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Bob Kerrey bid causes left to lash out (They let the expletives fly)
Politico ^ | 3/02/12 | DAVID CATANESE

Posted on 03/04/2012 5:28:50 PM PST by Libloather

Bob Kerrey bid causes left to lash out
By DAVID CATANESE | 3/2/12 6:16 PM EST

Bob Kerrey took a lonely position against banning gay marriage in the 1990s. He opposed a ban on flag desecration, voted against welfare reform and ran up high Americans for Democratic Action scores while serving as the senator from one of the most conservative states in the nation.

But when he announced his plans to run for his old Senate seat earlier this week, it was greeted with boos, hisses and expletives from the left.

Welcome back to Washington, senator.

While the Democratic establishment in D.C. is thrilled by his prospective return — the former two-term senator, after all, gives the party a shot at winning a Nebraska seat that was considered all but lost to the party — progressives responded to the news by sharpening their knives.

In the liberal blogosphere, the most energetic quarter of the party, Kerrey’s comeback bid was lambasted as the return of yet another mushy moderate. The online left says it won’t lift a finger for him — and in some cases, it’s even rooting against Kerrey.


“I hope he gets carpet bombed. The more Republicans spend in Nebraska, the less they’ll have to go after Democratic Senate candidates who actually act like Democrats,” said Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the influential blog Daily Kos. “And if it turns out he needs the help, then too bad. F—- him.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: elections; kerrey; kerrey2012; left; ne2012
"I hope he gets carpet bombed."

Hate speech?

1 posted on 03/04/2012 5:29:00 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

I wish the entire American public could see the vile rhetoric of the American Left.

2 posted on 03/04/2012 5:32:15 PM PST by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: Libloather

Moulitsa should be more careful with his words. Bob Kerry ex-navy SEAL would clean the floor with his fagotty face.

3 posted on 03/04/2012 5:37:59 PM PST by bubman
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To: Libloather

Maybe he should switch parties

4 posted on 03/04/2012 5:38:07 PM PST by SaintDismas
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To: Libloather

Bob Kerrey voted 5 times to allow partial birth abortion. He was against a parental notification of abortion..... He also has as heavy baggage from his actions in Vietnam.

5 posted on 03/04/2012 5:46:08 PM PST by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed.)
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To: Libloather
The media is already preparing Kerrey’s defense for his actions in Vietnam, saying things like, he feels so guilty and he lost his leg. The left quickly defended him, which is exactly the opposite of what they do for our troops today. They are all hypocrites.

Why does media ‘frame’ the Bob Kerrey
in Vietnam story the way it does?

A recent New York Times article (4/25/01) alleging that former Senator Bob Kerrey was involved in Vietnam War atrocities at a village named Thanh Phong posed some interesting challenges to the Washington Post. Although this story has finally drawn critical attention towards Kerrey, the Post’s efforts at spin control speaks volumes about how the mainstream media protects those with power and privilege.

Bob Kerrey received a Bronze Star after reporting that his SEAL unit killed 21 members of the Viet Cong in Thanh Phong on 2/25/1969. (This medal has been featured in all of his political campaigns.) The New York Times article reported that Gerhard Klann, a member of the SEAL team, is still haunted by the memories of what Kerrey’s Raiders really did. According to Klann, the team was ordered by Kerrey to kill the peasant inhabitants of a small dwelling there. (The team, deep in enemy territory, believed they were endangered if living witnesses of their presence survived.)

Klann says that Kerrey personally assisted with the throat-cutting of an elderly peasant, and that some babies were executed along with the rest. In response, Kerrey publicly disputes Klann’s account, saying that the SEAL team was being fired upon when they fired blindly in the dark, killing all of the civilians. (Many consider this feat to be highly unlikely.)

Kerrey also acknowledges that the bodies were grouped together execution-style, but insists that the team didn’t conduct cold-blooded murder. Kerrey has also impugned Klann’s character by suggesting that he is an unstable drunk.

It is not this author’s intention to criticize Kerrey here for what was probably a common activity in Vietnam. Instead, the issue is how the influential Washington Post dealt with the publication of Klann’s version of the Thanh Phong story.

In short, the Washington Post whitewashed the news. Shortly after the Thanh Phong story (April 27, 2001) broke they ran a large photograph on its front page. It is a picture of a deeply sad Kerrey with a facial expression that suggests he’s about to cry. Behind Kerrey, there’s a blurry image of the flag. Everywhere else in the picture is darkness.

The photograph certainly looks staged. It is so perfectly composed to convey acceptance for Kerrey that it looks as if it came from a PR firm. Even more extraordinary is the caption which appeared above the photo (and just underneath the masthead): “Anguished Memories, Strong Support.”

Remember, this is the front page, not the editorial page. Yet, the Post’s caption (in the most prominent place physically possible) reads like an instruction from our government for us to follow. The Official Story, then, is that Kerrey is sorry; and there’s “strong support” (e.g., from the nation, the Post, etc.) on behalf of this plainly suffering man.

