NBC News edited out a comment by Sen. John Kerry about his military records not being public after including it in a previous version of an interview.
As noted by the blog Powerline, in an interview with NBC’s Tom Brokaw last week on MSNBC, the following exchange occurred:
Brokaw: Someone has analyzed the president’s military aptitude tests and yours, and concluded that he has a higher IQ than you do.
Kerry: That’s great. More power. I don’t know how they’ve done it, because my record is not public. So I don’t know where you’re getting that from.
A transcript of the version of the interview that appeared on “Dateline,” however, does not include the reference to Kerry’s records being secret. The senator’s response to the question in the edited broadcast is: “That’s great. More power. I don’t know how they’ve done it.”
Kerry has not authorized the public release of all his military records, which has prompted widespread speculation about what he might be hiding.
As WorldNetDaily reported, William Middendorf, former secretary of the Navy, is urging Kerry to open up his personnel files to resolve the question of whether the Democratic presidential nominee received a less-than-honorable discharge from the Navy.
Others point to unresolved issues regarding Kerry’s medals and Vietnam service, saying an open record would settle many of the questions that have been raised by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and others.