Campaign To Debunk POW John McCain

I used to think like Bernard Goldberg, author of the book Bias, which exposed the liberal slant in the MSM. Goldberg's thesis was that the bias wasn't an orchestrated campaign, but that it was just inherent in MSM reporters...the way they were educated, the pack mentality, etc.

However, these days I'm more inclined to go with the Rush Limbaugh theory that the MSM has a very organized way of covering stories to building up and/or destroy certain people and movements. Case in point, I'm seeing a new reporting line on John McCain's time as POW in Vietnam. About a week ago, we heard from writer Gore Vidal:

Asked what he thinks of McCain, Vidal calls him a "disaster," then tells Deborah Solomon, "Who started this rumor that he was a war hero? Where does that come from, aside from himself? About his suffering in the prison war camp?"

Solomon replies: "Everyone knows he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam." To which Vidal responds: "That's what he tells us."

I didn't think much of this at the time. The old queen loves to throw out some light anti-Americanism whenever he gets the chance. It also gives us a quick reminder that he was once relevant...a very long time ago. Anyway, today, out of nowhere, I see this story from Vietnam about a former guard at the Hanoi Hilton:

Four decades ago, during the Vietnam war, Mr Duyet was in charge of the notorious Hoa Lo prison - the place where Mr McCain says he was brutally beaten and tortured during five-and-a-half years as an American prisoner of war.

"McCain is my friend," said 75-year-old Mr Duyet as he feeds the caged birds he now keeps in his garden in this coastal city.

"If I was American, I would vote for him."

Awww, how sweet! Well, keep reading:

"But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners."


So is Mr Duyet implying that that Senator McCain lied about his treatment at the Hanoi Hilton?

"He did not tell the truth," he says.

"But I can somehow sympathise with him. He lies to American voters in order to get their support for his presidential election."

But the BBC tries a little CYA:

But Mr Duyet's propaganda-perfect version of events is impossible to verify - and should be treated with caution in a country where the Communist authorities still keep a tight control over the media.

Oh yes, I'm sure the gang at Daily Kos and the Huffington Post will take that into consideration.

Welcome folks, to the beginning of the campaign to plant the seed of doubt in the electorate about John McCain's war hero status.