Bush was AWOL
"Lt. Bush has not been observed at this unit during the period of the report."
I don't know if the correct term is deserter or AWOL but the facts are as follows. George W. Bush did not show up for his second year of National Guard duty. He just wasn't there. He didn't show up. No one saw him. Salon.com has the goods on Bush and on the media who covered for him.
Why the Press Went After Dean
Howard Dean went from being the toast of the town to being spoken of in the past tense because he was honest. In a December 1st appearance on Hardball he said, "We're going to break up the giant media enterprises." That was the end of him. Suddenly the media went from mistrusting him to calling him crazy. Read about it here.
Of course, no one else will repeat the same mistake. The message is clear. Toe the line or be destroyed. I started out being sceptical that the democratic party had the ability to beat Bush. I began to have hope when I saw a candidate who wasn't afraid to take on the right wing. Dean isn't very liberal, he is pretty much a middle of the road democrat. But now that we live under right wing, one party rule everyone else looks like a leftist.
I want to see a Democrat sworn in as president next January. I think that any of the candidates who remain can win, but the pro-republican media tilt may be impossible to beat. We have already seen Peter Jennings use Michael Moore to get to Wesley Clark. If someone with a chest full of ribbons can be smeared by a so-called journalist who wants to protect someone who was AWOL, then Kerry's Vietnam experience won't help him much. The press have already accused Kerry of using botox and they will find something else. According to our media masters Bush can do no wrong and a democrat can do no right. I don't know who can fight that.