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Saturday, March 06, 2004

Kerry's 'Nam 'POW document-shredding exploits' underwhelm

A story may be both true and objectively important [1] and yet still sink without trace.

The Sydney Schanberg Village Voice article (my piece of February 25) on John Kerry's alleged misfeasance as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on P.O.W./ M.I.A. Affairs in the early 1990s would seem to be an example. Its contents are certainly not established as true, but, if true, would certainly be important. A strong prima face case, at the very least.

However, the verdict from Mr Google [2] is clear.

The connect-the-dots answer is: neither the Dems nor the GOP want to stir up Vietnam again - voters aren't interested, so would be bound to query the motives of any party raising the issue; and the skeletons are backed up in those cupboards!

(Schanberg's roll-call of ex-presidents Kerry failed to call before his Committee:
Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush

Enough said.)

And, now that Kerry is their guy, Dems are hardly going to do anything that might tarnish him. (Some hardcore Deaniacs, perhaps. But who's listening to them?)

What about the rest of the objective - if not fair and balanced - media? A mixture of Not Invented Here and perceived public lack of interest would cover it.

For the moment, no contrarian insight here.

(Whilst on dead Kerry stories, no sign of mystery woman Maria Goodman, supposedly the girl who dropped off her resumé with Kerry back in 1998 - February 21.)

  1. How to distinguish? No sich animule? Just bear with me...

  2. Google News right now has three items for schanberg kerry - not including the VV piece! Regular Google for schanberg kerry vietnam pow committee produces 48 of 127. (Including a 2002 Boston Magazine knocking piece on Kerry - of general interest, rather than adding anything particular to the POW Committee story, I think.)

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