Sunday, May 30, 2004

Calling it like it is

Gosh bless the Washington Post. A Monday front-page story details the lies the Bush re-election campaign has been leveling at John Kerry:

The charges were all tough, serious -- and wrong, or at least highly misleading. Kerry did not question the war on terrorism, has proposed repealing tax cuts only for those earning more than $200,000, supports wiretaps, has not endorsed a 50-cent gasoline tax increase in 10 years, and continues to support the education changes, albeit with modifications.

Scholars and political strategists say the ferocious Bush assault on Kerry this spring has been extraordinary, both for the volume of attacks and for the liberties the president and his campaign have taken with the facts. Though stretching the truth is hardly new in a political campaign, they say the volume of negative charges is unprecedented -- both in speeches and in advertising.
Now, if more media outlets would do straightforward stories like this instead of unreflectively regurgitating the bullshit the administration shovels out, then Bush will be sunk in November.


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