Matter of Fact

September 2004
New Republic;9/6/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 10, p9
Discusses journalism's tolerance for the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth group's claims regarding John Kerry's service in Vietnam. Group, whose veterans claim to have served with Kerry, while none of them actually served on the same boat; Reporters who defeated the group's claims, but because of conventions of evenhandedness were prevented from stating their findings in plain terms; Television media, which kept the story alive; Journalists, who should understand tactics of launching attacks loosely based on the truth, then allowing the media to spread them as truth.


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