Skip to comments.At The Today Show, the Abu Ghraib-a-thon Goes on, as Katie Frets Kerry Overshadowed
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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I would rather dig out my right eye with a grapefruit spoon than watch the Commie Colon. Kudos for your diligence.
"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.
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
I had forgotten how they use the technique of interviewing Russert when they want to get their political spin out untainted by Republicans.
Yeah, I walked by the TV this morning and heard a little of Katie's perky time. I kept walking.
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.
Thanks for your kind comments.
"We watch so you don't have to!"
She should be thrilled if he can't -- don't Kerry's numbers go up the less people see of him?
"John Kerry: To Know Him is not Necessarily to Love Him."
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Familiarity breeds contempt.
Am I missing any others? ;-)
Katie are you there? I don't think it's approriate for
you to not ask me about my book "Big Russ and Me".
John Kerry is a horses ass?
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?
John Kerry is an asses horse!
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.
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.
Ha! Everytime I see Kerry, I can't help but think, "Hello. I'm Mister Ed."
In order to share your pain I switched over just in time to catch, Secy of Pomposity Russert and Kerry Campaign strategist Couric....I have no insights other than those already given...Where's the Pepcid?
Praise the Lord and pass the Nexium.
What a bunch of UNAmerican Commies!!!! Ship them to Cuba or China for a L O N G stay. Where did these folk grow up? It is absolutely inane that anyone would want Kerry for President. Geez. and they are suppose to be SMART!!!! They have DOO DOO for brains, IMO.
Maybe a SMART bomb blowing up on their heads would straighten them out.
Welcome to FR. Interesting screen name - makes it a challenge for anyone to ping ya!
Press can't let abuse story go
By Jennifer Harper
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Timmy might be underestimating the intelligence of the American people. The "new" photos are not new. They show the same group of idiots, just in different poses. Perhaps the American people will finally rise up and say "Enough. We've seen this weeks ago. Why do you keep playing the same tape, over and over?"
No wait, it isn't.
My sense is that this has already happened, and that the liberal media is incensed that the story has not been more harmful to W.
Chris Wallace just mentioned that on Sunday .. Hellary and Graham will be on his show regarding the prison
Lindsey best be careful ... Hellary hasn't forgotten his hand in the impeachment of her hubby
IMHO the American people don't give a rat's rear end how high it goes. The American people should be glad that we have people in place that will do what is necessary even if politically incorrect to provide force protection for our troops and to diminish threats to our homeland.
Skin them alive if that's what it takes to root out the murdering savages.
It seems the animus toward the US is growing daily.
Exactly whose animus are you concerned about, Katie, that of the radical Muslims and your rabid liberal fellow travelers?
Isn't time of the essence?"
Yes, time is of essence Katie. It is high time you shut your pie hole and stop propagating hatred toward our troops. Your journalistic assault is no better than the roadside bombs, car bombs and ambushes on our brave soldiers. When you and your ilk cast aspersions on our troops, you are maligning our nation's sons and daughters and I am one American that is getting sick and tired of you and your kind who aid and abet our enemies.
I watched Imus discuss Rumsfield's "arrogance" with Frank Rich....(Two reasons for the claim..he called himself a "survivor" in front of the troops ....and did not watch 60 Minutes 11..(Therefore he has no idea what we, the people, see and are thinking). This "people" missed it, too.
Any one who had heard the pundits, the politicians and the hearings thought the "survivor" comment was appropriate and the media can't stand to think they are not the center of every Presidencial and Cabinet members' thinking....Frank Rich discussing "arrogance" is such fun./s
Absolutely correct! Thanks for your reviews
It's been intersting watching how Russert gave up his moderate position in the last 6 months. I used to watch him but he has jumped onto the liberal wagon and is falling off the side of the earth.....
No.no!.."They are just devastating and symbolize all the mismanagement of the war!"..You will hear it over and over..so we all can be just devastated..!
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A foul job you have chosen for your yourself & you do it brilliantly.
Hellary calls the shots in every interview and Fox will be no different...there will be no questions from Brit to my dismay.
I just looked at the photos. BFD.
Chris did make a comment that there were A LOT of hoops to jump through for this interview
I had the impression that she controlled every second of the interview
Thanks. Even the humble dung beetle plays a constructive role.
Me to,left eye only.SHUT THEM OFF AND THEY DIE.
Wallace was all over himself: 'it is the first time in history she has appeared on FoxNews...'
I don't look for Wallace to ask her any more difficult questions than Russert would. Wallace said it took massive negotiations to get her.
Interpretation: Wallace has already received (from Clinton's staff) the questions he will be allowed to ask her.
FoxNews should pull a switcheroo and let Brit Hume question her offscript for 20 minutes. [I'd bet she would walk out and Fox could put up a graphic of the ocean with a palm tree waving in the breeze.]
Oh, and just for the record, with VCR rolling and calculator in hand, I kept careful track of the number of references to and photo displays of the murder of Nick Berg on this morning's Today.
Let's see, double-checking my math and rounding up to the nearest integer, that would be . . . zero.
You aren't devastated and they don't symbolize to you all (the President's and Rumsfield's) mismanagement of the war?/s
Gee..Timmy wants you to get with the program and react like he says you must. The Senators and the dems will follow the script...bet on it.
Russert is way wrong if he thinks the American people will be further outraged with these new photos. The initial shock is over, and all the hammering away by the media won't work. Heck, look at how quickly most have forgotten 9-11.
Good, keep up the Abu Ghraib and keep losing viewers. Maybe she could also bring out a chalk board and run her nails across it.