Skip to comments.Republican-funded Group Attacks Kerry's War Record
Posted on 08/07/2004 7:42:37 AM PDT by syriacus
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So they'll just sneak off into the sunset, half-heartedly singing the old refrain, 'This is going to backfire on the Republicans.'
Thanks for pointing the article out.
It's informative to read who Liberals report a story. It's clear why the incredible incompetence of the government at times doesn't bother them because they apparently are less competent than the government on it's worst day.
This story has been in work for 30 years and the best these morons can do is this.
It is clear from the most casual observation that Kerry has embellished his record. It wouldn't be such a big deal but the ONLY reason he gives for why his is prepared to be President is the 93 days he spent in the military.
But the Press (including Fox) are too incompetent to get the facts.
Why again, would we pay for their services?
Am I supposed to believe it?
Recall that one tactic adopted for handling Klinton's bimbo eruptions was to have the reported bimbo sign an affidavit to the effect that nothing happened. This gets the person clearly on the record and makes it very difficult for the person to change their story. One would expect them to sign a new affidavit contradicting their first, and naturally their credibility would be zero without a good explanation for why the first affidavit was false.
Now we have a Globe reporter interviewing someone who the reporter claims is now contradicting his affidavit. Does the reporter ask that the contradiction be sworn to and signed in the presence of a notary? No? Why not?
Now we hear that the veteran in question has signed yet another affidavit claiming that the Globe report is false.
The actions of the veteran are exactly in line with what one would expect from a person who has a story to tell and who has no fear of going on the record.
It remains for the Globe reporter to sign an affidavit concerning the interview, explaining the nature of the notes taken, if any, explaining why no recording was made, and further explaining why no attempt was made to have the veteran sign a contradictory affidavit in light of the seriousness of the charges being made.
If I was on a jury deciding whether the Globe acted with malice, I would want to know why they have treated such material in a fashion that could result in a signed contradiction of their report without proof of their own. I think that the presumption would have to go to the veteran.
Not only did Elliott not recant, no where in this article does it mention that Kravitz is the author of a Kerry bio and the author of the "official" Kerry campaign book. Bigtime bias. And, where is George Soros and his millions?
syriacus, I submitted the following e-mail to Annenberg:
You need a fact check on your "fact check".
You wrote, "There is reason to doubt the ad . For one thing, one of the men who appears in it, George Elliott, told the Boston Globe he had made a "terrible mistake" by accusing Kerry of not deserving one of his awards."
Not true. In fact, shortly after the Globe article, Elliot submitted an affidavit stating the author of the Globe article misquoted him and that Elliot stands by everything in the ad.
You wrote, "None of those in the attack ad by the Swift Boat group actually served on Kerry's boat. And their statements are contrary to the accounts of Kerry and those who served under him. "
That was very misleading. Steve Gardner, one of the swift boat members who was not in the ad, served on Kerry's boat as a machine gunner. Gardner strongly disputes the circumstances surrounding at least one of Kerry's medals.
You wrote, "...medical records provided by the Kerry campaign to FactCheck.org do not list Letson as the person administering treatment for Kerrys injury on December 3, 1968 . The medical officer who signed this sick call report is J.C. Carreon, who is listed as treating Kerry for shrapnel to the left arm."
Wrong again. J.C. Carreon was not a medical officer. Dr. Letson treated Kerry. Carreon, an enlisted hospital corpsman who worked with Dr. Letson at the time, most likely completed the paperwork. It was common practice for enlisted men and women in the medical field to fill out the required record entries. I did when I served in the U. S. Navy medical and dental fields.
You wrote, "A group funded by the biggest Republican campaign donor in Texas began running an attack ad Aug. 5 ...".
If you are going to try to smear the swift boat veterans by pretending this is a partisan matter, then shouldn't you provide partisan references for the staff responsible for this so-called "fact check? For example, list those on your staff who have worked for, or for the election of, democratic politicians, and list your campaign donations. Shouldn't you also mention that the Boston Globe is an extremely partisan newspaper, and the reporter that wrote the bogus Elliot article, Michael Kranish, has strong ties to Kerry, and that Kranish currently has four books published or being published on Kerry and the Kerry campaign, including a Kerry biography?
