media scrutinized John Kerry's military service
yet hardly examined George Bush's military history;
it's time for a change. By Stewart Nusbaumer "What
is good for the goose is good for the gander,"
the adage claims. But our media does not believe
this is true for the two presidential candidates.
It claims what is good for John Kerry is not good
for George Bush.
a month, John Kerry the Vietnam veteran has been
raked over the political coals and fried on the
talk shows. Under the cover of "journalistic excellence"--which
makes as much sense as "military intelligence"--Kerry
has been trashed and slammed, called a liar and
a fake, and deemed undeserving of his combat medals.
the hungry pursuit of ratings, the media has been
the enthusiastic conveyor of this ugly nonsense,
insisting that crap is "news," that innuendoes
and falsehoods are analysis and even facts. Yet,
those few journalists who have seriously investigated
John Kerry's past have not found any truth to
these wild accusations of the swift boat veterans--zilch
evidence to substantiate that Kerry is a fake
and a liar. But the media assault goes on.
isn't it time to move on to George Bush? In the
name of fairness and balance, something we have
heard a lot about, isn't it time for the media
to seriously investigate George Bush's military
service? For those who are not ideological stooges,
the answer is clearly "Yes."
are the questions, limited to only three, that
I would ask George Bush:
Since you were a strong supporter of the Vietnam
War, and during that war the U.S. Air Force needed
pilots to fly combat missions, why did you enlist
in the Texas Air National Guard?
those of you who might think this question is
unfair, I want to say that lately we have heard
a lot about how decisions made by John Kerry in
his youth are relevant to understanding John Kerry
the presidential candidate. Furthermore, I want
to know if the man with the power to send Americans
to war, and some to their death, was a coward
during his generation's war.
The Air National Guard spent millions of dollars
to train you to be a fighter pilot, so why did
you fail to show up for an annual physical, which
ended your flying career?
those of you who don't like this question, I want
to remind you that respecting taxpayers' money
and fulfilling personal commitments are not inconsequential
personality traits. Especially for those citizens
who pay their taxes and go to work every day.
You insist that you did not skip-out on more than
a year of National Guard meetings, but where is
the military documentation to prove that you attended
these meetings and where are the Guardsmen who
remembered that you attended?
those of you who might think--oh, come on! If
going AWOL during wartime is not relevant to a
presidential campaign, then morality and nationalism
are not relevant to you.
are many military documents that prove I never
went AWOL when in the Marine Corps, and to this
day lots of guys remember my ugly face. Surely
the same should be true for a "famous son" whose
father was a wealthy congressman--unless, of course,
he did go AWOL.
the heat of the media, back when the media put
heat on Republicans as well as Democrats, President
Richard Nixon said: "It's important for the American
people to know if their president is a crook."
This is true. And it's important for the American
people to know if their president is a coward,
if their president is a liar, and if their president
is a deserter.
know John Kerry is not a coward; the Vietnam War
proved that. We know that John Kerry is not a
liar because journalists examining every inch
of his life cannot find the lies. We know that
John Kerry is not a deserter because military
records prove he was not a deserter. As for George
Bush, we simply do not know.
is time for the media to be fair and balanced,
which requires it to put George Bush's military
service under the same investigative microscope
that they have used to examine John Kerry's military
service. Examine every accusation, every assertion,
every possibility, and to do this relentlessly.
Then we will know if George Bush's military service
stands up to John Kerry's military service. Then
we will know if George Bush is a coward, a liar,
Posted: August 30, 2004