by Scoobie Davis
John Wayne O'Neil
From the Randi Rhodes Show (a repeat), a Swift Boat veteran--whose name I didn't get--who served on the same swift boat with John Kerry is putting the lie to John O'Neil. He was there with John Kerry and he knew the truth about how John Kerry deserved all of his medals. He also knew of O'Neil when they were both in Nam and let the listeners know that when O'Neil took over Kerry's Swift Boat after Kerry's tour of duty, O'Neil shot up another swift boat. O'Neil's nickname was "John Wayne O'Neil."
Must Read Column: Eric Alterman on the Swift Boat Liars and the media’s dereliction of duty. Excerpt:
The group of liars and miscreants who make up Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were able to dominate the news and possibly turn the tide of the election despite offering false information against a decorated war hero, to support two war-avoiders who let others fight and die for a cause they professed to support, for two reasons. The first is the existence of an ideological movement that masquerades as a respectable segment of the media. This mass movement is dedicated to preserving power for the combination of wealthy corporate executives, religious fundamentalists and neoconservative ideologues who make up the Bush Administration's base, with little, if any, regard for the truth of its arguments . . . But, second, to point exclusively to the dishonest machinations of the right-wing media would be to miss the significance of the so-called liberal media (SCLM). Their willingness to treat scurrilous slander as mere "politics as usual" abdicates the most fundamental responsibility of journalism: to ascertain, as best as one can, just what the truth of a given situation may be.
Read the whole article.