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    An internal memo written by ABCNEWS Political Director
    Mark Halperin admonishes ABC staff: During coverage of
    Democrat Kerry and Republican Bush not to "reflexively
    and artificially hold both sides 'equally'
    accountable."
    The controversial internal memo obtained by DRUDGE,
    captures Halperin stating how "Kerry distorts, takes
    out of context, and mistakes all the time, but these
    are not central to his efforts to win."
    But Halperin claims that Bush is hoping to "win the
    election by destroying Senator Kerry at least partly
    through distortions."
    "The current Bush attacks on Kerry involve distortions
    and taking things out of context in a way that goes
    beyond what Kerry has done," Halperin writes.
    Halperin's claim that ABCNEWS will not "reflexively
    and artificially hold both sides 'equally'
    accountable" set off sparks in St. Louis where media
    players gathered to cover the second presidential
    debate.
    Halperin states the responsibilities of the ABCNEWS
    staff have "become quite grave."
    In August, Halperin declared online: "This is now John
    Kerry's contest to lose."

    Halperin Memo Dated Friday October 8, 2004
    It goes without saying that the stakes are getting
    very high for the country and the campaigns - and our
    responsibilities become quite grave
    I do not want to set off (sp?) and endless colloquy
    that none of us have time for today - nor do I want to
    stifle one. Please respond if you feel you can advance
    the discussion.
    The New York Times (Nagourney/Stevenson) and Howard
    Fineman on the web both make the same point today: the
    current Bush attacks on Kerry involve distortions and
    taking things out of context in a way that goes beyond
    what Kerry has done.
    Kerry distorts, takes out of context, and mistakes all
    the time, but these are not central to his efforts to
    win.
    We have a responsibility to hold both sides
    accountable to the public interest, but that doesn't
    mean we reflexively and artificially hold both sides
    "equally" accountable when the facts don't warrant
    that.
    I'm sure many of you have this week felt the stepped
    up Bush efforts to complain about our coverage. This
    is all part of their efforts to get away with as much
    as possible with the stepped up, renewed efforts to
    win the election by destroying Senator Kerry at least
    partly through distortions.
    It's up to Kerry to defend himself, of course. But as
    one of the few news organizations with the skill and
    strength to help voters evaluate what the candidates
    are saying to serve the public interest. Now is the
    time for all of us to step up and do that right.

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    And your point is? He's just stating the facts and questioning the lies. That's what a good newsman is supposed to do.

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    Joseph Gerbles would have LOVED you. Sheesh. Read it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Think_About_It
    Joseph Gerbles would have LOVED you. Sheesh. Read it again.
    I've read it twice. He says Kerry distorts and Bush distorts. But he says Bush distorts far more than Kerry does. And that's absolutely true.

    And because Bush distorts more than Kerry does, there's no reason they should give him a pass for appearance sake. That's bad journalism.

    So, again, what's your point?

    Actually, it goes more like this. Kerry distorts. Kerry exaggerates. Bush lies. And lies. And lies.

    "I don't remember saying I didn't care about Osama!"

    And I quote:

    "So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. . . . I truly am not that concerned about him."

    -- Bush news conference re: Osama bin Laden, March 2003

    This is the guy you're supporting. ROTFL.

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    I'm glad to see that ABC is finally on to the Bush machine. They pound big lies over and over, and the distortions are rarely questioned in the major media.

    It's problematic when one candidate tell three whoppers, another makes three minor mis-statements, and the news coverage simply says "both A and B lied three times". That kind of reporting reflects a balance of numbers, but unbalanced judgement.

    A case in point: Bush repeatedly calls Kerry the most liberal member of the Senate. It's a false characterization. One magazine judged Kerry to have the most liberal voting record during a single year while campaigning - he only came back to Washington for big partisan votes, and sided with the Dems each time. Even the magazine that published the finding says Bush's claim is untrue.

    I argue that no politician who voted for the Iraq war resolution is liberal.

    The media needs to counter the Big Bush Lie.

    Do they need to balance it? Well, if Kerry starts calling Bush Hitler, then, yes, they need to take Kerry to task. But Kerry has made no distortions of the magnitude of the "most liberal" line. We don't need balance - we need reporting about the truth.

    Let's look at a Democratic statement. They say that 90% of the casualties have been American soldiers. The Repubs say that's untrue. It's more like 50%, if you count the Iraqi security forces. Big deal. It is true if you don't.

    So, do they need to say that "Bush lied about Kerry being liberal and Kerry lied about the casualties, so they are both liars". Is that balance?

    Keep in mind that the Republicans have insinuated that Mc Cain had an illegitimate black child, that Gore is a liar who claimed to invent the Internet and that Max Cleland is equivalent to Osama bin Laden. These big lies must be challenged.

    When Kerry and the Democratic Party makes such bogus character acusations, then the media needs to pounce on them too - balance be damned.

    It's time to fight big lies with big truths. The big liars have hidden behind the concept of balance long enough.

    -JF

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    Bravo.

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