1/ Let's recap: In 2004, Kerry was forced to admit significant details of his service in Vietnam weren't true -- Holiday in Cambodia etc.— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) October 6, 2016
3/ ...the more unsavory aspects of warfare.” Brinkley had to make changes to paperback ed. Commander starts working phones asking...— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) October 6, 2016
5/ ...received three Purple Hearts in less than four months in country without missing a single day of active duty due to his injuries, a...— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) October 6, 2016
6/ ...feat that is surely unprecedented. Organized opposition from Vietnam veterans had to be expected. Did Swift Vets get a bit over... 7/ ...their skis questioning the circumstances that earned Kerry Silver Star? Perhaps. But the allegations weren't crazy, and Kerry has a... 8/ ...demonstrable record of lying about his service. The Swift Vets making the allegations were not similarly untrustworthy.
9/ And today we have the editor of the New York Times citing the Swift Vets as “just false” in the process of wondering why Americans.. 10/ .
11/ don't trust the media in the Age of Trump. https://t.co/3gkxRV96dW The answer is that media orgs like the Times eroded all their...— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) October 6, 2016
12/ ...credibility trying to elect previous Democratic candidates by telling readers things were definitively false when readers damn... 13/ ...well knew otherwise. In fact, “Swift Vets” is now some sort of media pejorative, even though it's an Orwellian distortion of... 14/ ...the facts. It was only a matter of time before a mountebank such as Trump exploited this lack of trust. And it won't be the last,... 15/ ...unless the media clean up their act and try to make at least a good faith effort not to decide every election. Fin.
FYI, here's the fleshed-out version of yesterday's tweetstorm on Swift Boat Vets and media credibility. https://t.co/IOJWx20Fqn— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) October 7, 2016