The Washington Times writes,
“John Kerry’s own wartime journal is raising questions about whether he deserved the first of three Purple Hearts, which permitted him to go home after 4½ months of combat. “
That would make it 2-0, Swift Boat Vets.
You would think by now that the Swift Boat Vets For Truth would have earned enough credibility to at the very least have their claims investigated. However, instead of investigating the merits of the claims the media seems to be focused on who is funding who. Does the media honestly think that Democrats would fund the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth? Than why are they surprised when they discover its people with Republican leanings? And as for who is working for who, the answer is clearly that everybody seems to be working for the 527’s of their own political party, for example the Washington Post writes,
…two prominent Democratic lawyers are doing the same thing. He said Robert Bauer, the top legal counsel for the Kerry campaign, also is the attorney for an independent group, America Coming Together, that has been mobilizing voters in support of Kerry. In addition, Ginsberg said, Joseph Sandler is a lawyer for both the Democratic National Committee and for the independent group MoveOn.org, which has run advertisements attacking Bush.
And the media didn’t see a problem earlier when MoveOn was working with primarily Democrat supporters and getting funding from Democrat backers. The cooperation between the two was even posted on the Democrat website. In fact, even if you assume the Swift Boat Vets For Truth is a Republican 527, you still have the overwhelming majority of 527’s supporting the Democrat cause. Where Democrat supporters have spent in the millions through 527’s, the Swift Boat Vets For Truth have spent close to $200,000. But only now do 527’s receive attention. Go figure.
To recap, let me be clear on this, I am not arguing that Kerry lied, I don’t know enough to say one way or the other*. I am merely saying that the claims the Swift Boat Vets are making should at least be investigated. That is all. I find it hard to believe that 264 vets are making this stuff up. The media seems to be completely ignoring them. That is what I dislike. They have a right to be heard, they also paid for that right with their blood.
*honestly, I tend to side with Kerry, in cloudy cases like this its best to give the person with the original claim the benefit of the doubt.