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What ELSE is going to be revealed as to what John Kerry/John Edwards and the DNC have lied about, are lying about. It’s a sad day, indeed, when I write as I do here and now, and that is that I won’t be surprised as more is revealed, over time.

Press Release
Fraternal Order of Police, October 14, 2004

Police Call on Kerry to Stop Misrepresenting Their Support

Today Chuck Canterbury, the President of the nation’s largest police labor organization, called on John Kerry to stop making misleading statements regarding his support from the law enforcement community. Both on the campaign trail and in Wednesday night’s debate in Tempe, AZ, Senator Kerry has alluded that he has the support of the majority of these brave men and women.

“As the elected leader of the largest organization representing America’s Federal, State and local law enforcement officers, I believe it’s important to point out yet again that we do not support his candidacy for President,” Canterbury said. “And to be perfectly frank, the groups which do support him actually share the same membership rolls and, taken together, probably comprise less than one-quarter of our nation’s police officers.”

Canterbury further noted that unlike the organizations which Senator Kerry touts, F.O.P. members as a whole decided that the Fraternal Order of Police would endorse the reelection of President George W. Bush. They based their decision, he said, on the record of the Bush Administration in supporting America’s first responders?-including helping to secure passage earlier this year of H.R. 218, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, the organization’s top legislative priority. Bush also successfully fought to greatly enhance the benefits for the families of officers killed in the line of duty.

“While Kerry was flying around the country campaigning and leaving the actual work of the nation to his colleagues in the Senate, the President was out there working on our behalf,” Canterbury said. “Senators Kerry and Edwards have missed so many crucial votes this Congress that I was beginning to believe there were only 98 members of the U.S. Senate.”

Canterbury also said it was the height of irony that Kerry would use his position on the reauthorization of the assault weapons ban as a reflection of his support from police. “First, if a police officer is killed by an AK-47, Kerry would oppose the death penalty for the killer,” Canterbury said. “In addition, where was he when this issue was being discussed in the 108th Congress? Where was he when we were working to pass H.R. 218? When it came time to help push for final passage of legislation important to law enforcement, Senator Kerry was regrettably A.W.O.L.”

“Given the facts, I would greatly appreciate it if Senator Kerry would refrain from making similar whimsical assertions regarding his support from the law enforcement community,” Canterbury said. “The real majority of my fellow officers are standing behind President Bush, because he has been there for us.”

The Fraternal Order of Police is the nation’s largest law enforcement labor organization, representing more than 318,000 members.

For more information or elaboration, please do not hesitate to contact the National F.O.P. Legislative Office at 202.547.8189 or via e-mail. – 1997-2004 Fraternal Order of Police, Grand Lodge

Thanks to:

Right Thoughts: “Kerry lies about the cops”

Right-Thinking: “What the Cops Think”

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  1. justaguy says:

    I was disappointed in the way O’Reilly handled Brinkley tonight.

    1. Brinkley insinuates that the POWs are lying in regards to them stating that they
    were tortured by Kerry’s statements.


    The POWs were tortured with Kerry’s statements…even John McCain acknowledges this.
    He states this in the May 14, 1973 issue of U.S. News & World Report.

    Here are some excerpts of McCain’s comments….

    “They used Senator Fullbright a great deal…”

    “Clark Clifford was another [North Vietnamese] favorite, right after he had
    been Secretary of Defense under President Johnson.”

    “When Ramsey Clark came over [my jailers] thought that was a great coup for their cause…”

    “All through this period, our captors were bombarding us with anti-war quotes from people in
    high places back in Washington. This was the most effective propaganda they had to use
    against us.”

    2. Brinkley keeps saying…only three POWs were interviewed in “Stolen Honor.”

    Sure, only a handful are featured in the documentary…because of time constraints.

    But, the following were interviewed for the documentary…

    Kenneth W. Cordier
    George E. “Bud” Day
    Jack H. Fellowes
    Ralph E. Gaither
    Paul E. Galanti
    Carlyle S. “Smitty” Harris
    Gordon A. “Swede” Larson
    Kevin McManus
    Thomas M. McNish
    Thomas S. Pyle
    Robinson Risner
    Robert H. Shumaker
    Thomas J. Sterling
    Leo K. Thorsness
    Jack L. Van Loan
    James H. Warner
    Ronald J. Webb

  2. -S- says:

    I, too, found that O’Reilly QandA of Douglas Brinkley startling. O’Reilly did not even modestly challenge Brinkley’s bombastic presentation of informaiton. I describe the Brinkiley presentation as bombastic because it was skewered to the point of REAL fascism academically, toward a point of view that is wishful thinking only, and by Brinkley.

    I was going to write about this today and I thank you, once again, for your information about this in the interim…I managed to complete the MovableType install yesterday but now have to design my site using that program so am having to spend a lot of my time doing that until complete, BUT, I completely agree with the O’Reilly/Brinkley experience. I generally support O’Reilly’s questioning but with Brinkley, O’Reilly really did appear to be inducing a point of view that Brinkley was all too keen to be misleading about (various individuals among the Swiftvets); O’Reilly behaved similarly when Michael Moore was on his show, but why, it’s a mystery to me.

    Brinkley’s distorted presentation and interpretation of information should not remain unchallenged, in any media. He’s a smart fellow, yes (“Ph.D” I noticed FOX displayed on his behalf), but that only ensures that he presents lies more pursuasively as truth and emphatically, in my perspective, after reading the full story here and elsewhere.

    Why O’Reilly didn’t challenge him is beyond me. Or, perhaps it’s Chernin’s influence — a wild guess here — but whatever it is, the bias was noticable particularly with Brinkley, as it was with Moore. We’ll never know unless O’Reilly chooses to explain the noticable soft-fold with Brinkley (and Moore) at some future time.