-the mainstream press is OK with it :^()
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To: rface

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=3184274&sourceid=0100000030660805302498

Explain this one.


29 posted on 08/16/2004 9:07:38 AM PDT by Jim_Curtis (Liberals lie at the premise, accept their premise and you can only lose the argument.)
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To: Peach

For the record:

I went to barnesandnoble.com and entered Kranish in the search engine. Of the hits I got, the first one was the link I provided and then I did the cut and paste from that very page for the Kerry/Edwards book.


30 posted on 08/16/2004 9:10:04 AM PDT by cyncooper ("We will fear no evil...And we will prevail")
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To: Peach; All

In fact, try it yourself everybody.

Go to barnesandnoble.com and simply enter Kranish in the search bar (I did not modify the category search) and the very FIRST listing offered is the Kerry/Edwards book though they've now removed the accreditation that was there earlier per the cut and paste I (thank heaven) posted in #13.


31 posted on 08/16/2004 9:14:53 AM PDT by cyncooper ("We will fear no evil...And we will prevail")
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To: HawkeyeLonewolf

I emailed the OM(Kery's)Bud)

It was only in the Subject line but read:

ombud@globe.com, AKA we love Kerry, the man who lied....while good men died.


32 posted on 08/16/2004 9:15:43 AM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: Paul_B
read the cover on kerry's book - Michael Kranish' name is on it:


33 posted on 08/16/2004 9:28:37 AM PDT by rface (Ashland, Missouri - monthly donor - bad speller)
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To: rface
"As far as I can tell, if there's any malign intent here, it was someone making Drudge think Michael was somehow doing something for [Kerry's] campaign," Osnos said.

Of course. How silly of us. That's what Lurch has the Globe's editorial board for.

34 posted on 08/16/2004 9:32:18 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("If I had a hammer, I'd use it on Peter, Paul and Mary." - Howard Rosenberg)
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To: cpdiii

Not really. He just reported what he saw when the scales fell from his eyes.


35 posted on 08/16/2004 9:37:58 AM PDT by Frumious Bandersnatch
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To: rface
...but the publisher scrapped that project at the last minute when it got the chance to do a book with the campaign.

Soooo, it was a campaign book before it wasn't a campaign book?
36 posted on 08/16/2004 10:30:37 AM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: rface

Let me repeat. Either that pic was hacked - in which case why isn't this article saying so? - or someone here is covering up the truth.


37 posted on 08/16/2004 10:43:30 AM PDT by Paul_B
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