I’ve written here in the past about Jules Crittenden’s propensity to tout the BushCo war is good mantra and twist John Kerry’s record. As a columnist for the Boston Herald, Crittenden’s ethics are in the toilet, putting it mildly. What is disturbing is that Crittenden has taken to the blogosphere in the past couple of months and he pushes his dishonest journalism through the right wing blogosphere through his blog. Case in point, today’s column in the Boston Herald and his coinciding blog post.
First, Crittenden fails to acknowledge in his blog post or column, that Condoleezza Rice never discouraged Kerry’s visit to Syria. As the third ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Crittenden fails to recognize that Kerry’s visit is justified and considering the State Department will send a representative to the meeting with Kerry (standard procedure), the Bush administration will actually garner important information from his visit, as they did with Senator Nelson’s recent visit. Kerry, contrary to Crittenden’s claim, is an “engaged foreign policy whiz.” Crittenden claiming otherwise, makes himself look uninformed and unfamiliar with the duties of a seated Senator. But, Crittenden is not a journalist, actually — he’s hack and shill for the Bush administration.
Second, Crittenden recycles base and unsubstantiated lies and right wing talking points about Kerry (Cambodia). Unsubstantiated lies and right wing talking points that have been proven ad nauseum to be untrue. Yet, the Boston Herald continues to print Crittenden’s tripe and then Crittenden uses his tripe to hype his own column on the right wing blogosphere.
Third, Crittenden does himself a dis-service as professional columnist by mocking a seated Senator of the United States by purposely misspelling his name, in the guise of repeating a tired joke about him. A joke taken out of context and perpetuated by the right wing Noise Machine, of which Crittenden is a member.
Considering the claims by so many right wing bloggers that Kerry is irrelevant, they all spend an awful lot of time giving him coverage on the blogosphere. Which leaves open the interpretation that Kerry is, as we all know, a huge threat to BushCo apologists in the blogosphere and the BushCo shills and hacks like Jules Crittenden.
James Boyce and Dave Johnson recently wrote a great piece about “The Right Wing’s Ongoing and successful Strategy of “SELL and SMEAR” which I noted here. Crittenden’s column today and subsequent blog post are prime examples of what Boyce and Johnson were talking about.