From WorldNetDaily.com headlines today:
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Helen Thomas defends Rather
‘The real issue is why doesn’t the president tell us the truth?’
Posted: September 23, 2004, 1:00 a.m. Eastern – 2004 WorldNetDaily.com
“Helen Thomas, the so-called “dean of the White House press corps,” is not blasting up Dan Rather over his use of unreliable documents about President Bush’s military record, but instead is targeting Bush himself.
“‘To me, the real issue is why doesn’t the president tell us the truth?’ Thomas said Tuesday at a Monmouth University forum on women and journalism in West Long Branch, N.J. ‘Why doesn’t he put out all the documents? Because he can’t, because there are too many gaps.’
“…’Truth is our Holy Grail’ she said. ‘I’m sure everybody is feeling bad about it.’
“The paper says Thomas wasn’t alone in her defense of the CBS Evening News anchor, as her comments were echoed by longtime Associated Press reporter Linda Deutsch.
“‘This is all so symptomatic of kill-the-messenger mentality,’ Deutsch said. ‘They are interested more in Dan Rather. … The underlying issue of Bush’s National Guard Service is ignored. … People are gloating over it. I find that very disturbing.'”
Contrary to what the two “reporters” opine — Ms. Thomas and Ms. Deutsch — the REAL story is not Bush’s National Guard Service records — released, all — but that Dan Rather didn’t respect either Thomas’ “Holy Grail” of truth, nor basic public trust, to name just a tip of the Real Story Iceberg here.
And that, contrary to what Deutsch opines, no one is “(more) interested in Dan Rather (than the underlying issue),” nor are they intent on a “kill-the-messenger mentality,” as she aberrantly continues, quoted in this article, but that the message was corrupt, the purpose moreso, and the messenger dropped the wand and picked up the axe, and people such as Thomas and Deutsch continue to miss the significance altogether. No one wants to “kill-the-messenger” as a priority so much as they — we — want credibility and reason and the right questions posed and answered. Performances are for theatre.
Instead, these two dwell in the hyperbole of personality, rely on their totem, assumptive process of support of personality, the story be damned.
Neither of these two appear remotely interested in the fact that John Kerry hasn’t released his full military records to the public, nor about Kerry’s behavior during enlisted status, mostly those commisserations with the enemy during a time of war.
And that, last April, the John Kerry for President website purportedly printed — in complete sentences and expressions, no less — some of the very same content that was later, months later, presented by Dan Rather in the “documents”. That’d mean that the Kerry campaign — whoever that is as regards this issue, but it’s a stretch to consider that Kerry was naive or uninvolved at this extent — had access to the “documents” that Bill Burkett later said were in his possession, and prior to the time that CBS says they had the copies.
So, to add to the Real Story Iceberg, how about criminal acts to harm the Presidency, via fraud and forgery? And by a political party?
Now, there’s a story. And it’s real.