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At The Today Show, the Abu Ghraib-a-thon Goes on, as Katie Frets Kerry Overshadowed
The Today Show

Posted on 05/21/2004 4:32:12 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

Somewhere, perhaps in France, Jerry Lewis is green with envy. His telethons last a mere 24 hours. But every morning, Today sets a new world record for its continuing Abu Ghraib-a-thon.

Dutiful soldiers in the liberal army that they are, Matt and Katie were at their posts again today.

Matt led with an interview with a Washington Post journalist. The Post has obtained additional abuse photos and paraded its findings in a front page above-the-fold story this morning. Blah, blah, blah, cue the hand-wringing.

Then it was on to Katie's interview with Tim Russert.

Asked Katie, fingers crossed: "What will be the political impact be of the new photos and videotape?"

Replied Russert with grim face firmly in place: "This continues the very bad political problems for the Bush administration. The new photos will have 'an enormously powerful effect on the American people.' Something has gone terribly wrong."

Katie is never better than when she is offering "helpful" advice to Republicans. "Instead of drip, drip, drip wouldn't it be better to get all this out?"

Russert: "That is the view of John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Yes, it would give us a higher moral authority."

Katie is clearly impatient and concerned that the taint hasn't reached high enough. "There have been congressional hearings, a parade of generals, Sec. Rumsfeld. All have insisted this is limited to a group of rogue soldiers. When will the American people know just how high this gows? It seems the animus toward the US is growing daily. Isn't time of the essence?"

Russert 'sagely' observed that Abu Ghraib has become "A metaphor for the mismanagement of the war."

Referring to W's meeting with congressional Republicans yesterday, Katie asked "did Pres. Bush smooth any ruffled feathers or reassure congressional leaders?"

Russert implied the meeting was a failure: "Deep down there is a lot of anxiety. These pictures are just devastating."

With echoes of Carole Simpson's taunting referral to Pres. Bush I as the "education president," Katie then asked, butter not melting in her mouth: "Is the Bush campaign rethinking the strategy of running the President as a war President in view of all the bad news coming out of Iraq?"

Nope, said Russert.

The most telling moment came at the very end.

Katie asked: "Has John Kerry been overshadowed [by all the Abu Ghraib news]?" She then clearly was beginning to ask "How," and then at the last second caught herself and rephrased her question "Is he breaking through?"

In other words, Katie's instinct was to ask "how can Kerry break through?" as if she were a campaign adviser or at the least the avid supporter that she is.

She might have thought she covered her tracks, but the merciless eye of Free Republic sees all, tells all!


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1 posted on 05/21/2004 4:32:13 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Today Show ping.


2 posted on 05/21/2004 4:33:04 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I would rather dig out my right eye with a grapefruit spoon than watch the Commie Colon. Kudos for your diligence.


3 posted on 05/21/2004 4:37:13 AM PDT by Right Angler
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"Yes, it [releasing all of the "abuse" photos at once] would give us a higher moral authority."

What an inane statement from Mr. Potato Head.


4 posted on 05/21/2004 4:39:46 AM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Right Angler

Couldn't agree more!!
Katie and Matt have moved so far to the left they are loosing more share of the morning audience.
Good Riddance - I hope


5 posted on 05/21/2004 4:39:52 AM PDT by HowardLSmith.τΏτ
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I want to thank you for monitoring this program daily. You provide valuable information while enabling me to keep my blood pressure down.

I had forgotten how they use the technique of interviewing Russert when they want to get their political spin out untainted by Republicans.

6 posted on 05/21/2004 4:40:11 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Yeah, I walked by the TV this morning and heard a little of Katie's perky time. I kept walking.


7 posted on 05/21/2004 4:40:30 AM PDT by BillyCrockett
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Thanks for your fortitude in watching and reporting on these ultra liberals. They are actively working to undermine not only this President but America's troops, caring more for their party than for their country. I can't even bare to hear their voices.


8 posted on 05/21/2004 4:41:02 AM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: Carolinamom; Miss Marple

Thanks for your kind comments.

"We watch so you don't have to!"


9 posted on 05/21/2004 4:45:44 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Katie asked: "Has John Kerry been overshadowed [by all the Abu Ghraib news]?" She then clearly was beginning to ask "How," and then at the last second caught herself and rephrased her question "Is he breaking through?"

She should be thrilled if he can't -- don't Kerry's numbers go up the less people see of him?

10 posted on 05/21/2004 4:46:45 AM PDT by maryz
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To: maryz

"John Kerry: To Know Him is not Necessarily to Love Him."


11 posted on 05/21/2004 4:48:40 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: maryz

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Familiarity breeds contempt.

Am I missing any others? ;-)


12 posted on 05/21/2004 4:49:19 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Katie are you there? I don't think it's approriate for
you to not ask me about my book "Big Russ and Me".

13 posted on 05/21/2004 4:52:36 AM PDT by McGruff
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

John Kerry is a horses ass?


14 posted on 05/21/2004 4:54:24 AM PDT by Right Angler
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

This issue is getting annoying, not just old. An overblown issue that is becoming politicized by self proclaimed patriots like Kerry who's claim to fame is being against ther war and dragging the military down (Both times). Even though he would never admitt that. Yet it benefits is political ambitions to keep beating this horse.

It's obvious how CNN has an agenda. I had to watch Larry King today because that's all there was. I almost had to vomit. He had a political "Has been" that was kicked out because she failed as gov., now she gives us impartial and objective insight into the Bush administration aparently. Has Al Jaziere bought up CNN? Has Clinton taken over for Turner?

Red6


15 posted on 05/21/2004 5:00:18 AM PDT by Red6
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To: Right Angler
John Kerry is a horses ass?

NOPE!

John Kerry is an asses horse!

16 posted on 05/21/2004 5:01:06 AM PDT by Common Tator
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Thanks! I WAS astonished to read that Katie and Matt really pounded HARD on the UN "oil for food" scandal, as well!!! Oh, WAIT!!! That must have been Fox & Friends!! Regarding F&F, I enjoyed seeing Mansoor Ijaz on this morning; he gave more explanation about Chalabi and the Iran connection.


17 posted on 05/21/2004 5:04:08 AM PDT by Maria S ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm."George W. Bush 1/20/01)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Lindsey Graham?

Graham has been worse than Chicken Little. He was the one running around in several microphone ops, crying about the worse to come -- the rapes, the abuses, the pillaging of villages [well, maybe not pillaging the villages]. Graham has been doing his own grandstanding, so he is hardly credible; otherwise, TimmyR wouldn't be 'sourcing' Lindsay, would he.


18 posted on 05/21/2004 5:08:04 AM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: Common Tator

Ha! Everytime I see Kerry, I can't help but think, "Hello. I'm Mister Ed."


19 posted on 05/21/2004 5:08:44 AM PDT by Right Angler
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To: Right Angler
"A horse is a horse, of course, of course."


20 posted on 05/21/2004 5:11:05 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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