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KERRY'S BIG SECRET REVISITED - (release to Globe reporter doesn't get him off the hook)
REAL CLEAR POLITICS.COM ^ | JUNE 9, 2005 | T. BEVAN

Posted on 06/09/2005 8:33:20 PM PDT by CHARLITE

I may have been too quick and too generous in giving John Kerry the benefit of the doubt about the full and complete release of his military records, as reported by the Boston Globe on Tuesday. As Thomas Lipscomb details in today's Chicago Sun-Times, some questions and confusion remain.

The exact details will most likely get sorted out in time, but just for the moment let's consider the one aspect of this story that we know for sure: Kerry released his records exclusively to The Boston Globe. This is an odd decision for someone seeking end speculation regarding the whole affair, and it's also a perfect example of why the issue of Kerry's military record continues to plague him.

Without maligning Michael Kranish's motives or his ability as a reporter, it's fair to point out that privately funneling documents through a single source from your hometown paper and then declaring the story "dead" and "over" is hardly the epitome of full public disclosure. John Kerry would never accept this type of standard from his political opponents or this administration. Why he thinks the public should accept it now from him is beyond me.

It's also an issue of fairness and bias in the press. When rumors and questions about George Bush's Texas Air National Guard service were recycled in early 2004, the press reacted like a pack of rabid animals, rushing to file FOIA requests and beating Scott McClellan bloody day after day with demands to see all relevant documents (Meanwhile, John Kerry's campaign took advantage of the media frenzy to send Terry McAuliffe and his minions out to denounce President Bush in public as having been AWOL). The press would have gone into high dudgeon if Bush had given documents to the Washington Times and then told everyone else to go take a hike.

Months later when questions were raised about Kerry's service record there was no media frenzy and no assault on Kerry by the press demanding full disclosure. Instead the press attacked Kerry's accusers, trying to dismiss and discredit the hundreds of veterans who came forward from all walks of life to go on the record with their complaints about Kerry.

The fact the Swift Boat Vets existed at all was the big story of the year (unprecedented in modern political history, I believe), and one that the mainstream press did their best to ignore. Is there any question what the press would have done if a similar group of a hundred (or even ten, for that matter) of George Bush's fellow Guardsmen had come forward to challenge his service, truthfulness and integrity?

Ironically enough, this was all happening right around the time Mary Mapes was phoning the Kerry campaign on behalf of Bill Burkett as part of a deal to get her hands on phony military records to put on air to damage President Bush.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 180release; billburkett; bostonglobe; cary; cbs; discharge; documents; form; form180; horseface; johnkerry; kerry; marymapes; michaelkranish; sf180; swiftboat; teresashorse; teresaspoodle; traitor; treason; vets

1 posted on 06/09/2005 8:33:20 PM PDT by CHARLITE
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To: bitt

FYI


2 posted on 06/09/2005 8:33:44 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I propose a co-Clinton team as permanent reps to Pyonyang, w/out possibility of repatriation....)
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To: CHARLITE

Kerry will never release his full records for public review. He's too much of a coward.


3 posted on 06/09/2005 8:37:32 PM PDT by ProudVet77
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To: CHARLITE
As a reminder, lest we fail to point out the obvious, I offer this from Amazon.com to the esteemed writer from the Chicago Sun-Times:

John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography By The Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best (Publicaffairs Reports) by Michael Kranish, Brian C. Mooney, Nina J. Easton, Nina Easton

4 posted on 06/09/2005 8:43:59 PM PDT by alancarp (When does it cease to be "Freedom of the Press" and become outright SEDITION?)
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To: CHARLITE; johnny7; TomGuy; maryz; Lonesome in Massachussets; JLO; gidget7; nopardons; Kenny Bunk; ..

big bump to you!
LT ping!

if anyone wants on or off the lying traitor ping list, let me know by FRmail.


5 posted on 06/09/2005 8:44:32 PM PDT by bitt ("There are troubling signs Bush doesn't care about winning a third term." (JH2))
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To: CHARLITE

John O'Neill has pointed out that Kerry has not made a complete disclosure.


6 posted on 06/09/2005 8:46:53 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: CHARLITE

Damn this guy is a weasel. Shame on the people of Boston.


7 posted on 06/09/2005 8:47:52 PM PDT by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: CHARLITE

Michael Kranish=Kerry butt boy


8 posted on 06/09/2005 8:48:48 PM PDT by socal_parrot
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To: Tribune7

The people who are protecting the privacy of John Kerry's military records seem to be leak proof, the Congress of the United States should take lessons from them. Would that our national secrets received the same protection.


9 posted on 06/09/2005 8:49:58 PM PDT by pepperdog
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To: CHARLITE
Yep, I picked up on the Kerry credibility gap because the blogosphere was on the subject, right after the selected release of selected documents got the you-betcha from the homey birdcage liner, the Boston Globe.

Click below for my take on this aspect of the doofus I met at Yale in 1963. He was an arrogant, social-climbing, empty suit then. He's gotten better in all those critical skills in the years since. LOL.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column: "Hunting the Great White ... Minivan"

10 posted on 06/09/2005 8:52:19 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (For copies of my speech, "Dealing with Outlaw Judges," please Freepmail me.)
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To: CHARLITE

Kerry must assume that all Americans are stupid when he tries such an overt trick. Or else he's just desperate.


11 posted on 06/09/2005 8:55:33 PM PDT by kitkat
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To: bitt

12 posted on 06/09/2005 8:57:57 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (The theory of evolution is the great cosmogenic myth of the twentieth century - Michael Denton)
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To: reagan_fanatic

LOL


13 posted on 06/09/2005 9:02:24 PM PDT by Bouchart ("I was saying boo-urns.....")
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To: alancarp

The Paid book deal.


14 posted on 06/09/2005 9:11:52 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Oh my gosh, that is hilarious!! Great post!


15 posted on 06/09/2005 9:13:05 PM PDT by CO Gal (Liberals should be seen, but not heard..)
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To: bitt

Thanks for the ping. :-)


16 posted on 06/09/2005 9:13:50 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: pepperdog
>>>>The people who are protecting the privacy of John Kerry's military records seem to be leak proof

This is what happens to leakers.

17 posted on 06/09/2005 9:14:41 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: ProudVet77

Right. Kerry is MUCH too much of a dam coward.


18 posted on 06/09/2005 9:14:41 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (McCain is still scum)
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To: reagan_fanatic

19 posted on 06/09/2005 9:18:41 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: CHARLITE
The fact remains that since Kerry will not release all his records means that he is guilty of lying, cheating, and proved he is a traitor.
20 posted on 06/09/2005 9:30:07 PM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: Logical me

Skerry is just a FOOL.


21 posted on 06/09/2005 9:34:39 PM PDT by jocko12
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To: CHARLITE

JFK1/2 = Full Medal Jackass...


22 posted on 06/09/2005 9:52:31 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (Make welfare as hard to get as a building permit)
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To: bitt

Thanks for the ping!


23 posted on 06/10/2005 9:23:19 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: bitt

Thanks!


24 posted on 06/10/2005 8:43:28 PM PDT by Seadog Bytes (“The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.”—Edmund Burke)
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