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Saturday, August 07, 2004
PUTTING IT TO REST I:
is the Globe's account of Michael Kranish and the
Kerry-Edwards campaign book. As you'll see, it fits with accounts in
the New York Times and the New York Daily News, and
offers a bit more background. No apologies or retractions from
The Globe article, by Susan
Milligan, also reports that the paper stands by its story regarding
John Kerry's former commanding officer, George Elliott, who claims
Kranish misquoted him yesterday on the matter of Kerry's service in
Vietnam. Let's look again at this key passage in Kranish's
story, shall we?
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. I'm the
one in trouble here."
Elliott said he was no under
personal or political pressure to sign the statement, but he did
feel "time pressure" from those involved in the book. "That's no
excuse," Elliott said. "I knew it was wrong ... In a hurry I
signed it and faxed it back. That was a mistake."
A misquote? I don't think
so. A misquote is when you get a couple of words wrong, or if you
twist the context. Elliott may be using the word "misquote," but what
he's really claiming is that Kranish fabricated the whole thing. I
don't believe Elliott, and neither should you.
PUTTING IT TO REST II:
NOMAR. This one's for you, P.G. Chicago Tribune sports
columnist Rick Morrissey yesterday blasted
(reg. req.) the Boston media for its treatment of Nomar Garciaparra
on his way out the door. Morrissey writes:
The Red Sox know they
messed up. We know the Red Sox know they messed up because, ever
since they dealt him to the Cubs, they have tried to tear him
down. This is what you do to buildings that are dilapidated and
lack character. You don't do it to one of the best players in team
ON GETTING IT AND NOT GETTING
IT. The New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller
on George W. Bush's comments at the Unity Conference yesterday, in
which he said he has come to oppose the practice of admitting
"legacies" - the children of well-connected and/or wealthy alumni -
at colleges and universities:
Mr. Bush said that he
assumed Mr. Martin had brought up the issue because of the
president's Yale legacy, but Mr. Bush also joked that "in my case,
I had to knock on a lot of doors to follow the old man's
footsteps." Mr. Bush apparently meant that he had to work hard
What? Oh, well.
is the Globe's Anne Kornblut on the same matter:
Asked to describe his
feelings about legacy admissions, Bush replied, "I think it ought
to be based upon merit." Asked whether his response meant that he
thought colleges should abandon preferences for alumni children,
he said, "Well, I think so, yes."
And in a knock on his own
mediocre grades, Bush said, joking: "I had to knock on a lot
of doors to follow in the old man's footsteps."
Well, yeah. Was this really that
hard to figure out?
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Dan Kennedy is senior writer and media critic for the Boston Phoenix.