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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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To: maryz
don't Kerry's numbers go up the less people see of him?

If it weren't such torture, the RNC should run 10 minutes of Kerry stump speeches. At the end of each segment, ask two questions: What did he say???? Now, would you really want him as your President???


I wonder whether Kerry will ramble meaninglessly in the debates or whether the 'questions' will be asked in such as way as to 'insulate' Kerry.
21 posted on 05/21/2004 5:12:55 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: governsleastgovernsbest
I can hardly wait for the Wednesday morning program after the election.
Miss Katie will have tears in her eyes.
They will be asking? How did this happen?
They won't figure it out.
We will all be chuckling, thinking how well our VRWC plan worked. A lot of RATS fell for our "Rats vote on Wednesday plan".
22 posted on 05/21/2004 5:13:21 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Yes Virginia, There are Evil People in the world who want to destroy the USA.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Wibur!


23 posted on 05/21/2004 5:15:12 AM PDT by Right Angler
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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?


24 posted on 05/21/2004 5:18:40 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: MEG33

Praise the Lord and pass the Nexium.


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

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.


26 posted on 05/21/2004 5:22:57 AM PDT by Gracey (NOT Fonda Kerry and his 9.10 Democrat Party mentality)
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To: HowardLSmith.τΏτ

Welcome to FR. Interesting screen name - makes it a challenge for anyone to ping ya!


27 posted on 05/21/2004 5:23:41 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Press can't let abuse story go


By Jennifer Harper
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20040520-115221-2362r.htm


28 posted on 05/21/2004 5:27:36 AM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: HowardLSmith.τΏτ
Those 'news' programs have moved so far left that they are now by definition, propaganda. I guess if someone held a gun to my head I would watch them.
29 posted on 05/21/2004 5:28:00 AM PDT by SMARTY
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The new photos will have 'an enormously powerful effect on the American people.'

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?"

30 posted on 05/21/2004 5:30:26 AM PDT by jackbill
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Unbelievable.

No wait, it isn't.

31 posted on 05/21/2004 5:30:51 AM PDT by SW6906
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To: jackbill

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.


32 posted on 05/21/2004 5:31:56 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: TomGuy; Miss Marple
Graham has been doing his own grandstanding, so he is hardly credible; otherwise, TimmyR wouldn't be 'sourcing' Lindsay, would he.

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

33 posted on 05/21/2004 5:40:14 AM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
When will the American people know just how high this gows?

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.

34 posted on 05/21/2004 5:40:45 AM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: SMARTY

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


35 posted on 05/21/2004 5:40:54 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: Miss Marple

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.....


36 posted on 05/21/2004 5:40:55 AM PDT by HowardLSmith.τΏτ
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To: jackbill

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..!


37 posted on 05/21/2004 5:45:47 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: All

Please let me know by post or private message if you'd like to be added to my ping list for reports on liberal bias at The Today Show.


38 posted on 05/21/2004 5:46:10 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

A foul job you have chosen for your yourself & you do it brilliantly.


39 posted on 05/21/2004 5:47:09 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Mo1

Hellary calls the shots in every interview and Fox will be no different...there will be no questions from Brit to my dismay.


40 posted on 05/21/2004 5:48:17 AM PDT by mystery-ak (*They are all Pat Tillman's*........Rush)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I just looked at the photos. BFD.


41 posted on 05/21/2004 5:48:33 AM PDT by rintense (Screw justice. I want revenge.)
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To: Right Angler; governsleastgovernsbest
I would rather dig out my right eye with a grapefruit spoon than watch the Commie Colon. Kudos for your diligence.

Ow.

42 posted on 05/21/2004 5:50:42 AM PDT by SquirrelKing
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To: mystery-ak
Hellary calls the shots in every interview and Fox will be no different

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

43 posted on 05/21/2004 5:50:55 AM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: Ditter

Thanks. Even the humble dung beetle plays a constructive role.


44 posted on 05/21/2004 5:50:57 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Right Angler

Me to,left eye only.SHUT THEM OFF AND THEY DIE.


45 posted on 05/21/2004 5:52:45 AM PDT by magua
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To: Mo1

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.]


46 posted on 05/21/2004 5:55:10 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: All

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.


47 posted on 05/21/2004 5:55:38 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: rintense

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.


48 posted on 05/21/2004 5:56:36 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: MEG33

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.


49 posted on 05/21/2004 5:58:34 AM PDT by rintense (Screw justice. I want revenge.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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.


50 posted on 05/21/2004 5:58:42 AM PDT by TBall
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