Monday, November 01, 2004

The Story Breaks

Figures- right before I went to bed, I checked the Swifties site and found the following message:

A TO THE POINT HEADS-UP I had a conversation with Bill Middendorf earlier today. Bill was the Secretary of the Navy from April 1974 to January 1978. I got to know Bill well when he was Ronald Reagan\'s Ambassador to the OAS and we worked together on support for the Contras. Bill has agreed to publicly state that to the best of his knowledge and recollection, John Kerry was dishonorably discharged from the military and fought to have this reversed while he (Bill) was SECNAV, which Bill of course refused to do. When Carter became president, Kerrysecured the honorable discharge from Bill's successor. The OTH (Other Than Honorable) discharge story has been out for a while, but for a former Secretaryof the Navy to confirm it is major news. WorldNetDaily will be headlining it, as should the Washington Times tomorrow, and possibly Drudge. For some reason, Drudge, whom Jerry Corsi (coauthor of Unfit for Command) just talked to a few minutes! ago, is resisting. I also gave the story to Neal Cavuto at Fox. I thought all TTPers should get a heads-up on this.

Jack Wheeler

which was followed by a post from the now-legendary Navy Chief:

Something is about to break on this... - Chief

And so I waited for about 15 minutes. I was one of the first people to ever see this new article. The fact that it's coming from a former Secretary of the Navy is huge. I'm still not confident that the MSM will pick it up right away (for fear of a "you just pulled an October Surprise!" backlash). Another thing that hurts the story is that, while the former SECNAV makes it clear that he KNOWS about Kerry's bogus discharge (he would have had to know by virtue of the position he held at the time he held it), he's forbidden to speak his mind on the subject:

Middendorf said he cannot comment specifically on any action taken on Kerry, because he is barred, under the 1974 privacy act, from discussing personnel matters.

This was Middendorf's way of saying, "I'd love to tell you EVERYTHING I know, but if I did I'd go to jail." However, he gives us a good "read between the lines" nod:

However, he enthusiastically vouches for the character of Mark Sullivan, who formed the basis for a story today in the New York Sun by Thomas Lipscomb, the first to report discrepancies in Kerry's discharge record.

In other words, "Trust me- it's true."

Believe me, you may not hear much about this (or maybe you will) in the next 36 hours, but this is going to be big in the next few days. It's too juicy to pass up, even for the liberal media.

This will be a huge story in the days to come, but it's too close to election time for any major media outlet to touch it right now. You will have to keep him out of the White House...

Make sure you read the entire article.

The Next Liberal Media Scandal

As many of you might have seen, Tom Brokaw recently interviewed John Kerry. During their talk, John Kerry inadvertantly slipped that his records "weren't public," despite insisting for months that they were. Tom Brokaw forgot to follow that up with, "But I thought you said all your records were available for viewing on your web site," because Mr. Brokaw temporarily forgot everything that he learned in journalism school.

Here's the unbelievable part- MSNBC altered the transcript, and edited the video to delete any evidence of Kerry's unfortunate slip!! Unfortunately for MSNBC, there are mighty pajama-wearing bloggers out there. Little Green Footballs has already pounced on this:

Here’s the original MSNBC transcript of John Kerry’s interview with Tom Brokaw, dated October 28: MSNBC - Sen. Kerry: Nation ‘is polarized’.

Brokaw: Someone has analyzed the President’s military aptitude tests and yours, and concluded that he has a higher IQ than you do.

Kerry: That’s great. More power. I don’t know how they’ve done it, because my record is not public. So I don’t know where you’re getting that from.

And here’s the more recent version of the same transcript, dated October 31: MSNBC - Kerry: ‘America can do better’.

(Notice what has been removed, from a critical passage that has been much noted in the blogosphere):

Brokaw: “Someone has analyzed the president’s military aptitude tests and yours, and concluded that he has a higher IQ than you do.”

Kerry: “That’s great. More power. I don’t know how they’ve done it.”

You'd think MSM media people would be brought up on charges for this kind of stuff...

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