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February 13, 2004

Conservatives have begun (continued?) to bash away at John Kerry in the oddest of ways: trying to connect him to Jane Fonda. I'm sure that plenty of you don't understand why they'd do that, and that's why I think that this tactic is destined to fail.

During the Vietnam (Indochina) war(s), actress Jane Fonda was a vocal opponent of the US invasion, and in her most outrageous action, she visited North Vietnam in 1972 and spoke out against the US and in favor of the North Vietnamese cause. She has since publicly apologized several times, maybe sincerely, maybe not, I don't know. It seems to me that the public considered her a traitor or an idiot.

But modern anger against her runs deep (if not that wide). Whenever I would take my mother to a doctor's appointment, there was always an aging, faded Buick in the parking lot with matching front and back bumper stickers that read: I'm Not Fonda Hanoi Jane. And I kid you not, just this morning as I drove around thinking about this issue, I saw a pick-up truck with the bumper sticker: Boycott Jane Fonda - American Traitor Bitch.

Conservatives have found a and spread a photograph of an 1970 anti-war rally featuring Jane Fonda in the foreground, with someone who is probably John Kerry about three or four rows behind her and off to one side.

See, see! John Kerry's a traitor just like Jane Fonda.

Taking it one step further, they're also distributing a fake, photoshopped picture of Fonda and Kerry sharing a podium together, allegedly at an anti-war rally. As that link shows, the photo was doctored, taken from a solo shot of Kerry at a podium, and with a photo of Fonda pasted in.

Sigh. A lot of people are going to be taken in by that.

The point is to highlight John Kerry's opposition to the Vietnam war after he returned from duty there, in an attempt to counter his "military cred."

One problem with the specific strategy: people my age and younger think of Jane Fonda as that 80s workout video chick, not as some traitor from the Age of Aquarius. We're likely to think that Kerry and Fonda are speaking out at some sort of protest about aerobics or something, leaving said military cred intact.

The other Kerry attack is a fairly unsubstantiated report from King of the Rumormongers Matt Drudge, which claims that Kerry had an affair. Maybe that story has some backing, maybe not, maybe it'll take off, maybe it won't, but I do appreciate this article pre-empitvely mocking journalists who might choose to pretend that this rumor is an important story.

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You might also check out this article, which lists past distortions made by Drudge:
http://www.whoslying.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=348&Itemid=1

Also, this one shows how Drudge is being no more truthful with his latest "intern" story: http://www.whoslying.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=424&Itemid=26

Posted by: Memekiller at February 15, 2004 11:09 AM

Kerry and Hanoi Jane, meed we say any more?

Posted by: at February 15, 2004 03:56 PM

Kerry and Fonda? Perhaps you're referring to this:

http://www.whoslying.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=431&Itemid=27

Posted by: Memekiller at February 15, 2004 07:29 PM

You can also find discussion from people trying to get the bumper sticker here: http://knossos.shu.edu/HyperNewsV/get/vp/protest/7/8.html

Posted by: Arcterex at February 16, 2004 10:57 AM

Quote from above: "Kerry and Hanoi Jane, meed we say any more?"

Answer: Yes (Duh!)

The problem most Vietnam vets (and Vietnam Vet wannabes ... yep. There are some) have with Jane Fonda is mostly fueled by a photo-op the North Vietnamese took of her visit to Hanoi. They had her sit in the seat of an anti-aircraft gun that had been used to shoot down American pilots. Really, really, really dumb (and in my opion wrong).

But, if I am an anti-abortion advocate and you are an anti-abortion advocate and we are at the same rally, and you happen to be an idiot, that does not make me an idiot. It only makes you an idiot.

Posted by: Woody at February 17, 2004 06:40 AM

The photo of Kerry and Fonda is a doctored phoney. The original was taken by Ken Light, Fonda is no where near the photo. This is a bunch of crapt that is being spread.

Posted by: Ed Gant at February 17, 2004 09:02 AM

The photo of Kerry and Fonda is a doctored phoney. The original was taken by Ken Light, Fonda is no where near the photo. This is a bunch of crapt that is being spread.

Posted by: Ed Gant at February 17, 2004 09:02 AM

The photo of Kerry and Fonda is a doctored phoney. The original was taken by Ken Light, Fonda is no where near the photo. This is a bunch of crapt that is being spread.

Posted by: Ed Gant at February 17, 2004 09:02 AM

The photo of Kerry and Fonda is a doctored phoney. The original was taken by Ken Light, Fonda is no where near the photo. This is a bunch of crapt that is being spread.

Posted by: Ed Gant at February 17, 2004 09:02 AM

Who cares? Fonda went and married Ted Turner, former boat racer, media mogol, and raconteur. So?

Kerry went and married somebody with money. So? Bush went and got a Harvard MBA. So?

The economy stinks, and we still are not being told the truth about Iraq.

Find me five people who will say the Viet Nam war was a good idea. Is there a domino theory about Iraq? Once Iraq is conquored and occupied, Iran will be easy, and soon there will be American SUVs lined up right at the well-heads in Saudi Arabia? It looks as if dominos falling over is only a problem if you don't like the guy pushing them over.

The point is what are we doing. What will we be doing? Is it short-term or long-term thinking? Who took the money, who took the money away, as David Byrne sang. Enjoy your MacJob. Get a degree in computer science, if you intend to move to Mumbai.

The American Prospect link was a good one. The Haiti question is fair. What is going on? What, if any American interest is there in Haiti, that could justify interference in Haitian affairs? Why is established media interest so superficial about Haiti, and almost all else? Chomsky's point has been that even when the information is there one must read between the lines.

Anything in the election year detracting from questions of Muslim-related long and short term US foreign policy; the economy and wealth distribution, in the US and world wide; and plans and proposals for domestic policy, should be regarded as non-news. Jane ain't news. End of story.

Posted by: heisenberg at February 18, 2004 10:41 AM
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