:: Thursday, August 05, 2004 ::
Kerry Lawyers Warn Radio and TV?
Rush has just reported that Kerry's Washington lawyers have issued a statement to radio and television managers stating that they risk libel suits should they air the controversial Swiftboat TV ad. Nothing on the wires yet but I have no reason to doubt Rush.
If this is true, it's a really dumb PR move for the Kerry team. Censoring the ad will just fan the flames and keep the story alive. Right now, having heard this on Rush, hundreds of thousands of people are probably downloading the streaming video of the commercial (which, by the way, you can find here). Smooth move John Kerry.
Wonder how many TV execs will be intimidated by Kerry's threat. Will the ACLU step in to defend the veteran's right to free speech? Hmmmm...the plot thickens.
It's interesting how unabashedly hypocritical the left is. While whining about the first amendment because a few people walk out of a Linda Ronstadt concert, they'll simultaneously solicit the court to censor a valid but opposing political viewpoint in an election debate. My feeling is, although the language in the ad may be a little strong, there's probably more truth in that 30 second swiftboat commercial than there is in the entirety of the movie Fahrenheit 911.
They can dish out lies but they sure can't take the truth.
Update: Yep, Kerry's threatening to sue them--Human Events has the Exclusive with a copy of the letter sent to the Television Stations. Question: If Bush had threatened to sue to censor a Kerry attack ad, how do you suppose Rather & Co. would handle the story? What do you suppose the New York Times would have to say about it? What would Michael Moore say? What would the ACLU do?
:: Max 2:11 PM [+] ::