You make a big deal out of McCain, as if he is in some way relevant. Read this carefully: MCCAIN WAS NOT THERE!
To see how partisan you sound, read these three paragraphs from the swift boat vets website:
"John Kerry has been able to convince about 13 men who served on Swift boats in the Mekong Delta to support him, 7 or 8 of whom were at various times crew members on his own 6-man boat. Those are the men the Kerry campaign so prominently featured at the Democratic Convention. The photograph we have posted at SwiftVets.com shows Kerry with 19 of his fellow Swift boat OICs (Officers In Charge) in Coastal Division 11. Four OICs were not present for the photograph. Only one of his 23 fellow OICs from Coastal Division 11 supports John Kerry.
Overall, more than 250 Swift boat veterans are on the record questioning Kerry's fitness to serve as Commander-in-Chief. That list includes his entire chain of command -- every single officer Kerry served under in Vietnam. The Kerry game plan is to ignore all this and pretend that the 13 veterans his campaign jets around the country and puts up in 5-star hotels really represent the truth about his short, controversial combat tour.
The Swift boats fought in groups, so the other OICs who fought alongside Kerry know him well and can accurately describe what he did and did not do. In many cases Kerry's fellow OICs had a better perspective than his own crew members, since the latter had no way to determine whether he was following orders and how well he worked with his peers. "
Frankly, this so-called "fact check" is little more than an attack ad for John Kerry. It contains all the DNC talking points, currently being printed in similar attack ads, disguised as journalism, by left-wing "newspapers" all over the nation. You are smearing over 250 brave Vietnam veterans in an attempt to provide aid and comfort to one of the lowest scoundrels ever to seek high public office.
Shame on you.
did kerry serve in vietnam?
"At this point, 35 years later and half a world away, we see no way to resolve which of these versions of reality is closer to the truth." ~ AnnenbergPoliticalFactCheck
Really? Let's go over this again:
Rush: "....in Kranish's own book on page 102 he quotes Kerry as acknowledging that he killed a single, wounded, fleeing Vietcong soldier whom he was afraid would turn around -- meaning he shot him in the back!"
32 posted on 08/07/2004 9:42:18 AM EDT by Matchett-PI
"For my belief that he was wounded and fleeing (and was shot in the back, I rely upon many sources, including Michael Kranish's (the Boston Globe reporter) own quotation of John Kerry.... "
This is the delicious part--
The Kerry/Kranish account of the incident contributed to Elliot's understanding that the man was shot in the back.
12 posted on 08/07/2004 8:20:30 AM EDT by syriacus
I think the "terrible mistake" was his decision to sign the affadavit even though it contained a line he could not personally vouch for (that Kerry shot a man in the back).
No ..... look at these two sentences from Elliot's two affidavits:
1. "For example, in connection with his Silver Star, I was never informed that he had simply shot a wounded, fleeing Viet Cong in the back."
2. "had I known the facts, I would not have recommended Kerry for the Silver Star for simply pursuing and dispatching a single, wounded, fleeing Viet Cong"
In the first he says that he hadn't been informed of the paltriness of Kerry's actions in the matter being referred to him for recommendation for the Silver Star. In the second he said that if he had known what had actually happened, he wouldn't have done it.
It's pretty clear that the mistake was signing the recommendation for Kerry's Silver Star based on limited information, not signing the first affidavit about Kerry based on limited information about that particular incident.
What Kranish did was dishonesty of the first magnitude. Not surprising, though, coming from the Boston Globe.
19 posted on 08/07/2004 8:40:53 AM EDT by aruanan
Michael Kranish "dowdified" George Elliott quote for his story. JustoneMinute ^ | 08/07/04 | TOM MAGUIRE
Posted on 08/07/2004 5:55:20 AM EDT by Pikamax
Kranish Is Cooked
Michael Kranish rocked us on Friday with a story, headlined "Veteran retracts criticism of Kerry", which told us that:
"a key figure in the anti-Kerry campaign, Kerry's former commanding officer, backed off one of the key contentions. Lieutenant Commander George Elliott said in an interview that he had made a ''terrible mistake" in signing an affidavit that suggests Kerry did not deserve the Silver Star -- one of the main allegations in the book.
