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Cross-in-the-Dirt Watch

Yesterday, I talked to Bud Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who was in a POW cell with John McCain in Vietnam. At the end of our conversation, I asked him about the cross-in-the-dirt controversy. He said he hadn’t heard of any controversy. So I asked: When was the first time you heard McCain tell this story? His response: “I heard that story in 1970, 1971–back in that time frame. Anybody who says it’s not true is full of…” Here he used some salty language.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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