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Here is what Keith said in a discussion of the CBS report:
OLBERMANN: To some degree, do you think CBS got caught in this here because they had otherwise played within the journalistic rules? I mean if you look at the swift boat ads last summer, full of distortions, some demonstrably untrue content in there. Yet they were run as gospel by many news outlets, even though they were by definition designed to influence the election. But youâ€˜re not going to see Fox News appointing an independent investigation into its own journalistic ethics or lack there of over those ads.Now let's look at how Fox News' premiere broadcast handled the Swift Boat controversy:
[CHRIS] WALLACE [to Van Odell of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth]: But here's a man who says John Kerry has not been honest about what happened in Vietnam, and in '96 he said he acted courageously.And here's how the eeevil O'Reilly handled it:
Let me show you a statement by another one of your members, Adrian Lonsdale. Let's take a look at what he says now in one of your ads and what he said in 1996. Here it is.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ADRIAN LONSDALE, SWIFT BOAT VETERANS FOR TRUTH: He lacks the capacity to lead.
It was mainly won because of the bravado and the courage of the young officers that ran the boats, the swift boats and the Coast Guard cutters. And Senator Kerry was no exception. He was among the finest of those swift boat drivers.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
WALLACE: Again, here's a man who now lacks the capacity to lead, according to Mr. Lonsdale, but back in 1996 showed courage, bravado and was one of the finest swift boat drivers.[...]
WALLACE: How do you explain these 180-degree contradictions in what these two men are saying now and what they said eight years ago?[...]
WALLACE: But wait a minute. Another member of your group, Larry Thurlow, who was also in that same action, also received a Bronze Star, and his citation also says there was enemy fire.
I want to show you something else. These are the after-action reports from March 1969. These are the reports of the action. These did not come from an individual person. They talk about -- and let's take a look at it.
They say that the boats received heavy A.W. -- automatic weapons -- and S.A. -- small arms -- from both banks. And they say that all of your boats sustained battle damage, including Thurlow's boat and Kerry's boat.
These are the documents.
ODELL: I've seen them. And these were written from Kerry's spot reports.
But I want to tell you this: There was no damage. The damage that was reported on Thurlow's boat, and the damage that was reported on the 94 boat, which were windows blown out, that happened the day before in an ambush on March the 12th.
I can tell you this. I mean, I was up at the highest point. I could see all around. I could see what was going on. I fired a few hundred rounds when the mine first went off. And after that we quit firing because -- and then we spent an hour in the kill zone, and nobody was shot or wounded.
WALLACE: Wait a minute. I mean, I've got here the recommendation that was written in real-time, 10 days after, to recommend a Bronze Star for John Kerry; also the one that was written for Larry Thurlow. I've got the after-action reports.
Do you have a single document, a single piece of evidence from 1969 that shows that John Kerry made up this story?
ODELL: Well, I have the fact that I wasn't wounded in that 5,000 meters of fire that he wrote about in here. I do not have a single document. But these came from spot reports...
WALLACE: The answer is no, you do not have a single document.
ODELL: No, I do not.
WALLACE: There's not a single document from 1969 to prove your story.
ODELL: Just seven eyewitness accounts.
WALLACE: From 35 years after the fact.
"Talking Points" believes the personal attacks on both John Kerry and President Bush are wrong. I agree with Mr. Bush that Kerry's Vietnam service was noble. And I believe that the president and the senator are both patriots.[...]O'Reilly did an independent investigation of his own and came to much the same conclusion as the Post.
The truth about the swift boat deal is this. Many Americans don't want to know the truth. They just want their ideology reinforced on both sides. The Washington Post has done the best reporting on the issue. And its conclusion is we'll never know the truth about Kerry's service. Too many conflicting reports. And it doesn't matter anyway. He volunteered for combat. He got his medals. That's the record.