Elliott is quoted as saying that Kerry ''lied about what occurred in Vietnam . . . for example, in connection with his Silver Star, I was never informed that he had simply shot a wounded, fleeing Viet Cong in the back."
Get Maureen Dowd on the line - that may have been the most misleading ellipsis ever published, but since the affidavit was not public, who knew?
Subsequently, Capt. Elliot retracted his retraction, prompting some head-scratching.
Now, both the original affidavit and the re-affirmation (the retraction of the retraction) are available here. I will read it again, and you should, too, but my first reaction is that Kranish wrote a wildly deceptive and misleading story.
Let's restore the missing ellipsis, emboldening the excerpted bit:
3. When Kerry came back to the United States he lied about what ocurred in Vietnam, comparing his commanders to Lt. Calley of My Lai, comparing the American armed forces to the army of Ghengis Khan, and making similar misstatements. Kerry was also not forthright in Vietnam. For example, in connection with his Silver Star, I was never informed that he had simply shot a wounded, fleeing Viet Cong in the back.
Hello, Mr. Reporter! When Capt. Elliot "backed of one of the key contentions", was it the My Lai complaint, or the Ghengis Khan comparison? Or was it one example preceded by "for example"?
Unbelievable. In his re-affirming affidavit, Capt. Elliot cites the same material I did to reach this conclusion - he was not informed of the facts, and "had I known the facts, I would not have recommended Kerry for the Silver Star for simply pursuing and dispatching a single, wounded, fleeing VietCong".
This, from the Globe, now looks wildly ironic:
In the ad, Elliott says, ''John Kerry has not been honest about what happened in Vietnam."
Asked to supply evidence to support that statement, the anti-Kerry group provided a copy of Elliott's affidavit. Elliott said the same affidavit had been used in the production of the book.
It is unclear whether the work contains further justification for the assertion, beyond Elliott's statement.
Oh, it is going to be pretty clear, I bet. They still need to back it up, but there will be more.
Earlier, I had guessed that the Swiftees would disappear under the headline of "Cranks can't get story straight". But if Kranish has been this irresponsible, the Swiftees will sail on as the heroes of a "Liberal media attempts to squash Veteran truth-tellers" drama.
Don't even ask me about Joe Wilson.
"What Elliot is saying is that he does not know if it is true that John Kerry shot a wounded Viet Cong in the back..."
Excerpt from the excerpt below:
"....in Kranish's own book on page 102 he quotes Kerry as acknowledging that he killed a single, wounded, fleeing Vietcong soldier whom he was afraid would turn around -- meaning he shot him in the back!"
32 posted on 08/07/2004 9:42:18 AM EDT by Matchett-PI
"Boston Globe 'Reporter' Paid By Kerry Demonstrates Huge See, I Told You So on Campaign Finance Reform Folly August 6, 2004" http://www.rushlimbaugh.com
"The following statement from Swift Boat Veterans for Truth concerns an article appearing in [today's] Boston Globe... [Viet Vet] Captain George Elliott describes an article appearing in todays edition of the Boston Globe by Mike Kranish as 'extremely inaccurate' and 'highly misstating' his actual views.
He reaffirms his statement in the current advertisement paid for by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Captain Elliott reaffirms his affidavit in support of that advertisement, and he reaffirms his request that the ad be played."
Essentially Captain Elliott is renouncing what is said of him in this Boston Globe Mike Kranish story.
The statement then goes on to say, "Additional documentation will follow. The article by Mr. Kranish is particularly surprising given page 102 of Mr. Kranishs own book quoting John Kerry as acknowledging that he killed a single, wounded, fleeing Viet Cong soldier whom he was afraid would turn around."
