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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Written by: Beck

Lee Clearnal, writing in the Houston Chronicle, expresses the thoughts many conservative bloggers have been sharing for quite some time now as he asks, "Where's my colleagues' interest in Kerry's war records?"
The same news media that demanded George W. Bush release his National Guard records--and went over them with a microscope--have shown an appalling lack of interest in John Kerry's military service. And as it turns out, there are far more legitimate questions about the latter than the former.

Kerry has made his four months and 11 days in Vietnam the central theme of his presidential campaign. This is entirely understandable given his 20 years as the Senate's leading dove. He needs the cover that Vietnam can give him.
It seems self-evident, now, that there are major discrepancies between the many things Kerry has said regarding his time in Vietnam--from anti-war activism in the early 70's through interviews as late as 2003--and the truth.

The Swiftboat vets' ads have drawn attention and heavy criticism from the media and other sources. At the same time, the issues they've raised have received little to no attention. Indeed, the blog world remains one of the few places where Kerry's Christmas in Cambodia story has received any attention at all. I have to imagine that were today's campaign occurring 12 years ago, all other things being equal, Kerry would today enjoy a significant lead over Bush exclusively because of the absence of the internet.

Meanwhile, the major media blackout on this story largely continues unabated, and people like myself continue to endure huge doses of frustration over what we perceive as outright discrimination from the press. At least the Chronicle seems to be on board, even if only from their opinion page.

(Hat tip: Captain's Quarters)

Update: For a take on the issue from the other side of the aisle, In Search of Utopia has a different interpretation of conservatives' obsession with the Kerry war record.
What [military records which Kerry] has released so far has made Bush look Bush League in comparisson, so why not? In that sense I agree with my Conservative Bretheren. On the other hand, I find all the frustrated wailing to be as silly as a bunch of bozos who were not on Kerry's boat arguing with the man he saved, over whether he saved him or not, and whether they were under attack when it happened.

My Take... Bush is going to lose. His supporters can smell it in the air. His approval ratings are tanking. His, "turned the corner," speech has been shelved, and the only people that seem to be excited about Bush are his base.
Anderson is definitely on to something, but I still believe the story is being deliberately shunned by a partisan press establishment. Furthermore, since Kerry has made his war record a key aspect of his campaign, the war record deserves more scrutiny than it has received.

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