Roger L. Simon

Paging Sgt. Joe Friday!

LA.jpg Watching Juan Williams on Fox News and catching glimpses of “Nightline” through my sleep made one thing clear to me last night. The major media must be petrified of the Swift Boat Veterans. They are doing everything they can to kill the messenger and almost nothing to report the news.

How pathetic and, well… sorry to use this word again, but it’s the only one that comes to mind… reactionary.

What we don’t need here is interpretation. We need facts. “Just the facts, ma’am,” as Joe Friday famously said. The Swift Boat Vets have made very speciific and detailed accusations. In the case of the Cambodia Affair they cite numerous public speeches and published articles by John Kerry. Where is the rebuttal, other than accusing the vets of being Republicans? Non-existent so far. (“Nightline” hardly dealt with it. Perhaps they don’t care the next President of the United States is either a pompous serial liar or delusional? Anything to perserve victory for their ideology. But what is that ideology? Not much, if you think about. The shard of a shard. How pathetic is that!)

And of course there is the question of Kerry’s medical records, which he refuses to release even though they could go a long way toward dispelling questions about those Purple Hearts — the ones which seem so (excuse me) dear to his heart. Bush released his records without, as far as I know, complaining of partisan attack. What is Kerry’s excuse for this? Medical privacy? Please… I’m all for medical privacy… but he is running for the most important position on Earth. If he was so concerned about his privacy, he should have considered another job.

Let’s put it bluntly: John Kerry, for your honor and the future of the country, release the records.

UPDATE: I don’t even know what to make of this. I’ve been writing fiction all my life and find it seriously weird. [Maybe that explains why he doesn’t want his med records released.–ed. You said it, I didn’t.]

(hat tip… and I do mean hat tip… HH)