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On a Sunday evening in August four summers ago the NBC Nightly News devoted its "In Depth" segment to how Cindy Sheehan was "single-handedly bringing the Iraq debate to Mr. Bush's doorstep" with her protest in Crawford, Texas. But Sunday night this year, after Sheehan departed Martha's Vineyard without earning any network media coverage as President Barack Obama's wrapped up his vacation there, NBC's Ron Allen began a story: "Hours before President Obama's vacation ended, he treated his girls to ice cream and candy - the kind of family time the President said he had in mind for the week... continue reading
In full swoon for the late Senator Ted Kennedy, NPR's Nina Totenberg fondly recalled his "greatness" in doing "enormous things" for "millions and millions." She predicted on the weekly Inside Washington aired Friday night: I think he'll be remembered as a truly Shakespearean figure: tragic, flawed; who in the end achieved redemption through greatness - both in his personal life and in his professional life, and did enormous things for millions and millions of people. ( Inside Washington , produced by Washington, DC's ABC affiliate, first airs Friday night on DC's PBS station.) - Brent Baker is Vice President for... continue reading
The Huffington Post explains that "Melissa Lafsky is the deputy web editor at Discover magazine , where she writes the Reality Base blog. She was previously the editor of the New York Times's Freakonomics blog , and is a former associate editor at HuffPo's Eat The Press." So she's a major-media-certified pundit when she wrote about Chappaquiddick drowning victim Mary Jo Kopechne on Arianna's pages on August27 : Mary Jo wasn't a right-wing talking point or a negative campaign slogan. She was a dedicated civil rights activist and political talent with a bright future....We don't know how much Kennedy was... continue reading
Newsweek columnist and editor Jonathan Alter appeared on Friday's Hardball and slammed Rush Limbaugh as the "great blowhard of our time." Host Chris Matthews prompted the quote when he discussed how Limbaugh had criticized him on his radio show for calling Barack Obama the "last brother" of the Kennedy clan. Referring to Ted Kennedy's death, Matthews snarled, "What is the matter with these people? Can't they take a week off, Jonathan? Just take a week off. It's a funeral." Responding to the Hardball anchor's complaint, Alter attacked, " If Ted Kennedy is one of the great senators of our time,... continue reading
Appearing on MSNBC's New York Times Edition on Friday, the paper's 'Week in Review' editor, Sam Tanenhaus, lamented one of Ted Kennedy's flaws: "There's a further paradox to this , which is we sometimes forget, I mean, all of the wonderful things being said about this extraordinary figure Edward Kennedy, that he was partly accountable for Ronald Reagan's ascendency." Previewing his latest New York Times column on Kennedy to host John Harwood in the 2:00PM ET hour, Tanenhaus went on to explain: "Ted Kennedy challenged the incumbent Democrat, Jimmy Carter, in 1980 and weakened him in that election and that... continue reading
Amid all of the tributes to Ted Kennedy's lengthy career of expanding the scope of government and its cost to taxpayers, CNN's American Morning on Friday dug up a six-week old op-ed from the Tax Policy Center's Len Burman warning that massive trillion-dollar deficits are a catastrophe that could lead to the end of the U.S. as a great power "or even a mediocre one." With the on-screen graphic reading "Higher Taxes Inevitable?" business correspondent Christine Romans announced to viewers "I've just got to tell you about this handwringing that's happening, and what it's going to mean for you. We're... continue reading
MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Friday used an interview with former Vice President Dan Quayle to gratuitously highlight Lloyd Bentsen's famous 1988 slam, "You're no Jack Kennedy." Although Quayle appeared on "Andrea Mitchell Reports" to share his reflections on the passing of Ted Kennedy, the cable anchor sniped, " One of your toughest moments was during the debate with Lloyd Benson when you compared yourself to John F. Kennedy ..." As though Quayle was unfamiliar with what happened 21 years ago at the vice presidential debate, Mitchell recounted, "And Lloyd Bentsen memorably said, you know, 'I knew John Kennedy. I served... continue reading
"While offering condolences to the Kennedy family at this sad moment, it is important to note that his life was not as simple, nor heroic, as is now being portrayed," Howie Carr maintained in scolding the media in his Thursday Boston Herald column. He cited what "was invariably described as Ted Kennedy's 'collegial' Senate - where voices were seldom raised, and partisan bickering ended when the gavel came down to end the session." Carr zinged: "All of which would have come as a surprise to Robert Bork." Carr, the afternoon talk host on WRKO , contended Kennedy "was always protected... continue reading
ABC displayed "Battle Cry" on screen, beneath HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, as anchor Charles Gibson teased Thursday's World News: "Health care reformers hope to win one for Teddy , but the opposition is largely unmoved." Gibson introduced the story by asserting "some of his allies in Congress harbor hopes that his death might generate a change of heart among opponents," but it may not come to be: "If that is to be the case, there are few signs of it yet." Reporter Jonathan Karl noted continued opposition amongst those at town hall meetings, yet ran soundbites from three Democrats who... continue reading
Melinda Henneberger, Editor-in-Chief of AOL's PoliticsDaily.com site where her bio touts how her "son's first utterance beyond ma-ma and da-da really was 'algore,'" boasted on Thursday's Hardball of her infatuation with the late Senator Edward Kennedy and admiration for his left-wing policies, declaring: Ted Kennedy has been a huge inspiration to me and just listening to the coverage over the last couple of days one of the things that struck me the most was listening again to his fabulous 1980 convention speech... Henneberger, a New York Times reporter in Rome and Washington, DC for ten years ending in 2002, recalled... continue reading