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September 15, 2004

Memogate in European Press?

If you rely on just European news sources for your news, you still wouldn't know about Rathergate by now.

For example, as of this moment a headline search on this site that collects the headlines of major Belgian, Dutch, British and French newspapers for the words Bush AND memo returns just one story... from CNN!

Even the BBC has nothing yet... The top result is a story from September 9th about the discovery of "new memo's" about Bush's National Guard service.

And then people are surprised the world votes for Kerry...

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Comments

Brock

The Times of London mentioned it yesterday in a leading article (OK, not a news article, but):
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,171-1261139,00.html

Joseph P. Hillenburg

Pretty silly. Irresponsible, even.

Banagor

Ah yes, and the Euros accuse us Americans of being ethnocentric in our news services and never focusing on important foreign affairs.

Also, the Times mentions it at the end of a news story today

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,172-1262715,00.html

and surprisingly, the Guardian has a more detailed article today:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/comment/story/0,14259,1305261,00.html

G.J. Wolfswinkel

Yeah, noticed the same. I run a personal website, not really a blog, but decided to post a Dutch written piece on Rathergate, as no one of my coworkers or family seemed to know anything about it. Other major developments that didn't get the attention they deserved: the discovery of small quantities of WMD's in Iraq. The UN Oil for Food scandal. The Swiftvets for the Truth. The list goes on! Our media probably think it's better for us if we Europeans stay ignorant for another while..

Independent on Sunday (London)
September 12, 2004, Sunday
FOREIGN NEWS: FORGED' DOCUMENTS FAIL TO HALT BUSH SURGE

America's presidential campaign this weekend moved from the furious to the near farcical, amid a bitter "dirty tricks" controversy over the authenticity of 30-year-old documents dealing with George Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard.

The rumpus began with a CBS news report on Wednesday evening featuring hitherto unpublished memos purporting to be from Mr Bush's squadron commander of the day. They suggested that the well-connected future president was given special treatment in gaining a coveted slot in the guard in 1968 to avoid being sent to Vietnam, and generally benefitted from political pressure to have his guard performance assessments presented in the best possible light.

But within 24 hours the aged documents were being challenged - raising suspicions that CBS had fallen victim to a hoax by Bush supporters to discredit critics of the President's military record...

Naturally, The Independent suspects a vaste rightwing conspiracy pulled the wool over the Eye of Sauron at CBS...

Independent on Sunday (London)
September 12, 2004, Sunday
FOREIGN NEWS: FORGED' DOCUMENTS FAIL TO HALT BUSH SURGE

America's presidential campaign this weekend moved from the furious to the near farcical, amid a bitter "dirty tricks" controversy over the authenticity of 30-year-old documents dealing with George Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard.

The rumpus began with a CBS news report on Wednesday evening featuring hitherto unpublished memos purporting to be from Mr Bush's squadron commander of the day. They suggested that the well-connected future president was given special treatment in gaining a coveted slot in the guard in 1968 to avoid being sent to Vietnam, and generally benefitted from political pressure to have his guard performance assessments presented in the best possible light.

But within 24 hours the aged documents were being challenged - raising suspicions that CBS had fallen victim to a hoax by Bush supporters to discredit critics of the President's military record...

Jabba the Nutt

1. G. J. Wolfswinkel, please email a link to your webpage.
2. Millions, tens of millions of Americans have family relations with people from all over the world. My wife is Bavarian.
3. Additional millions of Americans have served in the Armed Forces stationed overseas. Not the best way to learn about a country, but you do get knowledge and exposure.
4. 40 or 50 million Americans are immigrants from every spot on the planet.
5. Conclusion: Americans have a hell of alot better information about the world than Euro want to admit.
6. I lived and worked in Leverkusen. I met people, who'd been to Cologne (about 15 miles away) once or twice in their lives. Germany's number one selling newspaper is Bild Zeitung. America has nothing comparable.

Jonathan

Maybe "EU" is so used to this kind of deceit that they are impervious?

Former Belgian

Have been following Rathergate quite closely on my blog for the past several days. So far the first piece on Rathergate/Memogate I saw in Dutch:

http://www.nrc.nl/dossiers/Amerikaanse_presidentsverkiezingen/artikel/1095310733769.html


The article is as full of haughty MSM disdain and smarmy pro-Kerry tone as you can expect, BTW, but at least the affair is mentioned. Of course who do they quote? Nicholas Jackoff, er, Kristof.

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