Skip to comments.Kerry campaign says timing of 'Fortunate Son' ad campaign, 60 Minutes story a 'coincidence'
Posted on 09/23/2004 2:31:31 PM PDT by ambrose
September 23, 2004 at 12:13PM MST
NBC's Lisa Myers Reports
Kerry campaign says timing of 'Fortunate Son' ad campaign, 60 Minutes story a 'coincidence'
Having acknowledged that its own standards were violated, CBS News named an independent panel to investigate what went wrong: Former Republican Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and retired chief of the Associated Press Louis Boccardi.
The investigation focuses on the process that led to airing possibly fraudulent documents challenging the President's military service and why the CBS Producer put the source of those documents, longtime Bush critic Bill Burkett, in touch with the Kerry Campaign before the story aired.
Journalism expert Robert Steele says, "The producer in this case was already operating in an ethical minefield. She squirted gasoline on the explosives when she made that connection."
Republicans launched a frontal attack on CBS, accusing the network of "a serious lapse in judgment" beyond the initial report in not suspending producer Mary Mapes and apologizing only for the documents rather than retracting the story itself.
Republicans said the Kerry Campaign clearly knew something about the CBS Report before it aired.
Terry Holt of the Republican National Committee says, "We think they should come clean and answer the question, 'what information did you obtain and what did you intend to do with it?'"
The day before the CBS report, Democrats began a concerted attack on the President's National Guard record.
However, the Kerry Campaign insists it knew nothing about the CBS documents, claiming the timing was a coincidence.
I think they're sugar-coating things.
And if you believe that it was a coincidence I'm sure you also believe in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.
Every penney they spend on such advertising is just wasted.
I believe in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus but NOT in the Kerry/MSM coincidence.
Hey, I was going to say that!
I've noticed a lot of those lately. It's like the thing about the draft coming back. First you hear a word about it from some politician on a talk show, and next thing you know, it's in every newspaper and magazine in the land--and in campaign commercials too. Instantaneously. And all by chance. Must be something in the stars this season.
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!
Indeed. the Kerry/Edwards campaign is a long bout of sugarcoating, although I would say that Edwards is the most sacharine candidate since Bill Clinton. Kerry & Edwards are the SugarCoat Twins.
Dems Take Chance With 'Fortunate Son' Slam
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON Sept. 9, 2004 Seizing on 30-year-old memos and memories, Sen. John Kerry's operatives are painting an unflattering portrait of President Bush as the "fortunate son" who used family connections to dodge the Vietnam War and then lied about it.
"Two things: One, he didn't tell the truth and that's not going to go away," said Howard Wolfson, a strategist dispatched to the DNC by Kerry's campaign to go negative on Bush. "Second, it begins to paint a picture of a very fortunate son who uses connections and pulls strings for special favors. That is a theme running through the man's life."
How long was it after the CBS memos aired that Kerry's commercial using the memos started running?
How long does a commercial like that usually take to plan and make?
I say let the deny all they want. This just keep the story going.
I continue to be amazed at how stupid they think we are...he is such an elitist!
Wish some talented freeper would have some morning cereal graphics fun with sugar coatings...
And the tooth fairy too. :-)
WHO in the Kerry campaign?? Whoever said that is a lying piece of crap!!
Sure. Just a CO-WINKIE-DINK! Give up Ketchup.
I've been out all day and just read the "sugar coating" coincidink. LOL, McAuliffe stepped in it now.
Has the MSM caught on to this story yet...the timing of the "sugar coating" phrase?
The SeeBS/DNC "coincidence" is like the coincidence between smoke and fire.
They committed a mortal sin against George W. Bush.
However, the Kerry Campaign insists it knew nothing about the CBS documents, claiming the timing was a coincidence.It was too bad that JFK just happened to be in front of that assassin's bullet. And what about President Clinton's penis that, coincidently, found itself in the same space occupied by that young intern's oral cavity?
Has anyone noticed what this says about the AP?
One would presume this is a balanced and fair committee. Since Thornberg is clearly the Republican, that makes Louis Boccardi the Democrat.
What does that say about the AP? The former head of the AP is so biased hes picked as the Democratic counterweight to a former Republican Attorney General.
Doesnt this just scream AP is biased to you?
