- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 21, 2004

A surprising review

” ‘Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal,’ the highly contested anti-Kerry documentary, should not be shown by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. It should be shown in its entirety on all the networks, cable stations and on public television,” New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley said yesterday in a review.

“This histrionic, often specious and deeply sad film does not do much more damage to Senator John Kerry’s reputation than have the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth’s negative ads, which have flooded television markets in almost every swing state. But it does help viewers better understand the rage fueling the unhappy band of brothers who oppose Mr. Kerry’s candidacy and his claim to heroism,” the reviewer said.

“Sinclair, the nation’s largest television station group, reaching about a quarter of United States television households, backed down this week and announced that it would use only excerpts from the 42-minute film as part of an hourlong news program about political use of the media, ‘A POW Story: Politics, Pressure and the Media.’ That’s too bad: What is most enlightening about this film is not the depiction of Mr. Kerry as a traitor; it is the testimony of the former POWs’ describing the torture they endured in captivity and the shock they felt when celebrities like Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden visited their prisons in North Vietnam and sided with the enemy.”

Clinton’s dream job

Former President Bill Clinton has set his sights on becoming United Nations’ secretary-general, United Press International reports.

A Clinton insider and a senior U.N. source told the wire service that the 58-year-old former president would like to be named leader of the world body when Kofi Annan’s term ends early in 2006.

“He definitely wants to do it,” the Clinton insider said this week.

“A Clinton candidacy is likely to receive overwhelming support from U.N. member states, particularly the Third World,” UPI chief international correspondent Roland Flamini said. “Diplomats in Washington say Clinton would galvanize the United Nations and give an enormous boost to its prestige. But the former president’s hopes hang on a crucial question that will not be addressed until after the presidential elections: Can he get the support of the U.S. government — a prerequisite for nomination? ”

No color code

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry says he would discontinue the color-coded terror alerts issued by the Department of Homeland Security and find “some more thoughtful way of alerting America,” according to an interview to be published today in Rolling Stone magazine.

“I think Americans, sadly, laugh at it,” Mr. Kerry said, referring to the alerts. “They don’t know what to do.”

Mr. Kerry said he felt “a sense of bitter disappointment” by the ads run by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that questioned his conduct and the medals he received as a naval lieutenant during the Vietnam War. But he insisted that he and others had dealt effectively with the ad controversy, despite widespread criticism that his campaign had been slow to respond.

“Look, when people hold up something that’s a complete and total lie, it takes a few days to show people and convince them. We did. They’ve been completely discredited,” Mr. Kerry said. “I was surprised that the media, even when they knew it was lies, continued to cover it and treat it as entertainment.”

Mr. Kerry, normally fit and athletic, said the lengthy presidential campaign has left him in the worst shape he has been in many years. And he lashed out at critics who made fun of his decision to windsurf during the Republican National Convention, saying, “It shows how pathetic and diversionary they are.”

Anti-Bush relatives

Six liberal relatives of President Bush have launched a Web site to publicize their support for Sen. John Kerry, the Boston Globe reports.

“The site, www.bushrelativesforkerry.com, consists of personal statements from a group of decidedly liberal second cousins of the president, none of whom knows him personally. All are grandchildren of Mary Bush House, the sister of Prescott Bush, a former U.S. senator from Connecticut and the father and grandfather of the two Bush presidents,” reporter Sandeep Kaushik writes.

“The introduction to the site opens with the slogan, ‘Because blood is [thinner] than oil! ‘ and states: ‘As the election approaches, we feel it is our responsibility to speak out about why we are voting for John Kerry, and to do our small part to help America heal from the sickness it has suffered since George Bush was appointed President in 2000. We invite you to read our stories, and please, don’t vote for our cousin!’

“Hilary House, 39, a third-year law student at the University of Washington, put together the site with the participation of three of her six siblings: Sheila House, Tracy Cannon, and Chris House. The four are children of Mary Bush’s son Francis House III, now deceased, who taught English at a prep school in Connecticut and was a first cousin of former president George H.W. Bush. Jeanny House and Henry Kimsey-House, two children of another of Mary’s sons, James House, also provided pro-Kerry testimonials.”

Apology unnecessary

Laura Bush said yesterday that Teresa Heinz Kerry didn’t need to apologize for saying she couldn’t remember whether the first lady had ever had “a real job.”

“She apologized, but she didn’t even really need to apologize,” Mrs. Bush told reporters at a coffee shop in New London, N.H., before attending a rally for President Bush. “I know how tough it is, and actually I know those trick questions.”

USA Today had asked Mrs. Kerry, the wife of Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry, if she would be different from Mrs. Bush as a first lady.

“Well, you know, I don’t know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good,” Mrs. Kerry said in the interview published Wednesday. “But I don’t know that she’s ever had a real job — I mean, since she’s been grown up. So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things.”

Mrs. Kerry later said she had forgotten that Mrs. Bush had worked as a teacher and librarian.

Soros vs. Moore

George Soros has denounced filmmaker Michael Moore as having used unethical and misleading tactics.

The left-wing billionaire made the remarks this week at the Tuesday Club in Harrisburg, Pa. He is on a nationwide tour calling for the defeat of President Bush.

In response to a question from Harrisburg Patriot-News reporter Peter DeCoursey about his fellow Bush-basher, Mr. Soros criticized the filmmaker for resorting to inaccuracies “to mislead the American people.”

He added, “I am not a fan of Michael Moore.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@washingtontimes.com.

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