End News "Blackout" of Swift Boat Vets Charges Against Senator John Kerry sign now

In February of this year (2004), film-maker Michael Moore, soone echoed by Terrence McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and other prominent Democrats, charged that President George W. Bush went Absent With-Out Leave (AWOL) while serving with the Texas Air National Guard thirty years ago. The largest news organizations in the country, from print media organizations such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, to television broadcast media organizations such as CBS, NBC and ABC, and the newswire services such as the Associated Press, dedicated substantial investigative resources, front pages stories and headlines to the story.

In other words, the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, the Associated Press, CBS, NBC, ABC, et al. did not "blackout" the story. It was investigated tenaciously and thoroughly, questions asked at White House Press Briefings, and answers being covered on newspaper pages and on network news programs. This led to the White House releasing hundreds of pages of records, including pay records, dental records, medical records, flight records and statements from fellow guardsmen, all outlining in detail President's Bush's five-plus years in the Air National Guard.

The information provided through the unrelenting investigation of the AWOL charges against the President by the Press has since then indeed served the public's right to know. We, undersigned petitioners, hereby extend our commendation to the Press for the tireless way in which they pursued this story and presented it to the people of the United States as the Presidential election approaches.

The reporters and editors who pursued this story properly decided that the truth or falsity of these charges against the President of shirking his military duties was independent of the motives of those making the charges such as Michael Moore and Terrence McAuliffe.

In light of this, we, the undersigned petitioners, are now registering our extreme disappointment with the current coverage or lack thereof by the Press of the charges being leveled against Senator John F. Kerry by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth organization. Unlike Michael Moore and Terrence McAuliffe, who never served with President Bush, the men of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, over two hundred and fifty men, served with Senator Kerry in the same Swift Boat Squadron in Vietnam and they include Steven Gardner, who served on the same Swift Boat, PCF-94, as Senator Kerry.

We, the undersigned petitioners, would also like to register our confusion as to the obvious disparate treatment accorded to the charges against President Bush, which were thoroughly investigated, and the charges against Senator Kerry, which are, for some reason, being willfully ignored.

While Terrence McAuliffe and Michael Moore have never served with President Bush and furthermore presented no documentary evidence to support their charges questioning President George W. Bush's military record, their charges were deemed worthy of being fully investigated by the Press. No question was made of their motives despite their being long-time publicly self-proclaimed partisan political foes of the President.

In contrast, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth not only have served with Senator Kerry, they are also medal winners and consist of not only Republicans, but Democrats and Independents as well. Furthermore, as a 527 organization, they have had no collaborative or operational contact with either the Bush or Kerry Presidential campaigns. They also have documentary evidence; sworn affidavits, eye witness accounts and news (print and broadcast) reports, many on-the-record statements by Senator John Kerry, among others, and information gleaned from his authorized biography by Douglas Brinkley to buttress their charges.

We, the undersigned petitioners, would also like to remind the various editors and reporters of the Press that the truth or falseness of these charges against Senator Kerry is independent of the motives of the members of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth organization. And, furthermore, the continuance of the current "blackout" of these charges against Senator Kerry would not only be a disservice to the nation, it would also be disastrous to the Press' touted reputation for integrity and independence.

We, the undersigned petitioners, therefore urge the Press, especially the giants of the print and broadcast news media, which include, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, CBS, NBC, CNN, FoxNews, ABC, etc. to end the news "blackout" on the charges against Senator John F. Kerry and to just as fully as they did with President Bush, dedicate their investigative resources and inform the public as to the truth or falseness of these charges against Senator John F. Kerry.

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  • 20 December 2015250. Evan S
    Zip Code 91306 The media's job is to provide information to the people. The notion that you ran with a bogus AWOL story that had been fully veted, had no witnesses and clearly was politically motivated while ignoring the public testimony of 200 plus high
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