It seems that Kerry’s Softball appearance last night on MSNBC’s Hardball has had the desired effect in the media establishment.
The following stories all quote liberally (pun intended) from the sycophantic embarassment of an interview last night, failing to note the inadequacy of the questioning:
Kerry blasts Bush, Cheney over war criticism – CNN.COM
Kerry: Bush intentionally exaggerated case – MSNBC.COM
Kerry Turns Tables on Bush and Cheney Over War Records – NYTIMES.COM
Kerry seizes offensive in battle of words of war records – The SUNHERALD.COM
And so on…
That liberal media, btw…
The NYT gave the Kerry campaign’s talking points as the front page political story on Tuesday (after his disasterous GMA appearance).
It appears that they’re dropping all pretenses.
Is that the Nogourney piece? I didn’t even bother to link to it because it was so transparently shameless.
Yep, ’tis indeed Nagourney. What stood out (to me, at least) wasn’t the slanted piece being presented as “news” (happens half a dozen times a day in the NYT, it was the placement of it on the top fold of the front page.
Reminded me of the LAT timing their Arnold hit piece ‘coincidentally’ on the Thursday before the recall.
The biggest laugh so far today is Bob Somerby defending Kerry as being consisntent on the medals “at least since 1984.” This is the defense of Kerry’s 1971 actions and interview… that he started “telling the truth” 13 years later. The other defense is “BUSH LIED!!!” and “BUSH WAS AWOL!!!” Interesting how some on the left were actually conceding there was no proof he a deserter or AWOL.. and now we’re back to square one.
On the other hand, there is a small amount of encouragement that one can draw from some elements of the liberal media, as for example the now infamous column in yesterday’s very liberal Village Voice in which it is suggested that the Dems should rethink nominating John Kerry. TNR also has a long article that talks about a number of Kerry’s “warts.” And then there’s this long piece in the New York Observer that basically says Kerry stinks on TV: http://www.observer.com/pages/frontpage3.asp
Apparently some of the liberal press gets it right: Kerry is a disaster (to them). Personally, I wouldn’t have him change anything– it’s working too well for GWB.
I saw New Mexico’s Governor Bill Richardson on the telly earlier today and he practically ran from the question, “Would you consider being John F. Kerry’s vice-presidential running mate ?”
Based on that, it should be interesting watching others on the “short list” bailing out in the coming weeks. But knowing how transparent politicians are, some idiot will smile and gladly accept the offer.
I think it’s great that the media is dropping all pretenses.
Not only will Bush be re-elected, but these morons will do more damage to themselves than Jason Blair and Andrew Gilligan combined.
So please, let them continue!
And they wonder why Drudge and FNC are where they are now….
M. Scott Eiland
Imagine if the news organizations represented above existed a century and a quarter ago, and they had decided to take a certain charismatic general under their protection–in the same way they are Mr. Kerry today–regarding certain unfortunate events at Little Big Horn–we’d probably have seen headlines like this:
“Custer Charges Boldly Into Battle”–CNN.com
“Custer: ‘Indians? What Indians?'”–MSNBC.com
“Custer: ‘They’ll Never Know What Hit Them!'”–NYTIMES.com
“General Custer Destroys A Mighty Fighting Force With His Memorable Leadership!”–THESUNHERALD.com
You probably don’t want to be talking about media cheerleading of a military fiasco, if you’re fond of this President.