:: Saturday, August 07, 2004 ::
RecantationGate Update (Reuters): "Martin Baron, editor of The Boston Globe, said in a statement: "Regarding George Elliott's statements on John Kerry's military service, which ran in the Globe this morning, the Globe stands by the article. The quotes attributed to Mr. Elliott were on the record and absolutely accurate."
They're not backing off the story and Mr. Elliot seems a little reluctant to discuss the situation.
Update II: This is why they call him the blogfather (among other things). Glenn is all over RetractionGate with a variety of links to information regarding the Elliot/Kranish/Globe fiasco.
At this point, and as I understand it, these facts seem to be immutable: a) Kranish has a big conflict of interest, having been hired to write the intro to the Kerry Edwards book (whether he actually wrote it or not is moot--he was obviously retained by the Kerry team to do the piece--his name is/was on the thing); b) Kranish twisted Captain Elliot's quote with an imprudently placed pair of ellipsis; c) The Boston Globe has yet acknowledged the certain conflict of interest of one of their key reporters or responded to Kranish's intentional manipulation of Elliot's quote; d)The press at large has run with the Globe story in spite of these facts and continue to suggest the swifties are merely Carl Rove's wandering pack of wolves; e) The Kerry team has badly miscalculated the impact of this story by attempting to censor it. As many have observed, the press would certainly have given Kerry a pass had he simply ignored the whole thing because they want him to win; d) The press is doing Kerry no favors by continuing to disparage the Vietnam Veterans; e) Disregarding the Silver Star aspect for a moment, had any accusation ever emerged that George Bush had shot so much as a fleeing, wounded...
kumquat... ummm... Platipuss ...hamster, the press would have his big-eared head on a pike.
That they haven't hounded the Senator for clarification of the "Kerry shot a fleeing, wounded guy in the back" story is testament to elite-media bias--their partisan minds are made up.
Update III: Drudge has just posted the "cached" and "cleansed" versions of the Kerry/Edwards book. (Note: Pretty sure Instapundit beat Drudge to the cached/cleansed punch)
:: Max 11:03 AM [+] ::