August 21 2004
DEVASTATING AD: The second
swift boat ad is devastating to the Kerry campaign and
Kerry's opponents are very smart to move the attack from
what Kerry did or didn't do in Vietnam, but to his involvement
in the radical antiwar movement when he returned home.
I said in my post
yesterday, it is Kerry's antiwar actions upon returning
from Vietnam where the Democrats are supremely vulnerable,
and this ad scores a direct hit.
TOM OLIPHANT IN DENIAL: The Left is enraged that
it no longer has total control over what is, or is not,
covered in the mainstream media. On the Newshour
with Jim Lehrer the Boston Globe's Tom Oliphant
tried to snottily delegitimize the entire Kerry/Swift Boat
story with this observation:
credibility problem, which is what keeps this thing in
the tabloids primarily and on cable television where there
are different standards.
hilarious about this statement, is Oliphant is on PBS with
Jim Lehrer (about as 180 degrees from tabloid as you can
get) when he tries to dismiss this as a story fit only for
right-wing hack radio and super market tabloids.
on in the interview while trying to fend off the charges
to Command's John O'Neill, he tries again to suggest
that the story is relegated only to the tabloids.
the standard of clear and convincing evidence-- and it's
easy when you leave out the exculpatory stuff-- is what
keeps this story in the tabloids because it does not meet
quickly steps in and brings Oliphant back to reality:
of course it's no longer in the tabloids because Sen.
Kerry brought it up himself. That's why we're talking
about it tonight.
of course you would have to be on Mars to be a political
report and think that this story is relegated to the tabloids.
Oliphant and his friends in the Kerry campaign may wish
this story were relegated only to the supermarket tabloids.
However, unfortunately for the Democrats the media playing
field is much more difficult to control with the Internet,
FOX News and a booming talk radio industry. Twenty years
ago this story probably could have been completely buried
by the mainstream press and left to the tabloids.
irony here is even though there was a powerful case that
this was a story that deserved, at least, as much coverage
as the Bush National Guard ruckus, had the Kerry campaign
just toughed it out one more week, he might have been able
to skate by without the big-line media picking it up in
any real way.
attack on Thursday however, makes that a moot point, and
the Kerry campaign will have to foster a backlash against
President Bush and Republicans if they hope to have any
chance of neutralizing this issue.
HIGH JOURNALISTIC STANDARDS: Glenn
Reynolds reminds us:
high journalistic standards probably should have led him
to disclose that his daughter works for the Kerry/Edwards
campaign. Hmm. Maybe -- though in the world of journalism,
they think such connections are assumed, and thus aren't
regarded as requiring disclosure.
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