I’ve only a minute to post today, but today’s Globe has 3 stories and an editorial about the Kerry kerfuffle. These stories are reminiscent of the Globe’s Swift Boat coverage (and non-coverage) during 2004 campaign; candor is spoken in the Globe only after events have played out, if ever.
For example, Rick Klein’s story reports that:
the matter quickly became a major headache for Democrats
It was a major headache yesterday, too, but the Boston Globe did not report it as such. It was described yesterday in the Globe as a ‘sharpening exchange”. Also in Klein’s story is this quote from Jeffrey Berry a political science professor at Tufts, and thus statistically near certainly a Democrat:
“John Kerry represents everything that Democrats have come to dislike about their own party -- weakness, indecisiveness, strategic errors -- and this just adds to it.”
That’s a Democrat speaking!
Day-after candor isn’t universal, though. In his so-called analysis Peter Canellos shovels more horse manure on the Globe’s fantasy version of the Swift Boat story:
Later, when groups backing Bush declared, with just fragments of evidence, that Kerry had embellished his military record, the criticism stuck -- even though most of the allegations were ultimately disproven[sic].
So where did Kerry really spend that Christmas, Peter?