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Campaign 2004 / Bush vs. Kerry / Kerry's Military Record / Analysis & Discussion #763348

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 24, 2004
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Philadelphia: Joe Johns) The presidential election campaigning by Senator John Kerry amidst the Swift boat controversy over his Vietnam war record featured; details given of charges from the Kerry camp that "Unfit for Command" co-author John O'Neill lied about being in Cambodia {1971 O'Neill audiotape played}. [KERRY - talks about the economy; comments on the tactics of fear & smear by the Bush campaign & its allies.] [In Philadelphia, KERRY - talks about his war record.] The Kerry campaign's stance on this war issue & what O'Neill said in the interviews now & in the past discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Washington: Howard Kurtz) The media's role in serving as a megaphone in the Swift boat story examined; Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ad & several CNN & network debates on the issue shown; details given of lengthy newspaper accounts poking holes in the claims of the Swift boat veterans.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) A "Brown Table" discussion about the Swift boat controversy presented. [From Washington, "Wall Street Journal"'s John HARWOOD - comments on the misleading dimensions in this complex story; explains why the story is about over; comments on the timing of conservative Vice President Dick Cheney's announcement on the gay issue.] [Washingtonpost.com Terry NEAL†- comments on the difficulty in assessing the "shotgunned" charges against Kerry from the Swift boat critics; talks about Cheney's important political moment with his statement about gays.]

Brown, Aaron;
Johns, Joe;
Kurtz, Howard

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