Wednesday, September 15, 2004

"Jersey Girls" Endorse Kerry

The Jersey Girls, the group of tri-state 9/11 widows that brought the administration to its knees demanding and getting a 9/11 commission despite the White House's strongest objections, have endorsed John Kerry for president.
Kristen Breitweiser, who said she voted for President Bush in 2000, and four other Sept. 11 widows endorsed Kerry at a Washington news conference yesterday, saying they had been bitterly disappointed with the war in Iraq and by the way the White House had "stonewalled" attempts to uncover why the country's intelligence services had failed before the terror attacks. "I am here because I am scared," said Breitweiser, of Middletown, N.J. The nation is not safer today, she contended.

The war with Iraq, said Lorie Van Auken, of East Brunswick, N.J., "has made America more vulnerable to attack, not less," adding, "Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11."

The five widows, and a sixth woman, April Gallop, who narrowly survived the attack on the Pentagon, indicated they would stump and do interviews to support Kerry. Kerry spokeswoman Debra DeShong said they might appear in television ads.

So where the hell is this in the news? It's the cover story on but it was buried on the site and is nowhere to be found on, which is truly amazing to me. CNN apparently reported it with a quick mention but will be having a pro-Bush 9/11 widow as a guest and it's nowhere on their website. Sometimes it just seems like the media doesn't want to admit it's wrong. Often, it's not about promoting one agenda over another, if a story calls into question a media outlet's own judgment, then they'll play that story down and they have certainly bought into the administration's "George Bush as fearless war president" characterization and this story flies in the face of it. Whose judgment on this issue can not be called into question? Non-partisan 9/11 widows. Yes, there are 9/11 widows who support George W. Bush. Bush gave 3 of them makeovers and put them on stage in New York. But this is one hell of a story as endorsements go, the press should get off its ass.


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