Cleveland Plain Dealer notices the elephant in the room

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has finally noticed John Kerry’s lies as revealed by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Sort of. And it only took them twelve days.
Here’s the extent of their coverage:

Kerry also said in the Senate in 1986 that he entered Cambodia on secret missions, which would have been illegal, and in other accounts he specifically recalled being there on Christmas Eve, 1968, a memory “seared” in his mind.
Fellow officers and living commanders said he was 55 miles from the Cambodian border and never entered Cambodia.
They also criticize him for associating President Nixon with the alleged Cambodian incursions of 1968, since Nixon didn’t take office until 1969.
Kerry adviser Michael Meehan said on Friday that Kerry was “near and around the border” on Dec. 24, 1968 – Christmas Eve – and “for certain he transported Special Operations folks into Cambodia” other times.

That’s it. Four innacurate paragraphs at the end of a single article, and Kerry slinks away with minor damage. I pointed out the PD’s .000 batting average on Kerry’s “Christmas in Cambodia” lie two days ago. The PD still doesn’t mention Kerry’s magic hat, nor does it dig into his unbelievable fallback lie #1 or fallback lie #2.
For August 16-18, here’s the PD’s John Kerry news tally:

  • “John Kerry”: 5
  • “John Kerry” and “Cambodia”: 1
  • “Swift Boat Veterans”: 2
  • “anti” and “John Kerry” : 3

Ah, but what about those shadowy swift boat vets? There’s a two-paragraph item from PD Washington bureau chief Stephen Koff, the last half of which reads:

The group’s financing is highly partisan. The source of the Swift Boat group’s money wasn’t known when it first surfaced, but a report filed July 15 with the Internal Revenue Services now shows its initial funding came mainly from a Houston home builder, Bob R. Perry, who has also given millions to the Republican party and Republican candidates, mostly in Texas, including President Bush and Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay, whose district is near Houston. Perry gave $100,000 of the $158,750 received by the Swift Boat group through the end of June, according to its disclosure report.

Oh, no … not the dreaded partisans! The next thing you know, Cleveland sports fans will start preferring the Browns over the Steelers, and heaven knows we can’t have people choosing sides. It’s like, y’know … just not nice. Or something. I guess non-partisan campaigning is the way to go. I can see the bumper sticker now: “Elect Somebody in 2008.”
Koff highlights Bob Perry’s $100,000 donation to the swifties, but makes no mention of the $400,000 raised online from 8,000 donors, leaving Perry’s $100,000 contribution as 17.9% of the total of $558,750. Spare me the veiled insinuations of back-room skullduggery, please.
Koff also makes no mention of Democrat-friendly 527 committees like MoveOn.org and America Coming Together, which are liberally funded by billionaire lefty uber-partisans like George Soros (who’s contributed over $12,000,000) and Cleveland’s own Peter B. Lewis (who’s contributed over $14,000,000). If you’re going to cast aspersions about big money donors, your story ought to report relevant contributions from the other side. Bob Perry’s $100,000 looks a bit less significant when compared to the $26,000,000 these two billionaires gave to Kerry-boosting 527 committees.
You want a second source, Plain Dealer? Here, knock yourself out. Now you have confirmation. This is what’s known as “journalism.” You guys ought to try it sometime.

UPDATE: More here.

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