Since I started watching Calvin Woodward, I have thought a few times about dropping him and concentrating on Ms. Bumiller, who is always good for a laugh with her WH Letters. And the rest of the Times campaign crew is equally horrible so I wouldn't run out of material. Although Mr. Woodward can be counted on to reguritate whatever factesque narrative the corporate media is currently pushing, his columns are just enough behind the news to be a chore to read and the AP style he must be forced to use doesn't help on that score. But then he got the Plan of Attack scoop and I'm not a quitter so I hung on. But now it looks like Mr. Woodward can be credited with restarting a smear of a "news story" that hadn't been around since Nixon tried it on John Kerry back in the day. Where did Kerry sleep during the big protest on the Mall??
Roger Ailes, the non-evil one, has the Kaus story. And when he describes Kaus as "hate-filled", he hits the nail on the head. The sarcasm in the story is surprising even for Kaus. Fans of Mr. Woodward though, who's a gentleman of the first order in comparison to Kaus, remember that he trotted out this tired non-story in January during one of his fact checks of the DemCan debates.
John Kerry, a Vietnam veteran who addressed his days as a protest leader against that war, talked about how ``we camped on the Mall underneath the Congress,'' although accounts of that April 1971 demonstration had him staying in a friend's Georgetown town house while the masses stayed in tents.
Kerry spokesman David DiMartino said Kerry did sleep on the Mall and used the Georgetown house for protest organizing during the day.
I didn't know at the time that Mr. Woodward was recycling the trash from thirty years ago. And now Kaus is recycling that. He must be so proud.