The purpose of hatchet jobs, IMHO, is that the person is only a target worthy of exploration if he’s been putting himself about in an obstructionist way against the nation or is doing something to others in some nasty way.
Other than that, every one of us has our foibles, our past, the things we’d rather forget. It’s hypocritical to go the ‘holier-than-thou’ route, the Mary Whitehouse, but it’s fair game if they’ve gone out of their way to stymie the people for bad reasons, e.g. this Miller cow [Brexit], e.g. Blair, e.g. Branson, obviously Soros. Geldof though is just a silly person and doesn’t warrant it.
And so to an obstructionist in Washington:
On June 4, 1969, a U.S. wire service story headlined “PW Songbird Is Pilot Son of Admiral,” reported one of McCain’s radio broadcasts: “Hanoi has aired a broadcast in which the pilot son of the United States commander in the Pacific, Adm. John McCain, purportedly admits to having bombed civilian targets in North Vietnam and praises medical treatment he has received since being taken prisoner.
I’ve left out the parts which did not quote sources but what there is seems enough:
“The broadcast was beamed to American servicemen in South Vietnam as a part of a propaganda series attempting to counter charges by U.S. Defense Secretary Melvin Laird that American prisoners are being mistreated in North Vietnam.”
Wayne Dupree reported:
He claims he was given medical care normally unavailable to captured Americans only because the Vietnamese learned he was the son of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific including those fighting in Vietnam.
The Vietnamese figured that because POW McCain’s father was of such high military rank that he was of royalty or the governing circle in the United States. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured “the crown prince” and treated him as a “special prisoner.”
Less than two weeks after McCain was taken to a hospital, Hanoi’s press began quoting him giving specific military information, including the name of the aircraft carrier on which he was based, numbers of U.S. pilots that had been lost, the number of aircraft in his flight, information about location of rescue ships and the order of which his attack was supposed to take place.
I’ve put what I have. Your call.