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"Under New Management"

Will no one hold Ted Kennedy accountable for his slander of the U.S. military?

12:00 AM, May 13, 2004 • By HUGH HEWITT
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ON MONDAY, Ted Kennedy took to the floor of the United States Senate and made this statement: "Shamefully we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management."

Kennedy, of course, is the alter ego of John Kerry, and is his principal backer and original sherpa to power in Washington. When Kerry's campaign was foundering, Kennedy dispatched his own chief-of-staff, Mary Beth Cahill, to stabilize and reorganize it. Kennedy has spared no effort on Kerry's behalf because Kerry is Kennedy's last chance for power on the national stage.

Given Kennedy's closeness to Kerry and his inevitable prominence in a Kerry administration, it was surprising that of the country's major newspapers, only the New York Post quoted the senior senator's descent into near-madness in Monday's speech. Last week, Los Angeles Times editor John Carroll lectured the rest of the media on the dangers of pseudo-journalism , but what is pseudo-journalism if not the protection of a major American figure from himself?

The inability to distinguish between categories of evil is evidence of the inability to distinguish between evil and good. That Ted Kennedy lacks such capacity does not surprise. What does surprise is that Kennedy's colleagues have not condemned his slander of the American military. He is equating the suffering of millions and the deaths of hundreds of thousands under Saddam, with the actions of a handful of rogue soldiers.

Where are John Carroll's "journalists?" Has even one of them gone to Kennedy to tease out the outlines of his comparison for the public to understand? Has the Washington bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times made calls for comment from other leaders of the Democratic party? Or have newsroom cheerleaders not even noticed Kennedy's excess because they found nothing in it to be objectionable?

The barbaric execution of Nick Berg reminds us of the difference between Saddam's hundreds of thousands of butchers and America's score of rogues.

Hugh Hewitt is the host of The Hugh Hewitt Show, a nationally syndicated radio talkshow, and a contributing writer to The Daily Standard. His new book, In, But Not Of, has just been published by Thomas Nelson.