The Globe went out of its way to make the “Killian memo” available to everyone. It participated in the debate about the memo’s authenticity (albeit on the wrong side.) The open exchange of information helped ferret out the truth - that the memos were cheap forgeries cooked up by Bush-hating Democrats.
Why can’t The Globe be just as forthcoming with Kerry’s purportedly complete military records as it was with forged documents used to slander a sitting president in a time of war 50 days before an election?
The Boston Globe and The Los Angeles Times initially refused to confirm or deny that they had a copy, or had even seen a copy, of the Standard Form 180 (SF-180) by which Sen. John Kerry’s “complete” military records were released over the past several days. This threw serious doubt on whether either newspaper took sufficient reasonable care in evaluating the chain of transmission by which they received the Kerry documents.
In response to my story in the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday, the Managing Editor of the Boston Globe, Mary Jane Wilkinson, has now told Sun-Times editors that the Globe does indeed have a copy of Kerry’s Standard Form 180 used in delivering the documents to the Globe. That is reassuring, but it remains to be seen whether the Globe will release copies of the SF-180 in their possession, and that is important.
Serious consumers of news prefer to co-exist with the mainstream media using Ronald Reagan's maxim: Trust, but verify. This means readers and viewers want a gander at primary sources whenever practical. It also means that when a media organ says in effect, "Just trust me," the plea will have precisely the opposite effect of what's intended.
I had my own round up.