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"New Soldier", Old Smear

Reported by Nancy - October 11, 2004 -

One of the Smear Boat Liars' old allegations resurfaced this morning (10/11) on FNL, in the guise of a "new" report about a book that John Kerry wrote in 1971.

At 10:43am (EDT), Brigitte Quinn introduced a "fair & balanced" report about "The New Soldier", a book Kerry wrote in 1971, that "some Republicans" think has deliberately been made unavailable.

William LaJeunesse then dutifully proceeded to repeat the claims about "The New Soldier" -- which has been out of print for more than 30 years -- being deliberately bought up by the Kerry campaign so it wouldn't be available to the public, although a copy was recently sold on E-bay for $500. The "fair & balanced" part was, by FNL standards, covered by having 2 clips from an unidentified older white man saying how the Kerry campaign bought up all the copies of the book & that Kerry "slandered" vets in the book, & 2 clips of Susan Estrich [comment: being her usual ineffectual faux-liberal self] saying this is just an attempt to smear Kerry & anyway Kerry has publicly said he went too far.

LaJeunesse then noted that the "ghosts of Vietnam" aren't ready to be laid to rest, & Quinn agreed, with a sigh.

Comments: Of course the "ghosts of Vietnam" won't be laid to rest, until Fox stops giving the Smear Boat Liars a forum to repeat their lies. Let's just ignore the inconvenient facts (how could the Kerry campaign possibly buy up all extant copies of a book that's been out of print for 30 years? & doesn't E-bay qualify as "publicly available"?), but make sure to repeat that "Kerry slandered vets". I'm open for bets as to whether anyone making or repeating that allegation has actually read the book.

And isn't it curious how closely this language parallels LaJeunesse's "report":


Since its publication in 1971, John Kerry's book "The New Soldier" has acquired almost legendary status. Rumors abound of political operatives scrambling to locate and suppress stray copies during Kerry's House campaign in 1972. Copies now sell on Ebay for upwards of $500.Since its publication in 1971, John Kerry's book "The New Soldier" has acquired almost legendary status. Rumors abound of political operatives scrambling to locate and suppress stray copies during Kerry's House campaign in 1972. Copies now sell on Ebay for upwards of $500.

I found that particular paragraph at http://ice.he.net/~freepnet/kerry/index.php?topic=NewSoldier

I leave it to our readers to decide how trustworthy & responsible FNL's reporting was.