Patterico's Pontifications


Spanish Terrorists Are, Well, “Terrorists”

Filed under: Terrorism — Patterico @ 11:52 pm

Not “separatists.”

Another Kerry Contradiction

Filed under: 2004 Election — Patterico @ 11:51 pm

Steve Sturm has the details.

Decent WaPo Editorial

Filed under: 2004 Election — Patterico @ 11:47 pm

A Washington Post editorial titled Swift Boat Sniping contains a lot of wisdom.

My main point of disagreement with the editorial is with its conclusion that

ads by the group calling itself Swift Boat Veterans for Truth [] crossed the line in smearing the service that earned Mr. Kerry three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star.

I think that the editors have jumped to a conclusion that the ad is a “smear[]” based their obvious distaste for the topic in general. It seems to me that the alleged “discrediting” of the Vets by the mainstream media has been overstated, and that many genuine issues remain.

Still, if you read the whole editorial, there’s much in there which is undeniable — on both sides of the issue.

More Distortion on the Three Strikes Initiative

Filed under: No on 66 — Patterico @ 10:47 pm

Today the Los Angeles Times prints an op-ed on Proposition 66, the initiative to gut the Three Strikes law. The piece is titled Putting a Face on Three-Strikes Injustice. The author is a man named Michael Sokolove, who lives in Bethesda, Maryland — and who consequently has nothing to lose if thousands of habitual criminals are released in cities like Los Angeles, some 2600 miles away.

The op-ed is full of half-truths, distortions, and unreliable information — tactics that are far too often employed by supporters of the initiative.

Accepted Wisdom™ on Swift Boat Vets

Filed under: Accepted Wisdom — Patterico @ 5:34 pm

(Accepted Wisdom™ is a semi-regular feature of this site, highlighting contradictory viewpoints held by the elite.)

It is Accepted Wisdom™ that:

You can’t believe the Swift Boat Vets. Most of them took over 30 years to come forward and say negative things about John Kerry.

And at the same time:

You can’t believe Swift Boat Vet John O’Neill. He’s had it in for John Kerry for over 30 years.

Los Angeles Times‘s Selective Viewing of the Sunday Shows

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 7:11 am

On the same segment of Fox News Sunday, a Kerry supporter and a Swift Boat Vet both admitted that they lacked documentary proof to support their claims. But the Los Angeles Times told you only about the admission by the Swift Boat Vet.

This morning the paper runs an article with the title Kerry Ad Lays Blame on Bush. The article strains to show the Vets on the defensive:

Meanwhile, members of the Swift boat group continued to be pressed about their accounts of Kerry’s actions. During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” veteran Van Odell admitted that he did not have any proof that Kerry fabricated an “after-action” report saying he faced enemy fire March 13, 1969. Kerry, a Navy lieutenant, was awarded the Bronze Star and his third Purple Heart for that mission.

“I do not have a single document,” Odell said. “I have the fact that I wasn’t wounded in that 5,000 meters of fire that he wrote about.”

Fascinating that the paper does not report that in the very same segment, a Kerry supporter named John Hurley admitted that he did not have any proof that Kerry had been in Cambodia on Christmas Eve 1968 — or on any other date, for that matter:

Chris Wallace (CW): Let me pursue that. What proof do you have that John Kerry was ever five miles inside Cambodia?

John Hurley (JH): John Kerry’s word.

CW: Do you have a single record?

JH: No. I do not.

Hurley then went on to claim that there are other boatmen who will supposedly say that Kerry was in Cambodia on some other date. For some strange reason, though, these people have not yet come forward to support Kerry on this — the one issue where his campaign has been forced to acknowledge that he has not been truthful.

(Thanks to the Les Jones blog.)

I wonder why Swift Boat Vet Van Odell’s lack of proof for his claims was mentioned in the L.A. Times story, but Kerry supporter John Hurley’s lack of proof for his claims did not.

It wouldn’t have anything to do with the L.A. Times‘s obvious campaign to discredit the Swift Boat Vets, would it?


I See the Potential for Confusion — I Really Do

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 6:16 am

In light of John McCain’s insistence that President Bush condemn the “dishonorable and dishonest” Swift Boat Vets’ ad, I was amused by this Los Angeles Times correction from Saturday:

Republican convention — An article in Friday’s Section A about the naming of Democratic Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia as the keynote speaker for the Republican National Convention identified Sen. John McCain of Arizona as a Democrat. McCain is a Republican.

Sometimes it seems like the jury’s still out on that one.

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