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Mary Annís story: Will the big media call Kerry on his lie?
Union Leader ^ | 8/19/04

Posted on 08/19/2004 1:04:53 AM PDT by kattracks

SEN. JOHN Kerry visits Derry today to talk about health care. While on the subject, maybe he can explain why he is lying about a New Hampshire woman’s insurance status.

Repeatedly throughout his campaign, Kerry has held up Hudson resident Mary Ann Knowles as an example of President Bush’s failure to ensure adequate health care for all Americans (as if a President can do such a thing). Here is what he said during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention last month:

“What does it mean when Mary Ann Knowles, a woman with breast cancer I met in New Hampshire, had to keep working day after day right through her chemotherapy, no matter how sick she felt, because she was terrified of losing her family’s health insurance? America can do better. And help is on the way.”

Thing is, Mary Ann Knowles did not have to work through her chemotherapy to keep her health insurance. In fact, she has great health insurance, which includes 26 weeks of paid disability leave.

Knowles chose to work through most, but not all, of her chemotherapy because her husband was out of a job. (Kerry said she had to work “every day” of her chemotherapy. His campaign chalked that lie up to “a colloquialism.”)

She and husband John did not want to take the pay cut that would have come with disability leave, so Mary Ann kept working. But that is not how Kerry tells the story. He deliberately misstates her situation, saying she would have lost her health coverage if she took a single day off.

When President Bush was given incorrect information, then innocently repeated it, the national press had a field day. In attacking the President, Michael Moore said it mattered not whether Bush knew the information was false before he repeated it; what mattered was that he uttered something that was not true. Well, here we have Kerry knowingly telling a false story in hopes of scaring people into voting for him. Where is the outrage?



TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: kerry; kerrylies; maryannknowles

1 posted on 08/19/2004 1:04:54 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks

No they won't report it. Not truthfully anyway.


2 posted on 08/19/2004 1:06:25 AM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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To: kattracks

No they won't report it. Not truthfully anyway.


3 posted on 08/19/2004 1:06:27 AM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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To: kattracks

Local talk show host Jerry Agar talked about this about a week or so ago. He actually had a caller who believed it was Kerry telling the truth and Mary was lying!


6 posted on 08/19/2004 6:38:17 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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He actually had a caller who believed it was Kerry telling the truth and Mary was lying!

Kool-aid drinkers lose the ability of critical thought.

7 posted on 08/19/2004 6:47:54 AM PDT by tioga (Flush the johns in '04!)
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To: kattracks

Kerry is getting incredible passes. Think Dan Quayle.


8 posted on 08/19/2004 6:52:18 AM PDT by Dante3
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