Brock's Knock: A Crock

Media Matters takes the occasion of an appearance on Fox & Friends to take a shot at David Bossie's new book. They missed.

You know that they are getting reckless over at Media Matters when they call an author "discredited". (David Brock wrote the book on that.) Be that as it may, they have the claws out for David Bossie's book on John Kerry. For some reason, they don't just discuss the book. No, they bring up his appearance on Fox & Friends and then ignore what he said on the program and proceed to...discuss the book! Well, if Media Matters cares enough to drag a gratuitous and irrelevant mention of FNC into their "report", we will return the favor and fact-check their analysis here.

Bossie wrote:
Kerry campaign head Mary Beth Cahill made fund-raising pitches urging Kerry supporters to send money as a sign of support for her boss's demand that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resign over the scandal.

Media Matters rebuts:
According to an analysis by Media Matters for America, the book's very first assertion of fact--three paragraphs into the book's introduction--is a lie, as indicated by the very source Bossie cited...
The endnotes of The Many Faces of John Kerry reveal that Bossie based this claim on the May 10 edition of's "Morning Grind" column; that column, however, specifically stated that Gillespie was "a little off base," because Cahill's letter "didn't mention money."

Does it occur to anyone that the wording "Cahill's letter didn't mention money" sounds a tad Clintonesque? Like maybe there's more to this than meets the eye? Fortunately, there was a far more comprehensive report on this kerfuffle that fills in the details CNN just couldn't find room for in their column:
In her e-mail yesterday, Ms. Cahill thanked supporters for their "amazing" response to her Friday e-mail in which she called for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's resignation and asked for campaign contributions. Both e-mails included links for signing a petition calling for Mr. Rumsfeld's removal and for raising campaign money. The "Donate now!" icon leads to a donation form allowing supporters to use a credit card to contribute online.

Ah, does the wording become clear? "The letter didn't mention money." That's because the "Donate Now!" icon was part of the email, but somehow still not part of the "letter". You can read the Media Matters "analysis" from top to bottom, you can scour it with a magnifying glass, but you will find no mention of the "Donate Now!" icon. One of those things that make you go hmmmmmm....

So who's the fabricator? David Bossie, or Media Matters for calling him a liar?

posted: Tue - July 20, 2004 at 01:36 AM       j$p  send