Pentagon Loves Fridays

It's well-known that Saturday newspapers (and Friday night TV news) reach the fewest people, so the best time to release bad news is not-first-thing on a Friday. (Extra credit for after 4pm, which may be too late for many papers.)

What an incredible coincidence: every time — and there are lots of times — that the Pentagon has released Bush military service documents since the date he said they were already all released…it's been on a Friday!

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4 Responses to Pentagon Loves Fridays

  1. cw says:

    If it’s any consolation, companies do this with bad news all the time, but the evidence suggests it doesn’t work. Finance researchers have found the new information doesn’t hit the stock price as quickly the following Monday, but within a few weeks the reaction to bad news is no different whether the info was released Friday or any other day.

  2. CalculatedRisk says:

    Review Finds More Bush Military Records
    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20041015/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_guard_records

    WASHINGTON – Weeks after Texas National Guard officials signed an oath swearing they had turned over all of President Bush (news – web sites)’s military records, independent examiners found more than two dozen pages of previously unreleased documents about Bush.

    The two retired Army lawyers went through Texas files under an agreement between the Texas Guard and The Associated Press, which sued to gain access to the files. The 31 pages of documents turned over to AP Thursday night include orders for high-altitude training in 1972, less than three months before Bush abruptly quit flying as a fighter pilot.

    The discovery is the latest in a series of embarrassments for Pentagon (news – web sites) and Texas National Guard officials who have repeatedly said they found and released all of Bush’s Vietnam-era military files, only to belatedly discover more records. Those discoveries — nearly 100 pages, including Bush’s pay records and flight logs — have been the result of freedom of information lawsuits filed in federal and Texas courts by AP.

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  3. what is important in this release of documents is what is not there….the active duty order for the four days that Bush was a “co-pilot” in a training jet in March 1973.

    That, and the fact that the article says that TXANG officials had signed affidavits swearing they had already been through these records….

  4. Mojo says:

    paul lukasiak; You know the intracacies of Bush’s records pretty well. Why is he still listed as Primary and Duty AFSC of 1125D for all his duty in 1973? If he was approved to quit flying back in the Summer of ’72, shouldn’t his AFSC have changed? They quit listing him with an aero rating of pilot, but left the AFSC the same. Also, how could he stay in that unit when the position he was filling was a pilot slot? There is paperwork allowing him to fill a 1LT slot when he first came in as a 2LT (pretty routine), but none for this and it’s much more significant. It seems that it would leave the unit short on pilots. What am I missing here?

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