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Thursday, August 19, 2004
KERRY UPDATE. Two good
pieces of news today for John Kerry:
1. One of his leading tormenters on
the swift-boat matter turns out to have been telling a tale that's
completely contradicted by his own Bronze Star citation. The
Washington Post FOIA'd the military records of Larry Thurlow
lo and behold, that the documents say his and Kerry's boats really
were under fire on the day that they both won Bronze Stars. Thurlow
has loudly claimed that Kerry made that up.
Thurlow splutters to the
Post's Michael Dobbs: "It's like a Hollywood presentation
here, which wasn't the case. My personal feeling was always that I
got the award for coming to the rescue of the boat that was mined.
This casts doubt on anybody's awards. It is sickening and
disgusting." Thurlow even goes so far as to speculate that he
received what he calls a "fraudulent" Bronze Star on the basis of
Kerry's so-called lies.
Sorry, Mr. Thurlow. I'd say that
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth's 15 minutes is just about at the 14:55
mark right now.
2. The Boston Herald's
"Inside Track" reveals
a "steamy secret 20-month fling" that Kerry had that left his former
paramour "heartbroken" - but she says she's going to vote for him,
and she calls Teresa Heinz Kerry "awesome." She's even decided to
hold off on publishing a roman à clef about their romance
until after the election.
It really doesn't get much better
than that, does it? The Kerry campaign ought to send out copies of
the "Track" to every undecided voter in the country.
posted at 8:55 AM |
The Herald story, while not bad for Kerry on substance, really bugs me. Doesn't the front page imply a rather different story? Trumpeting gossip as your main front page story is dubious enough, though a tabloid mainstay, but implying this about Kerry is a bit irresponsible for a, ahem, 'balanced' newspaper.
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