Let's just stop there. Kranish, the author of the Boston Globe story, wrote a book on John Kerry, is his biographer, and on page 102 of that book that Kranish wrote, he quotes Kerry acknowledging that he 'killed a single, wounded, fleeing Vietcong soldier whom he was afraid would turn around.'
Yet, Kranish writes today in the Boston Globe: "Yesterday a key figure in the anti-Kerry campaign, Kerry's former commanding officer, backed off one of the key contentions. Lieutenant Commander George Elliott said in an interview that he had made a 'terrible mistake' in signing an affidavit that suggests Kerry did not deserve the Silver Star..."
"Elliott is quoted as saying that Kerry 'lied about what occurred in Vietnam . . . for example, in connection with his Silver Star, I was never informed that he had simply shot a wounded, fleeing Viet Cong in the back.' The statement refers to an episode in which Kerry killed a Viet Cong soldier who had been carrying a rocket launcher, part of a chain of events that formed the basis of his Silver Star.
Over time, some Kerry critics have questioned whether the soldier posed a danger to Kerry's crew....
Yesterday, reached at his home, Elliott said he regretted signing the affidavit and said he still thinks Kerry deserved the Silver Star. I still don't think he shot the guy in the back,' Elliott said. 'It was a terrible mistake probably for me to sign the affidavit with those words.'"
Yet in Kranish's own book on page 102 he quotes Kerry as acknowledging that he killed a single, wounded, fleeing Vietcong soldier whom he was afraid would turn around -- meaning he shot him in the back!
Who is Mike Kranish? Mike Kranish is a reporter covering the Kerry campaign for the Boston Globe. Mike Kranish is also a biographer of John Kerry, and as I just learned during our break at the top of the hour, Mike Kranish has also written the yet-to-be-released official campaign book for Kerry-Edwards. It is entitled "Kerry-Edwards."
You can get it now on Amazon. It's not available. The item has not yet been released but you can order it and they'll ship it to you when it arrives. List price, $12.95, your Amazon price, $10.36.
What does it [AMAZON] say about the author?:
"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 coauthor of, 'John Kerry the Complete Biography' published this year by Public Affairs." ..... [snip]
32 posted on 08/07/2004 9:42:18 AM EDT by Matchett-PI http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1186852/posts?page=32#32
Taken literally, why not? The story is somewhat incoherent, however. It does not repeat the quotations of Elliott, or provide sensible context. It may be that Elliott said he "made a terrible mistake" in signing the July 21 affidavit, by not explaining how he -now- and -still- holds the belief that Kerry shot a Viet Cong in the back. No matter, either way, says Elliott, that conduct did not merit issuing a Silver Star. The Globe does not dispute that conclusion either, you'll notice.
Likewise, the Globe merely reports the difference between Elliott's support for Kerry in 1996, including a statment that "Kerry deserved the Silver Star," and Elliott's position today, that Kerry was not forthcoming, and that if Kranish's version of events that resulted in awarding the Silver Star are correct, that he (Elliott) would not have recommended the award. That is, Elliott has changed his point of view, and has fully justified his change in position. The Globe does not dipute that, either!
What the Globe does not address is the innuendo that Elliott had backed away from his current position. For that, the Globe is shown to be untrustworthy.
What a crock of sh$$. It shows how desperate the CRATS are by trying to distort the truth. Kerry is a slug.
It's wonderful that you took the time to do this!!
Nice analysis! Thanks for posting it.
Really? Let's go over this again:
Who would hire fact-checkers who wimp-out like this?
Yes! That makes sense!
Hey, there was no need to be a smart butt, smart butt. It wasn't a catty comment. I was just saying that folks should do their research before posting something, something which I had done before I posted that comment. I knew about the affidavits, both of them. So next time don't be so quick on the quips.
Gotta love those news networks huh, start yacking about something though they know they are not telling the truth and waiting until after the weekend to admit their mistakes. They know that not as many people will be watching so they're hoping folks won't notice.
"Winning" the momentary argument, by any means, seems to be the only victory they can hope for.
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