Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Kerry's grades, Bush's grades and Howell Raines' bias

  • Howell Raines (former New York Times honcho) wrote last August,
    Does anyone in America doubt that Kerry has a higher IQ than Bush? I'm sure the candidates' SATs and college transcripts would put Kerry far ahead.
    Yes, Mr. Raines, some of us thought that Bush was being inaccurately portrayed as a buffoon, and Kerry as an intellectual, by an unwittingly biased press corps (e.g., Howell Raines). Now the evidence you were seeking is available and it proves our point. Read on.

  • The Boston Globe reports today,
    Yale grades portray Kerry as a lackluster student
    His 4-year average on par with Bush's

    During last year's presidential campaign, John F. Kerry was the candidate often portrayed as intellectual and complex, while George W. Bush was the populist who mangled his sentences.

    But newly released records show that Bush and Kerry had a virtually identical grade average at Yale University four decades ago.
    The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto writes that in fact Bush's record was marginally better than Kerry's:
    Kerry, it turns out, had a 76 average for his years at Yale--the equivalent of a C and one point below George W. Bush's 77 average.
  • And remember this from last October?
    Bush's IQ greater than Kerry's according to new study

Update: On the day the Raines op-ed with the above quotation was printed, Soxblog was all over it.

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