Thursday, November 02, 2006

Mocking Media Believes it was a botched joke; Hersh set up?

"it was a botched joke..."

Remember those words, how can they possibly be true? Did John F(unny) Kerry crack a smile as he said the words:

If it was a joke, why is John F(unny) Kerry joking about something as serious as his belief George W. Bush has gotten the U.S. "stuck" in Iraq, resulting in the death of our youth?

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Kerry says he "botched joke" and lashes out at GOP
By Andrew Ryan, Globe Correspondent

An angry Senator John F. Kerry castigated Republicans at a nationally televised press conference this afternoon, accusing conservatives of twisting his words of a "botched joke" to suggest that students who do poorly in school will end up as soldiers serving in Iraq.

"My statement yesterday, and the White House knows this full well, was a botched joke about the President and the President's people not about the troops," Kerry said at a press conference in Seattle. "The White Houses attempt to distort my true statement is a remarkable testament to their abject failure making America safe.


Kerry: It Was a 'Botched Joke'
By Nathan Burchfiel Staff Writer
October 31, 2006

( - Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) says comments he made Monday that appeared to imply that American troops were uneducated were a "botched joke" intended to insult President Bush.

At a news conference in Seattle Tuesday, Kerry refused to apologize and accused Republicans of distorting his comment in a "classic GOP, textbook Republican campaign tactic."

His comment was "clearly a remark that was directed at this administration."

Kerry said Republicans "know precisely what I was saying, and they're trying to turn this because they have a bankrupt policy."

At a campaign stop in California for gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides, Kerry said Monday: "Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

"it was a botched joke..."

Imus believes Kerry

Kerry believes Kerry

Matthews believes Kerry

Kerry believes Kerry

Lou Dobbs believes Kerry

Kerry believes Kerry

Arianna believes Kerry Kerry Botches a Punchline, the GOP Pounces

Sowell doesn't believe Kerry

Senator Kerry, Media Darling
National Review Online, by Thomas

Candidates are not the only major factors in this year’s elections. The media have taken a big role — and a biased role. The latest in a long list of examples is the way they have immediately circled the wagons around John Kerry to protect him and the Democrats from the reaction to an ill-advised remark that the senator made at a college in California.

What was the remark? “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

That’s what the man said. It’s on tape so there is no basis for dispute about that. What there is a dispute about is what it meant.

One plain meaning is that, if you don’t get a good education, you could end up getting sent to Iraq. This would be consistent with a disdain for the military apparent not only in Senator Kerry’s voting record but also that of many other Democrats in Congress. So the Republicans grabbed that ball and ran with it.

Senator Kerry now claims that it was a “botched joke,” meaning that President Bush didn’t get a good education and that he has gotten the country stuck in Iraq. Even if we bend over backward to believe that Kerry didn’t really mean what he said, but had simply messed up the punch line, his follow-up statement later on only made matters worse.

He said he would “apologize to no one” that if anyone would believe that “a veteran, someone like me,” would “somehow criticize more than 140,000 troops serving in Iraq” then “they’re crazy.”

Maybe Senator Kerry has a bad memory — or maybe he is counting on the rest of us having a bad memory. He criticized more than 140,000 troops serving in Vietnam, making sweeping and unsubstantiated accusations against them of widespread atrocities back in the 1970s.

He criticized them at home and abroad, giving aid and comfort to our enemies in wartime. That is what first got the Swift Boat veterans after him, years before he ran for president in 2004.

Posted By:Judy W., 11/2/2006 8:08:50 AM

Reply 11 - Posted by: Jebediah, 11/2/2006 9:19:55 AM

Absolutely on the $! I again, just for fun, watched Chris Matthews last night. He has convinced himself that Kerry's gaffe was simply a joke gone wrong "and it is obvious if you read the transcript." Having read the transcript,and others having read the transcript, it is NOT obvious but a tortured conclusion.


Fox News Live with E.D. Hill, interview with David Ballavia: John Kerry... called our troops, called them terrorists, said we're breaking into Iraqi civilians homes and terrorizing them at night..." David Ballavia, Iraq War Vet

E.D. Hill... Seymour Hersh comments... what do you think... there has never been an American army as violent and murderous as the one in Iraq. Quote

E.D. Hill ...regardless of facts people are turning on our military.

What is this slander, blood libel, maybe this is a joke to John Kerry, to John Murtha... Hersh, let the world kow exactly how you feel, let Jack Murtha let the world know how you feel... come out and tell us... David Bellava

Check the McGill Daily Hill says for Hersh comment.

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006 4:23 p.m. EST
Seymour Hersh: U.S. Military ‘Murderous’

"There has never been an American army as violent and murderous as the one in Iraq,” Hersh told an audience at McGill University in Montreal...


The McGill Daily reports that Hersh described video footage depicting alleged U.S. atrocities in Iraq, which he had viewed, but said he has not yet reported on. Hersh recalled one video in which he said American soldiers massacred a group of people playing soccer.

"Three U.S. armed vehicles, eight soldiers in each, are driving through a village, passing candy out to kids," he began. "Suddenly the first vehicle explodes, and there are soldiers screaming. Sixteen soldiers come out of the other vehicles, and they do what they’re told to do, which is look for running people.

"Never mind that the bomb was detonated by remote control,” Hersh continued. "[The soldiers] open up fire; [the] cameras show it was a soccer game.

"About 10 minutes later, [the soldiers] begin dragging bodies together, and they drop weapons there. It was reported as 20 or 30 insurgents killed that day,” Hersh said.

Hersh did not say where he got the videos, but it is well known that the terrorist insurgents in Iraq have been peddling carefully staged videos to gullible American journalists purporting to show atrocities by U.S. forces as part of al-Qaida's propaganda campaign.

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