Navy Won’t Investigate Kerry Medals

Boy, the Telegraph sure screwed up its report on this one: The U.S. Navy has rejected a legal watchdog group's request to open an investigation into military awards given to Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry during the Vietnam War, saying his medals were properly approved.

“Our examination found that existing documentation regarding the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart medals indicates the awards approval process was properly followed,” the Navy's inspector general, Vice Admiral Ronald Route, said in a memo written to Navy Secretary Gordon England.

“In particular, the senior officers who awarded the medals were properly delegated authority to do so. In addition we found that they correctly followed the procedures in place at the time for approving these awards.”

In rejecting the request for an investigation made by Judicial Watch last month, Route said that “conducting any additional review regarding events that took place over thirty years ago would not be productive.”

That's for sure.

Update: More of the same from AP.

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4 Responses to Navy Won’t Investigate Kerry Medals

  1. Jonathan says:

    Something to keep in mind the next time the Telegraph reports something, no?

    I consider this an abject lesson in actual journalistic malfeasance. Even as wingnuts attack CBS, their own “media” outlets (The UK Telegraph, Fox News, Drudge, the American Spectator, etc.) give us daily examples of shoddy reporting and rumormongering.

  2. Michael says:

    An old lesson, which is why I started the earlier item with

    According to the UK’s Daily Telegraph — not the world’s most reliable news source for US news, and a good place for right-wing planted stories

  3. Jonathan says:

    Exactly. I didn’t intend the previous post to be snarky — at least towards you. It’s good for everyone to keep in mind that right-wing media outlets are extremely poor sources for accurate information.

  4. Brett Bellmore says:

    Just leave it as “media outlets”, and that would be a fair statement.

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