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August 12, 2004

FactCheck.org can't seem to check their own facts.

A web site ostensibly calling itself FactCheck.org appears to have quite a bit of problem . . . well . . . checking facts. In a transparently pro-Kerry analysis of the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, they follow the tried and "true" method of Liberal journalists in slanting virtually every "fact" toward the spin they want.

First of all the title their report "Republican-funded Group Attacks Kerry's War Record" yet they never refer to MoveOn.org as a Democrat funded group in any of the articles about them.

The article says, "the veterans who accuse Kerry are contradicted by Kerry's former crewmen" which give a biased impression that all of Kerry's crewmen are behind him. In fact only one has actually endorsed Kerry and most have requested that Kerry stop using their image in his campaign, a request Kerry has so far ignored. The veterans FactCheck.org refer to are those Vets who served with Kerry, in the same company, under the same command, or even commanded Kerry himself. Many of those who have sided with Kerry either never actually served with him or met him only briefly.

FactCheck.org contrasts the testimony of one soldier who hid under the water during an attack to dozens of soldiers who were involved in the fight. When the soldier was finally pulled out of the water, Kerry was on hand, according to dozens of eye witnesses, but was one of many. For some reason the testimony of the man pulled out, who'd barely escaped drowning and would most likely have been terribly disoriented is considered more valid that the dozens of eyewitness testimonies of those that helped pull him out.

In the case of George Elliot, leftist "journalists" from the Boston Globe reported that he had said he regretted participating in the commercial and other activities, yet FactCheck.org conveniently omits the FACT that Elliot himself issued a press release immediately after the article was published denying he'd said it, and claiming the Boston Globe misquoted him.


Posted by Jack Lewis at August 12, 2004 06:36 AM