Thursday :: Feb 12, 2004

Rove Starts The Misdirection Ploy With Kerry Infidelity Rumor

by Steve

OK, I know I shouldn’t do this, because it only amounts to chasing a pitch in the dirt. But in the interest of full disclosure here, let’s play along for a couple of minutes on the report posted by Drudge of all people this morning that the media is chasing down a story about John Kerry and infidelity.

Our friend Drudge says, in his usual breathless fashion:

Intrigue surrounds a woman who recently fled the country, reportedly at the prodding of Kerry, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

A serious investigation of the woman and the nature of her relationship with Sen. John Kerry has been underway at TIME magazine, ABC NEWS, the WASHINGTON POST, THE HILL and the ASSOCIATED PRESS, where the woman in question once worked.

A close friend of the woman first approached a reporter late last year claiming fantastic stories -- stories that now threaten to turn the race for the presidency on its head!

In an off-the-record conversation with a dozen reporters earlier this week, General Wesley Clark plainly stated: "Kerry will implode over an intern issue." [Three reporters in attendance confirm Clark made the startling comments.]

The Kerry commotion is why Howard Dean has turned increasingly aggressive against Kerry in recent days, and is the key reason why Dean reversed his decision to drop out of the race after Wisconsin, top campaign sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

As usual, Drudge doesn’t name any of the three reporters who confirmed that Clark made the charge.

Now let’s train some light on this smear. First, this is the time-honored practice by Rove and the GOP smear machine to leak or plant a story with right-wing sycophants like Drudge and play it up until the mainstream media puts some resources into checking it out. So this fits the pattern of a desperate misdirection ploy by the White House to get the media off the National Guard story for a while.

Second, Editor and Publisher did contact both the AP and the Washington Post, and got a “no comment” from the AP, and a denial more or less from Post Executive Editor Len Downie, who has spent the better part of three years giving Bush a free ride.

And a Google search for “John Kerry and infidelity” doesn’t exactly generate a tidal wave of hits. But it is true that there were rumors of Kerry having an affair or two while he was separated from his first wife in the 1980's. So there's no secrets there, and Doug Brinkley in his just-released book on Kerry reports on this. Besides, does anyone think that Teresa Heinz-Kerry wouldn't have the resources herself to find out about this?

And lastly, If Clark was so convinced that Kerry had an “intern problem”, then why did he drop out of the race anyway, instead of hanging around to see if the media would take Kerry down? Better yet, if Clark was so convinced of Kerry’s eventual downfall due to the infidelity, then why is he endorsing him?

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