Most days, I’m content to just rant on Facebook. But I saw this “story” posted yesterday on The Book by a good friend of mine who is very intelligent, but a bit off-base with this, mostly because the evidence used in this “story” is from one of the slimiest and most fraudulent right-wing, lunatic-fringe “news sites” out there. The story, which links to an even worse one on wnd.com is infuriating on so many levels and a trenchant lesson in considering the source.
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First: WHO CARES. Who cares if John Kerry, a Vietnam vet in his 20s who led an anti-war group, traveled to Paris in 1970 and talked to the U.S. “enemy?” Isn’t that what someone against a war being led by a crooked commander-in-chief (who just happened to be secretly bombing the fuck out of Cambodia at the same time) is SUPPOSED to do? And what does that have to do with 47 Republican senators writing a letter to a nation, one so riddled by mistakes and stupidity that the Iranian foreign minister actually called them out on a few points of order? Answer: It doesn’t. Bringing up what Kerry or Pelosi or Tom Thumb or whoever did, are just red herrings designed to throw people off the scent of the shit of 47 scumwad militaristic senate members who don’t want to stop a war nearly as much as they want to support Israel starting a war.

Second: wnd.com—the source for what the Conservative Tribune uses as its main wedge to prove Kerry is a hypocrite, is shit. Pure and simple. The proof of Kerry being a mouthpiece for Communist propaganda comes from a 10-year hack job written a month before the 2004 presidential election–from the SAME GUY who co-wrote the Swift Boat book that might have played a decisive role in scuttling Kerry’s bid for the 2004 presidency. And what evidence does that hack job give? Well, here it is: Even today, we do not know how Kerry arranged the meeting, where it was held, how long it lasted, or” what precisely Kerry and Madame Binh discussed.”
Yet, lack of any actual information or fact doesn’t keep this “writer” from spewing a 1,000 article filled with unsubstantiated innuendo and flat-out bullshit. Nothing but his own opinion, and it’s not even a well-written opinion to begin with.
Any reasonable person can spend five minutes on wnd and so many others like it, and ascertain its agenda and purpose. It’s yet another spoke in the right-wing propaganda wheel, and I don’t mean right-wing like honest conservatives with intelligence (I hear they’re still out there; somewhere) but I mean the batshit-crazy paranoid lunatic fringe right-wing conservatives (generally the ones praying for every dire prophecy in the Book of Revelation to come true in no small part to give some measure of meaning to their sad, rabbit lives) who somehow missed a rather important chapter in Critical Thinking 101: that a responsible citizen isn’t just well-informed; they also have an obligation to make sure the sources they are choosing to be informed from are not pure crap.

For more 411 on what such a disgrace stew of shit WND is, the best thing is to just go to the site yourself. But these are some pretty good summations:

 

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