Editorial by John Ziegler

My Letter To The LA Times Editorial Board

8/25/2004

Here is my letter which I submitted to the LA Times Editorial Board in response to their recent editorial "These Charges Are False..." which claimed to conclude that the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" are lying. The editorial can be found below. I am not holding my breath waiting for the Times to print the letter.

Dear LA Times Editorial Board:

It must be nice to live in the world in which your editorial board evidently resides. How great it must be to make things "true" simply by wishing them to
be so. Your editorial concluding that "These charges against John Kerry are false," was comical.

Are you not aware the Kerry campaign itself has already changed their story significantly regarding at least two of the allegations (his first purple heart coming under enemy fire, which is contradicted by his own diary, and his
"Christmas in Cambodia" story) against him?

And yet, while making the exact same type of baseless charges against the Bush campaign and their nonexistent coordination with the Swift Boat Vets that you erroneously accuse them of making against Kerry, you provide laughably
little to back up your bold assertion. You don't even state which of the many "charges" you have somehow determined are "false."

You seem to be saying, "trust us," because we know better than you. While the American people are indeed largely ignorant and stupid, there are many of us who have learned long ago not to trust anything the LA Times says,especially without any evidence.

No matter how many times (you have tried twice now) you say it, or how hard you wish something to be true, you still need facts. The days of the LA Times and other liberal mouth pieces being able to jam their version of truth down our throats are, thankfully, over forever. However, I do have to thank you for providing such great entertaining reading. You should know that much of your dwindling readership is laughing at you, not with you.


John Ziegler
KFI-AM Talk Show Host

EDITORIAL
These Charges Are False ...
It's one thing for the presidential campaign to get nasty but quite another for it to engage in fabrication.

August 24, 2004

The technique President Bush is using against John F. Kerry was perfected by his father against Michael Dukakis in 1988, though its roots go back at least to Sen. Joseph McCarthy. It is: Bring a charge, however bogus. Make the charge simple: Dukakis "vetoed the Pledge of Allegiance"; Bill Clinton "raised taxes 128 times"; "there are [pick a number] Communists in the State Department." But make sure the supporting details are complicated and blurry enough to prevent easy refutation.

Then sit back and let the media do your work for you. Journalists have to report the charges, usually feel obliged to report the rebuttal, and often even attempt an analysis or assessment. But the canons of the profession prevent most journalists from saying outright: These charges are false. As a result, the voters are left with a general sense that there is some controversy over Dukakis' patriotism or Kerry's service in Vietnam. And they have been distracted from thinking about real issues (like the war going on now) by these laboratory concoctions.

It must be infuriating to the victims of this process to be given conflicting advice about how to deal with it from the same campaign press corps that keeps it going. The press has been telling Kerry: (a) Don't let charges sit around unanswered; and (b) stick to your issues: Don't let the other guy choose the turf.

At the moment, Kerry is being punished by the media for taking advice (b) and failing to take advice (a). There was plenty of talk on TV about what Kerry's failure to strike back said about whether he had the backbone for the job of president ? and even when he did strike back, he was accused of not doing it soon enough. But what does Bush's acquiescence in the use of this issue say about whether he has the simple decency for the job of president?

Whether the Bush campaign is tied to the Swift boat campaign in the technical, legal sense that triggers the wrath of the campaign-spending reform law is not a very interesting question. The ridiculously named Swift Boat Veterans for Truth is being funded by conservative groups that interlock with Bush's world in various ways, just as MoveOn.org, which is running nasty ads about Bush's avoidance of service in Vietnam, is part of Kerry's general milieu.

More important, either man could shut down the groups working on his behalf if he wanted to. Kerry has denounced the MoveOn ads, with what degree of sincerity we can't know. Bush on Monday ' finally ' called for all ads by independent groups on both sides to be halted. He also said Kerry had "served admirably" in Vietnam. But he declined an invitation to condemn the Swift boat effort.

In both cases, the candidates are the reason the groups are in business. There is an important difference, though, between the side campaign being run for Kerry and the one for Bush. The pro-Kerry campaign is nasty and personal. The pro-Bush campaign is nasty, personal and false.

No informed person can seriously believe that Kerry fabricated evidence to win his military medals in Vietnam. His main accuser has been exposed as having said the opposite at the time, 35 years ago. Kerry is backed by almost all those who witnessed the events in question, as well as by documentation. His accusers have no evidence except their own dubious word.

Not limited by the conventions of our colleagues in the newsroom, we can say it outright: These charges against John Kerry are false. Or at least, there is no good evidence that they are true. George Bush, if he were a man of principle, would say the same thing.

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