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April 11, 2005

NYT Exclusive: Kerry Campaign Theme "Fortunate Son" Not On Bush's iPod!

This from the very fair-and-balanced and certainly-not-a-liberal at all Elizabeth Bumiller.

In telling us what is actually on Bush's iPod (surprising and cool choice-- My Sharona) Bumiller feels the need to mention that CCR's Fortunate Son -- about, of course, the children of the rich avoiding service in Vietnam -- is not on Bush's iPod.

There are probably more than eighteen million songs that aren't on Bush's iPod.

Bumiller -- objective and nonpartisan and not slanting her stories in the least -- feels compelled to recall the AWOL nonstory in a puff-piece about iPod music choices:

As for an analysis of Mr. Bush's playlist, Mr. Levy of Rolling Stone started out with this: "One thing that's interesting is that the president likes artists who don't like him."

Mr. Levy was referring to Mr. Fogerty, who was part of the anti-Bush "Vote for Change" concert tour across the United States last fall. Mr. McKinnon, who once wrote songs for Kris Kristofferson's music publishing company, responded in an e-mail message that "if any president limited his music selection to pro-establishment musicians, it would be a pretty slim collection."

Nonetheless, Mr. McKinnon said that Mr. Bush had not gone so far as to include on his playlist "Fortunate Son," the angry anti-Vietnam war song about who has to go to war that Mr. Fogerty sang when he was with Creedence Clearwater Revival. ("I ain't no senator's son ... Some folks are born silver spoon in hand.") As the son of a two-term congressman and a United States Senate candidate, Mr. Bush won a coveted spot with the Texas Air National Guard to avoid combat in Vietnam.

This is one for her clip-book. It's pretty hard to work in a nasty partisan attack into a silly piece like this, but damn, did she manage it with aplomb.

And shamelessness.






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