July 27, 2004
And Even More Liberal Press Bias
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The first day of the Democratic convention was startlingly effective, with fantastic speeches that energized the crowd and helped define the essence of the Democratic party, with speakers Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, and Hillary and Bill Clinton making memorable, pointed remarks that would have a great impact on the American public.
If they ever get to see them--after all, there turn out to be even more incredible and earth-shaking stories out there: Teresa Heinz Kerry told a reporter to "shove it" and John Kerry wore a clean-room suit.
I mean, come on.
The Teresa Kerry matter was baldly misrepresented in the press. In the reports I've seen, they showed Teresa making a statement about needing "to turn back some of the creeping un-Pennsylvanian and sometimes un-American traits that are coming into some of our politics." That followed by a reporter asking her about the meaning of the word "un-American," followed by her coming back later and telling him to "shove it." Posed that way, it made Teresa look bad, especially when they pointed out that she had just "criticized the tenor of modern political campaigns."
But the reports were edited. They did not tell us the fact that the reporter, Colin McNickle, was a far-right-wing opinion columnist and editor for a staunchly conservative newspaper owned by right-wing hatchet man Richard Scaife, and had been hassling Kerry--they took the few moments of the conflict completely out of context. They did not show McNickle claiming that Heinz-Kerry had said "un-American activities," a misquote with McCarthyist connotations. Teresa did goof--instead of saying, "I did not say 'un-American activities," she said, "I did not say activity or un-American." In fact, she did say "un-American." But McNickle also did misquote her, giving her words a McCarthyist spin. And Teresa did say something that she shouldn't have.
However, she was justified--she had been misquoted, and goaded, by an antagonistic reporter. But the press ignored all that, edited and colored the episode to make her look bad, supposedly because it was a lot flashier to focus on a potential first lady saying "shove it" on TV.
And then John Kerry, at the Florida Space Center, visited one of the shuttles, and like everyone else, put on a clean suit. Yes, he looked a bit funny. But a "Michael Dukakis moment," as one CNN reporter put it? Give me a break. It was a clean suit, they all look like that, he would have been irresponsible to refuse to wear it, and while funky, it was not ridiculous.
But Kerry in the clean suit and Teresa saying "shove it" were the big stories. All over the place. Top coverage.
The speeches by senior statesmen, former presidents, important people, which pointed out that the country is on the wrong track and needs to be corrected? That the economy has to be reversed, good jobs have to be created, real attention paid to education and health care reform, those and so many other points that make up the Democratic message? The message that the press puzzles as to why it isn't being heard? Well, put on page two, boys, we can show pictures of Kerry in a clean suit and call him "Bubble Boy"!!
Not that this is new. The CNN lead after Al Gore's speech showed him in a photo-frozen pose looking stupid. As evidenced below that image, see other recent CNN photos of Gore:
Certainly not complimentary.
And Bush? Here are similar recent images:
Not exactly the same, are they?
Damn that liberal media! They always make the Democrats look so good, and never give Bush a break!
I mean, Bush fell off his bicycle--again!--just today, and not a word of it reaches the front pages. A president who can't even ride a bike, and Kerry wearing a clean suit beats that out? That's not equal reporting--if you're going to report trivial crapola mocking one candidate, then you do it for both. I wouldn't like to think about where my blood pressure would be if I had to endure FOX News, instead of just the moderately-right-wing CNN.
And while I'm at it, let's look at the press perpetuating lies and repeating bush talking points. The media outlets that did carry the Bush-bike story tended to explain it by saying that Bush rides his bike "hard," like he's a tough guy, not an uncoordinated weenie. They write gushingly that Bush "rides with abandon... takes on dangerous sections that would give veterans pause." And when speaking of his falling off his bike the last time, they repeat, as if it were fact, the assertion that Bush slipped on "soil loosened by rainfall," when in fact it had not rained there for more than a week.
Please. Just change your name to "Bush Campaign Headquarters" and be done with it.Posted by Luis at July 27, 2004 10:34 PM
Posted by: cmayer at August 17, 2007 10:13 AM
Posted by: Luis at August 17, 2007 07:20 PM