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In a look at how allergic the liberal media are to John Kerry’s 1971 Senate testimony, at least the infamous we-shot-civilians-and-cows-and-dogs-for-fun war-crimes passage, Brent Bozell relays our time on the Nexis playground today:

How many times have our most “reliable” hard news outlets passed along this passage of monstrous American evil that so inflames the veterans against John Kerry? A Nexis search reveals a list of some of the national outlets that had never relayed a quote of these words before the second Swift Vet ad was released: CBS, NBC, National Public Radio, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. Here are the major newspapers who’ve captured this testimony exactly once: The Washington Post and The New York Times, buried inside their papers on Saturdays in late February. ABC repeated one snippet of the paragraph, the “Genghis Khan” snippet, in four stories surrounding the anniversary of the testimony in April. Kerry said then: “I’m sorry that they’re offended by that, but that’s what happened.”

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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