Well, John Kerry's gone and stuck his foot in his mouth again. While making a speech to students at Pasadena City College yesterday, Kerry made the following statement:
You know education, if you make the most of it, and you study hard, and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq.
And, as was to be expected, two things happened:
- Kerry made every attempt to defend his remarks and say he really didn't say what he said.
- the MSM made every attempt to gloss over and play down the story.
Here are some quotes from his self serving "apology" news conference:
My statement yesterday -- and the White House knows this full well -- was a botched joke about the president and the president's people, not about the troops.
Riiiiiiiiight. So what was the real joke supposed to be?
This is a textbook Republican campaign strategy: Try to change the topic; try to make someone else the issue; try to make something else said the issue, not the policy, not their responsibility.
So tell me again, Mr Kerry, who's changing the topic here? After hearing all of the military and ex-military people I've heard today, I'd have to say it was you. Don't forget, the whole military was made up of war criminals in Vietnam, right?
And of course, the MSM did their best to play down the significance of the comments.
- Chris Matthews - "I think he meant to go after the President"
- NY Times - As Vote Nears, Stances on War Set Off Sparks
- The Washington Post - Bush Calls Kerry Remarks Insulting to U.S. Troops
I could go on and on with examples from Katie Couric (one of the DNC's new spokespeople), CNN's Suzanne "We hope and we think that all of this is going to go away tomorrow" Malveaux, and on and on.
Now, with all of these MSM outlets publishing articles in today's paper (although most not on the front page, of course), how did the DFW do? Not one article! What a shock! We know that time was not an issue, because the remarks were made in the afternoon, which gave them plenty of time. Plus, all the other major papers that are three hours ahead managed to get articles written and published. So what could it be? My bet is because it wasn't favorable to the Dems, but then again, I could be wrong.
In the DFW's defense, they did get an article up on the web site this morning (the first post time I saw for the article was 8:15AM, well after their deadline).
One interesting note from the article was that Kerry canceled three fundraising appearances for Democratic hopefuls in Iowa, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. I guess they realize a detriment when they see one.
One final question to think about. If these comments had been made by a Republican, how much play do you think the Oregonian would have been giving to this story? I'd be willing to bet it would be quite a bit. Take for instance the case of Trent Lott, former Senate Majority Leader. The hypocritical media were all over him for comments he made at a birthday party for Strom Thurmond. I'll have to do some research to see how many stories the DFW ran about Lott (therir site only allows a search of the past 14 days), but I'd be willing to bet it was quite a few.