I wanted to briefly add one thought on John Kerry’s grilling of Sam Fox which both Pamela and I wrote about yesterday. Predictably, as Pamela wrote, the wingnuts found Kerry’s grilling to be “offensive”, but what was odd is the reaction by some on the left as well, and why I say in the title of the post they “still don’t get it.”
When I went to Crooks and Liars to view the clip, I found the comments accompanying the clip, by someone named “SilentPatriot”, to be disingenuous: “While it’s nice to see Senator Kerry finally get some satisfaction, this is what he should have been doing back in 2004. The SBVT lies were transparent and easily debunked — by official Navy records no less. Although he didn’t get much help from the media who refused to call out the blatant lies, inconsistencies and discrepancies, he could have defused this easily. Instead he ignored and, in turn, validated them.”
Not quite. While the response was a bit slow-footed in the summer, Kerry had forcefully and easily debunked the story by September of ’04. The problem wasn’t his “ignoring and validating” theSBVT attacks, it was the mainstream media and the blogosphere too, I might add, who refused to give proper coverage to the Kerry campaign’s response. Couple that with the tidal wave of money and ads supporting the SBTV (which Kerry could do nothing about, hence the entire discussion of 527’s in the hearings) and the issue was kept alive long after Kerry had discredited it.
Thanks for the clip, but spare us the amateurish Monday morning quarterbacking next time.