DATE: 1/10/2005 09:45:00 PM
Continuing the Meme - Tonight on "Hannity and Colmes," Sean Hannity asked Carl Bernstein whether it would have been right if Kerry had been elected based on false documents. Bernstein's response was rote and showed what a fossil the once risk-taking reporter has become. He said, "Well, the Swift Vets helped him lose the election" and practically rolled his eyes when Hannity pointed out that the Swift Vets didn't lie.
I guess I should be thankful for what the Swift Vets did during the campaign. They put their reputations on the line to tell the truth about John Kerry and were savaged by the media. Any time the MSM mentions their ad campaign, they always add the disclaimer "debunked." Even now, after Kerry has lost the election, the MSM cannot bring themselves to admit the Swift Vets may have been right and Kerry's war hero stories are exaggerated.
Today, Power Line says, and I agree, that one of the main reasons CBS pursued the Bush AWOL story with such vigor is that the Swift Vets stripped the momentum from the Kerry campaign. The documents came along at just the right time, which should have been Mapes' first clue that something was wrong. But she was so blinded by a political agenda, she didn't see the obvious. That's what the report whitewashed, and that's what CBS should be pressed to admit.
And if they won't admit that, then maybe they should just fire Heyward. That'll work, too.