Another blow to the Old Media

Looks like the Washington Times Editorial Board is going to have to make an apology and resign in disgrace:

Matt Drudge and the Washington Times are discussing a Kerry appearance on Crossfire from 1997 for which we (PROBABLY!) have the transcript, and we smell a rat.

This was kicked around the blogosphere this spring – Disquietingly, I am not matching King’s quotes exactly, but the transcript seems to be here. [Transcript less incisive/annoying commentary here.]

HUGE CAVEAT – maybe King and Kerry came back for an encore appearance; the Wash Times quotes Kerry as saying, “We know that Iraq is a danger to the United States, and we reserve the right to take pre-emptive action whenever we feel it’s in our national interest”, but I can’t find anything exactly like that in this transcript. Hmm, could the Wash Times be quoting King paraphrasing Kerry? Weird, but possible – Kerry does say things that are similar to the quote above.

In favor of this transcript – from the Wash Times: “Mr. King says the U.N. Security Council had just adopted a resolution against Iraq that was watered down at the behest of the French and the Russians.

From the transcript: SEN. JOHN KERRY, (D), MASSACHUSETTS, FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE: Well, John, you’re correct that this resolution is less than we would have liked.

Wow. One can imagine the internal investigation, the anguish, the finger-pointing, the rending of garments over such a horrible fraud at the Washington Times.

Okay. We’re just kidding about that embarrassment part. I mean, c’mon, it’s the Moonie Times. Like Fox News, no one actually expects them to act like a real news organization. This is one of those roll your eyes, boys-will-be-boys moments before the right goes back to bitching about Dan Rather and CBS…

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