What Brit Hume calls the old media has declared the charges of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth to be politically motivated smears against their candidate John Kerry. Thus, the old media hopes to kill this story and render anyone who brings it up as a right wing nut of the black helicopter variety.
Regardless of whoever financed the initial, small ad campaign, the members of this veteran group have, among them, more than 20 years of residence in the Hanoi Hilton. That means nothing to the New York Times and its herd of independently thinking followers.
Why won’t the Times and the others call for Kerry to release all of his war records and all of his war time journals, as they did for Bush’s military records? Why not choose a couple of public figures with a reputation for integrity and fairness, one from each party, to review the material and redact irrelevant information. Maybe this wouldn’t completely resolve the issue of who’s telling the truth (the “fog of war” and all that), but it would give the public a better chance to judge the candidate’s credibility.
Of course, Kerry will not release his records and journal as long as the old media continues to do his bidding by declaring “the swifties” smear artists.