Thursday, June 09, 2005

Turns out Kerry may have not released all his military records

So, Kerry released his military records. Maybe.

The left is saying, See, Kerry released is records and nothing is there.

The right is saying, It's no wonder he didn't release the records during the election-- exposing that his GPA was worse than Bush's would have been terrible for his campaign.

But there may be far more to the story. In today's Chicago Sun Times, Thomas Lipscomb credibly questions whether Kerry really released all his records.

Meanwhile, the Columbia Journalism Review's Thomas Lang seems mortified that various news organizations led with the most newsworthy part of the story:
The Globe, however, thought something in the records deserved front-page coverage. That would be: "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." (Italics Ours.) And, sure enough, all day yesterday the Web sites of CNN, Fox News, and other outlets fronted the story on Kerry's college grades. And the AP story, which many of the sites published, made no mention at all of the other information found -- or, more accurately not found -- in Kerry's records.