PBS, History Detectives, Wes Cowan, political views, answer from PBS
I watch a lot of public tv. I especially like the quality of NC public tv. When I watch a show, I do not wish to hear the political opinion or experience a political agenda unraveling, unless the show is about politics or the host has made it clear in the beginning. Yesterday, Saturday, February 23, 2008, I was watching History Detectives. Wes Cowan, one of the hosts, was narrating and mentioned that The Swift Boat Veterans had smeared the reputation of John Kerry and possibly cost him the election. This immediately caught my attention, because it is an outright lie. I know what a smear campaign is. We just experienced a smear campaign from the cowards and liars at the NY Times. They attempted to smear the character of a good man, John McCain, and it has backfired.
When the controversy about John Kerry surfaced again during his presidential bid, I decided to research the matter and bought the book. I also read independent material. Unlike the hypocrites at the NY Times, Kerry’s contempoaries and superiors brought the matter up years ago. One of the authors of the book, “Unfit for Command”, John O’Neill, faced John Kerry on the Dick Cavett Show in 1971. Enough evidence to send anyone to prison has been produced by numerous witnesses from all walks of life. I will let the quotes from the book speak. If you have any questions, I urge you to do the research.
“I do not believe John Kerry is fit to be commander in chief of the armed forces of the United States. This is not a political issue. It is a matter of his judgement, truthfulness, reliability, loyalty, and trust–all absolute tenets of command.”
Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffman, USN (retired), commander of the Swift Boats in Vietnam, 1968-1969
To really understand John Kerry, you have to listen to those who served with him in Vietnam.”
“When John Kerry got his third Purple Heart, we told him to leave. We knew how the system worked and we didn’t want him in CosDiv11. Kerry did’t decide to manipulate the system to go home after four months, we asked hin to go home.”
Thomas W Wright, USN (retired), Swift Boat Commander
Lt. Kerry returned home from the war to make some outrageous statements and allegations. Numerous criminal acts in violations of the law of war were cited by Kerry, disparaging those who had fought with honor in that conflict.”
Lt. Col. James Zumwalt, USMC (retired)
“Kerry’s turncoat performance in 1971 in his grubby shirt and his medal tossing escapade, coupled with his slanderous liesin the recent book portraying us that served, including all POWs and MIAs, as murderous war criminals, I believe, will have a lasting effect on all military veterans and their families.”
Captain Charles Plumly, USN (retired)
The book, “Unfit for Command”, is loaded with commentary and facts from those that served with Kerry. If you have any doubt, I strongly urge you to read it.
So, back to PBS, “History Detectives” and Wes Cowan. To state that the Swift Boat Veterans smeared Kerry’s reputation is obviously a lie. Is it the old saying, “birds of a feather flock together” i.e., “liars stick together.” Are we hearing from Kerry supporters that are also liars?
I demand an answer from PBS for the american public. Was this the work of a rogue writer. Wes Cowan, is this your work? Yes, we deserve an answer and objective tv programs. If the program has a political agenda, we should be notified.
And yes, make no mistake, the author of the statement proclaiming that the Swift Boat Veterans smeared John Kerry’s reputation is a liar. John Kerry alone, ruined his own reputation.
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