Or perhaps M&M's with the nuts inside.
It's going to take a lot of sugar to coat this coincidence. I expect shortages to arise in the stores soon.
"Wish some talented freeper would have some morning cereal graphics fun with sugar coatings..."
Yeah, "SugarCoat Twins Cereal."
Socialist Surprise Toy Inside.
I think the Kerry Campaign needs its own independent investigation. CBS is leading the way.
Kerry is a congenital liar.
Wolfson's operation is well-oiled. His first day at the helm of OFS was Monday, September 6. On September 14, McAuliffe held a press conference and used the "Operation Fortunate Son" slogan for the first time. However, OFS was planned much earlier. Look back at the month before the operation began, and aspects of the Democrats' strategy come into focus, like the outline of a figure emerging from the mist.
On August 11, for example, Bob Tuke, the Tennessee state chair of Veterans for Kerry, told a Nashville radio station that, soon, "We may also know why Bush failed to show up for his medical exam that caused him to lose his flight status." A few weeks later, on September 1, liberal blogger Joshua Micah Marshall reported that Dan Rather was working on a 60 Minutes story about Bush and the Guard. On September 2, the day Bush accepted his party's nomination in New York, the online magazine Salon published an exhaustive investigation into the "unanswered questions" surrounding the president's service. On September 6, Terry McAuliffe issued a press release detailing "what we don't know" about Bush's Guard years. Another DNC release on the same topic followed on September 7. Three more followed on September 8, the day 60 Minutes aired its story featuring the now-discredited Guard memos. One of the DNC releases that day relied heavily on the 60 Minutes report.
Also on September 8, an independent group called Texans for Truth, whose founder has ties to the anti-Bush group MoveOn.org, announced it would run ads on Bush and the Guard in several swing states. A new batch of National Guard documents were released that day, too, and the Boston Globe and the Associated Press both featured stories on the new finds. The Globe story concluded that "Bush fell well short of meeting his military obligation." Then, on September 9, the DNC issued two more press releases that again quoted extensively from the 60 Minutes report, including from the discredited memos.
The DNC continued to issue press releases on Bush and the Guard, but, after September 9, the releases no longer mentioned the memos. The absence was noticeable.
Okay....so they got lucky with a coincidence?
See BS....no way Jose....Jeese Louise....How dumb do they think Americans are?
Lisa knows a story when she sees and smells one..she will pursue with all vigor...until..her phone rings from upstairs..
Pray for W and The Truth
It was just another strange case of Mental Telepathy. Kind of like the time President Nixon sent John Kerry to Cambodia on Christmas Eve 1968. Nixon was signaling him even before he became President. MT is powerful stuff.
But the timing of the Sandy Berger investigation was a deliberate White House plot.....riiiiight.....
Wolfson was on Kudloe & Cramer this afternoon....they ripped him to pieces on this so called coincidence....
His response was ....."we got lucky."
He looked like he was about to cry!
CBS report: Sept. 8 evening
Kerry fortunate son ad: Sept. 9 day
so less than 24 hours...and I can guarantee you it takes far longer to produce an ad and distribute it.
I'd rather be a fortunate son than an unfortunate gigolo...
Ya right a 'coincidence'.
Well, it is also a coincidence that it got light about the same time that the sun came up this morning.
Wolfson was just doing Hitlery's bidding. It was all an act.
Call for a full accounting... It is a serious crime to use forged government documents in an attempt to swing an election. Somebody needs to go to jail... Let the indictments begin and we will see who will go on the record in defense of the Kerry campaign... You see when faced with possible perjury and jail time... even die hard partisans will become rational people and may just tell the truth...
It's surprising that Lisa Meyer is even asking this question.
Yeah, and it was just a coincidence that Lou Gehrig's disease was named for the great ballplayer. It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he died of it.
I am willing to believe anything at least once..it was just a coincidence..that and lockhart and burkett talked on the phone before it broke..I am sure they discussed differences between the movie and book versions of "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy..we should give them the benefit of the doubt..I must go now..tereza is coming to town to berate us..wish us luck..
I would bet that there waw careful coordination. In fact, if the document had been forged as carefully as the timing was arranged, they would have gotten away with it.
Sheesh, you think the peeples are stoopid??
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