The Blogosphere Vs. The Mainstream Media On Kerry’s Self Inflicted Purple Heart

From Right Wing News on May 5th, 2004….

“After first pointing out that Kerry claimed that he was hit by enemy fire, but actually appeared to have accidentally wounded himself by firing a mortar round at some nearby rocks…

“What I saw was a small piece of metal sticking very superficially in the skin of Kerry’s arm. The metal fragment measured about 1 cm. in length and was about 2 or 3 mm in diameter. It certainly did not look like a round from a rifle.

I simply removed the piece of metal by lifting it out of the skin with forceps. I doubt that it penetrated more than 3 or 4 mm. It did not require probing to find it, did not require any anesthesia to remove it, and did not require any sutures to close the wound.

The wound was covered with a bandaid.”

On August 19th, 2004 Chris Matthews & Jim Lehrer still seemed to be unaware that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth are even claiming that Kerry’s first Purple Heart is the result of an unintentionally self-inflicted wound.

Now today, according to Fox News, the Kerry campaign is admitting that John Kerry’s first Purple Heart may have resulted from a self-inflicted wound…

“And questions keep coming. For example, Kerry received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered on December 2nd, 1968. But an entry in Kerry’s own journal written nine days later, he writes that, quote, he and his crew hadn’t been shot at yet, unquote. Kerry’s campaign has said it is possible his first Purple Heart was awarded for an unintentionally self-inflicted wound.”

The blogosphere — beating the mainstream media to the story by more than 3 1/2 months!

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