Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Kerry lied! Stop the presses! Stop the nomination! 

Bring back Howard Dean! Rove knows he can beat him!

Oops! Never mind...

Kerry never bragged about "foreign leaders"

by kos
Tue Mar 16th, 2004 at 01:19:39 GMT

Well, well...Kerry never talked about "foreign leaders" supporting him. Drudge has the mea culpa email from the pool reporter who wrote the original piece:


KERRY: "I've been hearing it, I'll tell ya. The news, the coverage in other countries, the news in other places. I've met more leaders who can't go out and say it all publicly, but boy they look at you and say, you gotta win this, you gotta beat this guy, we need a new policy, things like that. So there is enormous energy out there. Tell them, whereever they can find an American abroad, they can contribute," a reference to donations, prompting laughter from the crowd.

Transcribing on the bus in Florida, and again on the plane ride to Tampa, I heard "foreign leaders" rather than "more leaders." Listening to the audio recorder now, in the quiet of my house, I hear "more leaders" and I am certian that "more leaders" is what Senator Kerry said. I am very sorry for this screw-up, and please feel free to hold me accountable to your editors and higher-ups.

Patrick Healy, political reporter, The Boston Globe

So what did Kerry mean by "more leaders"? Who cares? It was all a stupid issue anyway, and this should defuse it.

In 2000, this would never be defused. But this isn't 2000 any more.

p.s. That email took balls to write. Kudos to Patrick Healy.

We need more of that--people, politicians, bloggers AND reporters, who can admit they made a mistake, own up to it, and fix it. Only THEN can you "move on"...


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