Patterico busts Kate Zernike of the Times for a flat out lie in her coverage of Kerry's botched joke and its comedic aftermath (Kerry's next quip: "They laughed when I said I wanted to tell a few jokes, but they're not laughing now"). The short version is this - Ms. Zernike buries the actual content of Kerry's "joke", then misrepresents it. Oh, dear.
But let's add this - Ms. Zernike was the Times reporter who prepared the absurd Times article last May telling the world that Kerry was preparing to resume the Swift Boat battles. A longer overview of the problems with Ms. Zernike's coverage is here; a specific, non-arguable, flat-out-wrong mistake is spelled out here.
For non-link clickers, the flat mistake is this - Ms. Zernike claims that Kerry won his first Purple Heart in a "hail of enemy fire"; actually, no one involved ever claimed that. However, Ms. Zernike did use the phrase "hail of enemy fire" in a 2004 story to describe Kerry's controversial Bronze Star incident. Hey, she got confused - that can happen even at the Paper of Record.
And who cares? The Times has never run a correction or even acknowledged my occasional (and polite!) emails. One might almost think that they just don't want to be bothered with the details of Kerry's various medals and various controversies.
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