If you read the Post that day you may have found this critical paragraph: “[Kerrey] said his squad was fired upon at night, that it returned fire and that [about 20] children and women died. At the same time, he conceded that their bodies were found grouped together in the middle of the tiny village of Thanh Phong in a manner suggestive of an execution. Another member of his unit, Gerhard Klann, has said Kerrey ordered his men to round up and kill the villagers.”

Obviously, these are extraordinary revelations for a Presidential hopeful for 2004. Certainly, the staged photograph and the extraordinary what-you-should-think caption on the front page are designed to discourage people from diving into the issue and finding that paragraph.

Regular Mediawise readers understand the pattern: The Post provides different functions for the masses and with their elite readers. For the general public, the Post is saying don’t get too worked up; we’re all behind him. For the readers more in the know, that paragraph explains the situation and what the Post plans to work for.

The Post continued to pull out all the stops for Kerrey for several weeks. Two days later (4/29/01), their damage-control team put out an article entitled “Kerrey Team Takes Issue with Report.” In it we learn that in 1998, on the eve of what appeared to be the likely publication of an article in Newsweek on the matter, Kerrey met with the other six of the seven members of the SEAL team to corroborate their stories. (the Post never mentioned that the Washington Post Company also owns Newsweek. Also, the Post never questioned Newsweek’s decision to spike the story, suggesting it is okay for a Senator to be an alleged war criminal.)

Coming three years after that meeting, the Washington Post's article is not offered as criticism that the six men met to work on their stories. Instead, without irony we’re reassured, “The group issued a unanimous statement after the meeting, disputing key elements of a starkly different version of events given by Gerhard Klann.”

Op-eds came in by droves in support of Kerrey. On the same day (4/29/01) as the Post’s gleeful report that the rest of the SEAL team disputes Klann’s version came an editorial written by Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA), Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). Within the border of the editorial is yet another photograph of Kerrey looking gravely concerned. The first sentence of the editorial, “War is hell,” conveys perfectly what is on the minds of the three Senators: Kerrey should not be investigated for war crimes.

It took several weeks after the New York Times article before the Washington Post published an article that acknowledged some of the weaknesses of Kerrey’s claims. This came when they ran a front-page article that included interviews with Vietnamese survivors of the Thanh Phong atrocity. (As of May 22, the Post had not yet archived this article on their website, another familiar practice with them.)

Even with the belated article critical of Kerrey, at no point did the Washington Post offer their readers the big picture. They haven’t mentioned that Kerrey’s deeds in Thanh Phong were almost certainly part of a larger operation known as Operation Phoenix. Readers of the alternative media are familiar with this CIA-sponsored death squad and terror program where tens of thousands of innocent Vietnamese were killed in an unsuccessful effort to demoralize the enemy.

The Post’s coverage of the Bob Kerrey-in-Thanh Phong story makes sense from a business perspective. The Washington Post is in the business of selling advertising. They keep their advertisers happiest if they frame the news in a light that causes the buying public the least amount of distress.

Still, there’s a time when the public needs to know the awful truths about our political figures. The Washington Post's blatant spin control on behalf of Bob Kerrey suggests they actually prefer working to keep the war-crime allegations of our political leaders hushed up.

Scott Loughrey

6 posted on 03/04/2012 6:05:47 PM PST by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed.)
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To: Libloather

Lest anyone be deceived, Bob Kerry is as liberal as they come. The only reason he is running in Nebraska is to force republicans to spend money here.

What’s more troubling is that some of my fellow Nebraska residents would vote for a man who never represented us well and has not been a resident of this state for over 10 years.

7 posted on 03/04/2012 6:08:42 PM PST by Newbomb Turk (The sheepdogs guard the sheep.)
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8 posted on 03/04/2012 6:11:39 PM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Libloather

HAte speech?

Yeah, I guess the race to the biggest loser comes to mind...

9 posted on 03/04/2012 6:12:47 PM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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10 posted on 03/04/2012 6:20:30 PM PST by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed.)
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To: SaintDismas
Maybe he should switch parties

No thank you.  We have enough RINO's in the party as it is.

11 posted on 03/04/2012 7:02:59 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: Linda Frances

While I disagree completely with his politics, and hope he is unsuccessful in his effort to become a US Senator again, I’ve met the man on several occasions, the first time in the early ‘70s, shortly after his return from Vietnam and his recuperation from his injuries. Like many Vietnam vets, he did not talk about what happened to him there, but he was just a quiet guy, who worked in and owned a pharmacy with his brother.

I do not believe this story. I’m sure something unpleasant happened in that village, and likely civilians were killed and injured, but I don’t believe the hyped version, nor that the SEALs were primarily responsible for those deaths and injuries. There were Communist forces there you know, and they, both NVA and VC had a well earned reputation for conducting such “events”.

12 posted on 03/04/2012 7:29:13 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato

I do not like Kerry. I would never vote for Kerry. He is a liberal to the core. I will not berate him for what did or did not happen in Vietnam. He put his ass on the line for our country, but I still will not vote for him.

13 posted on 03/04/2012 7:38:31 PM PST by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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