I just took a few minutes and read what passes for ‘investigative journalism’ in the NY Times, and needless to say, I am not surprised. A few minor comments:
2.) Do you think this flowchart might have been a touch more informative if it had included all of theO’Neill contacts with prominent Democrats in Texas? Maybe a coherent argument could be made of the web of influence regarding the monied elite of both parties, but such balance is not useful in hit pieces. Maybe a mention of the political affiliations of all 250+ Swift Boat vets.
3.) Is there any aspect of the Swift Vets story they did not distort? My favorite is this:
Mr. Elliott, who recommended Mr. Kerry for the Silver Star, had signed one affidavit saying Mr. Kerry “was not forthright” in the statements that had led to the award. Two weeks ago, The Boston Globe quoted him as saying that he felt he should not have signed the affidavit. He then signed a second affidavit that reaffirmed his first, which the Swift Boat Veterans gave to reporters. Mr. Elliott has refused to speak publicly since then.
Except, of course, O’Neill never retracted his statement in the Boston Globe, as we all know. This was nothing more than a fabrication based on the creative use of ellipses, as stated cogently by Tom Maguire. The rest of the story mainstains the same low standard for integrity and accuracy, including another attempted whitewash of the whole Letson/Carreon bit.
In short, the entire piece is nothing more than agitprop worthy of simpletons like Michael Moore..
But, while we are at it, let’s look at something interesting, since the NY Times and Democrats want to talk about financing. Here is the list of the top 50 527’s and their money received to date and spent to date:
1.) Joint Victory Campaign 2004, $41,685,706, $35,780,404
2.) Media Fund, $28,127,488 27,208,905
3.) America Coming Together, $26,905,450, $24,196,532
4.) Service Employees International Union, $16,652,296, $8,808,017
5.) American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees, $13,658,207, $13,274,331
6.) MoveOn.org, $9,086,102, $17,435,782
7.) New Democrat Network, $7,172,693, $6,970,070
8.) Club for Growth, $4,818,063, $6,610,032
9.) EMILY’s List, $4,162,226, $4,070,369
10.) AFL-CIO, $3,750,840, $3,691,832
Of the top ten, nine are decidedly pro-Democrat and anti-Bush, while the tenth, the Club for Growth, is really pro-Conservative (and not necessarily pro-Bush), and has actually run ads against Republicans who they do not believe advocate appropriate tax and spending policies.
A quick tally shows that the Democratic party and John Kerry have at their disposal a sum near $195, 186, 845.00
And no, I did not put any commas in the wrong place. That is one hundred ninety five million, one hundred eighty-six thousand, eight hundred forty-five dollars and zero cents.
As of August 15th, the Swift Vets have total receipts of $158,750. Quit giggling.
From this, we can learn two things:
1.) No wonder John Kerry thinks the Swift Boats for Vets are a ‘Republican front.’ Damn near every other 527 is a Democratic front, so if there does exist one 527 opposing Kerry, logically it must be a Republican one.
2.) No wonder Kerry is calling only for the Swift Boat Vets to be silenced, and wants Bush to do the same. Of course the hypocrite is unwilling to condemn all of the 527’s as Bush has- he stands to lose two hundred million in attack ads against Bush.
And remember, this is common knowledge in the media. Remember, it is the very same NY Times who just several weeks ago was gleefully reporting that these 527’s would be actively working to fill the void for Kerry during the month of August.
In fact, it is the same damned author for both stories- Jim Rutenberg. Surprised? I am not.
Yesterday I noted that the mainstream media seems intent on answering the charges of left-wing media bias. Their answer appears to be a resounding “Guilty as charged.”