Thursday, September 02, 2004

"Regurgitating old controversies" 

Austin Wolfe writes:

It looks like the Barnes story is finally about to take off. Salon reports that "Barnes has already sat down for a '60 Minutes' interview that will air a week from Sunday."

Throughout his political career Bush has adamantly denied that he got a Guard pilot spot through preferential treatment. That, despite the fact Bush was jumped ahead of a nationwide waiting list of 100,000 Guard applicants, while achieving the lowest possible passing grade on his pilot aptitude test for would-be fliers, and listing 'none' as his background qualifications.

Barnes, once a rising star in Texas politics, insists strings were pulled on Bush's behalf, and he helped pull them. Speaking to Kerry supporters in Austin, Texas, in May, he said, 'I got a young man named George W. Bush into the Texas National Guard' ... Recalling a recent visit to the Vietnam Memorial, Barnes added, 'I looked at the names of the people that died in Vietnam, and I became more ashamed of myself than I have ever been, because it was the worst thing I ever did, was help a lot of wealthy supporters and a lot of people who had family names of importance get into the National Guard. And I'm very sorry about that, and I'm very ashamed.'

Although Barnes' comments were made in May, they only became widely circulated last Friday. Even in light of the Liars for Truth smear campaign, a Washington Post reporter "suggested Barnes' comments didn't qualify as 'fresh information,' and consequently he wasn't interested in 'simply regurgitating old controversies." Liberal bias, indeed.


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