FactCheck: Bush ad understated Kerry’s intel meeting attendance

Saw this link at Instapundit. This is quite revealing:

Bush Nails Kerry’s Poor Attendance at Intelligence Committee Hearings
Bush says Kerry missed 76% of public hearings. He could have missed even more.

A Bush-Cheney ’04 ad released Aug. 13 accuses Kerry of being absent for 76% of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s public hearings during the time he served there. The Kerry campaign calls the ad “misleading,” so we checked, and Bush is right.

Official records show Kerry not present for at least 76% of public hearings held during his eight years on the panel, and possibly 78% (the record of one hearing is ambiguous).

Kerry points out that most meetings of the Intelligence Committee are closed and attendance records of those meetings aren’t public, hinting that his attendance might have been better at the non-public proceedings. But Kerry could ask that his attendance records be made public, and hasn’t.

Aides also claimed repeatedly that Kerry had been vice chairman of the intelligence committee, but that was Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, not John Kerry.

Kerry often touts his eight years on the Senate Intelligence Committee as a prime qualification for office. The Bush ad takes that on, describing Kerry as a no-show for most of the committee’s public meetings. If anything, the ad understates Kerry’s lack of attendance.

Wow. I’m sure this will be front page news at the NYTimes tomorrow.