Friday, August 20, 2004

John Kerry Uses the Media To Do His Dirty Work

John Kerry has made his four months in Vietnam the centerpiece of his campaign, from his television ads to his stump speeches to his Shirley Temple-esque salute at the DNC that preceded a 50 minute walk down the Vietnam memory lane. His voting record in the Senate is so liberal that if Kerry were to talk about it for more than five minutes the race would be over. The Swift Boat Veterans For Truth have scored a political hit with their campaign ad, despite the major media blackout of the story. The Kerry Campaign has had to retract a story that Kerry had told for 30 years, including on the floor of the Senate. No major media outlets reported on that story, and Kerry was confident that with the media's help the Swift Boat Vets would simply go away. Soon however, the Kerry Campaign realized that the Swift Boat Vets were gaining traction and that a response was necessary. Realizing that the Swift Boat Ads were causing people to question his Vietnam service, the Kerry campaign quickly put together a TV ad featuring a vet and flew two of the Swift Boat Vets that support him to the speech. Kerry then went on the attack. He responded to the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth yesterday by attacking their character, insinuating they are liars and implying that the president is a coward that uses others to do his "dirty work". He said of the President in his stump speech to a firefighters union:

"Well, if he wants to have a debate about our service in Vietnam, here is my answer: Bring it on"

and

They're a front for the Bush campaign," "And the fact that the president won't denounce what they're up to tells you everything you need to know. He wants them to do his dirty work."


The one thing Kerry did not do was respond to any of the charges made against him by the Vets.

If the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth is a front group for the Bush Campaign then it only follows that MoveOn.org, the group responsible for running internet ads showing Bush morphing into Hitler, Michael Moore, who's latest propaganda film Fahrenheit 9/11 was a series of lies and distortions, many of which were exposed by the 9/11 Commission report, and who sat in the presidential suite at the DNC, George Soros, who has also compared to the Bush Administration to the Hitler regime and who has given untold millions to MoveOn.org and countless others in Hollywood who have released or are set to release big budget Bush Bashing films or documentaries before the election are all fronts for the Kerry Campaign.

John Kerry did not denounce Michael Moore's film. He told Larry King that he did not have to see the film because he had "lived it the past four years". He then proceeded to use an attack line form the film in a speech to the Unity Conference.

A White House spokesmen told the press that the president "has been on the receiving end of more than $62 million in negative, false attacks by independent groups and "the president has condemned all of the ads," both those that criticize him and those that go after Kerry".

The New York Times was set to run a 3,500 word hit piece against the Swift Boat Vets today. In it they will attempt to somehow link the Swiftees to the Bush Administration and they will attack the character of individual Swiftees. The New York Times never ran a single article detailing the outrageous lie that Kerry had been caught making regarding spending "Christmas in Cambodia", but now they are willing to slander veterans who dared speak their mind. For some reason the Democrats believe that the only veterans who should be allowed to speak are those who support John Kerry. Any who dare question Kerry are treated as second class citizens and liars by the press and by John Kerry. They are likely used to it, as John Kerry has made a career out of slandering Vietnam vets when it suits his needs, starting with his 1971 testimony to the Senate during which he called them all "murderers, rapists, baby killers and monsters, fighting in the biggest nothing in history". A person with integrity would not slander the war and the Vets 35 years ago after returning from a four-month tour of duty and then later try to capitalize on the same war later in life for political gain. John Kerry could put all of this to rest by making all of his records public and by answering the questions posed by the Swiftees. He won't do that, he will instead make ad-hominem attacks an rely on the press to "do his dirty work".

Read more on the story here.

Instapundit, Hugh Hewitt and Powerline are also on top of this story.