In an Op-Ed piece entitled “It’s Time to Get Tough,” Robert Kuttner rallies John Kerry’s supporters to the faltering campaign. He says “Five big things are wrong, and each can (belatedly) be fixed.” The piece is addressed to the major components of the Kerry campaign: the candidate himself (or “himselves”? he has taken enough different positions to qualify as plural), his campaign staff, and to the media, which Kuttner feels has not been sufficiently active on Kerry’s behalf:
Hostile Media. The press (with some heroic exceptions) continues to cut Bush and the right-wing smears a lot more slack than they cut Kerry. There is no offsetting left-wing Fox.
It has been raining up and down the East Coast, Florida has had hurricanes lining up at Disneyworld instead of tourists, but it’s nice in Chicago. I wonder what kind of weather they have on Kuttner’s planet?
Well, never mind. The Boston Globe rises to the challenge with a front-page Spotlight Team investigative article on – ready? – George Bush’s National Guard records. Wait, didn’t we cover this in 2000? The Globe has all the answers, including the one to that question:
The 1973 document has been overlooked in news media accounts. The 1968 document has received scant notice.
Oh. So this has actually been looked at, but we just didn’t pay enough attention at the time. So it’s still news. That must be why NPR decided to cover it again, too.
A Pulitzer Prize for Kitty Kelley? It’s a lock.