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ABCNEWS POLITICAL DIRECTOR MEMO SPARKS CONTROVERSY: BOTH SIDES NOT 'EQUALLY ACCOUNTABLE' (Drudge)
Drudge Report ^ | 10/8/04 | Drudge

Posted on 10/08/2004 10:15:39 PM PDT by A2J

ABCNEWS POLITICAL DIRECTOR MEMO SPARKS CONTROVERSY: BOTH SIDES NOT 'EQUALLY ACCOUNTABLE'

**Exclusive**

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."

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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.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abc; abcnews; bias; halperin; halperingate; markhalperin; media; mediabias; napalminthemorning; rats
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I did a quick search and didn't find this. This is breaking and could potentially be a bombshell.
1 posted on 10/08/2004 10:15:39 PM PDT by A2J
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To: A2J

Some pigs are more equal than others.


2 posted on 10/08/2004 10:16:34 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (Always ask yourself, does this pass the Global Test?)
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To: All

this is what we should spend our time on ...... this is how we can get the system changed......


3 posted on 10/08/2004 10:17:59 PM PDT by Gibtx (Pajamahadien call to arms.....)
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To: A2J

My God this is truly sick. He is out and out saying their mission is to elect Kerry.


4 posted on 10/08/2004 10:18:40 PM PDT by Williams
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To: A2J

Was CBS the source for Drudge?


5 posted on 10/08/2004 10:18:48 PM PDT by mywholebodyisaweapon
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To: A2J

Simply outrageous


6 posted on 10/08/2004 10:19:13 PM PDT by Betaille (Harry Potter is a Right-Winger)
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To: jwalsh07

I guess the color of the lipstick is how we can tell them apart.


7 posted on 10/08/2004 10:19:26 PM PDT by 7thOF7th ("Let's follow the lead, I'd hate to be a free thinker" (second lemming to the third))
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To: A2J

AlwaysBeenCommunist


8 posted on 10/08/2004 10:19:55 PM PDT by schouston (Holy Katie, Matt, Al and Ann...Batman.......what a slime!)
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To: A2J

A news director did this ?

"If true" - Isn't this bias - and shouldn't this be investigated ? Like people wanted the CBS memo to get investigated? Influencing an election -

just wondering -


9 posted on 10/08/2004 10:21:21 PM PDT by Pastnowfuturealpha
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To: A2J

He actually ties Bush attacks on their coverage with the Bush attacks on Kerry, and seems to very much view ABC and the Kerry Campaign as both on the same side against Bush. And he is telling them to do "what's right" by helping to defend Kerry. This is so wrong. They are all left wing pigs.


10 posted on 10/08/2004 10:21:44 PM PDT by Williams
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To: A2J

lots of comment at this previous post:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1239519/posts


11 posted on 10/08/2004 10:21:51 PM PDT by VOA
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To: A2J
Gee.

I remember hearing this in 2000.....yes I do.

"Why have we given George W. Bush such an easy ride when-until now, that is-when actually his qualifications are questionable?"

-Christiane Amanpour on September 13, 2000, at RTNDA2000's Murrow Awards Ceremony

12 posted on 10/08/2004 10:22:02 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: A2J

Thank you Drudge.


13 posted on 10/08/2004 10:22:43 PM PDT by dougherty (I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. - Michelangelo)
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To: A2J; MeekOneGOP; potlatch; ntnychik; devolve; Happy2BMe; Boazo; OXENinFLA; Grampa Dave; Lady Jag; ..
I'm shocked, shocked, absolutly shocked, that the media is biased.   BUUUURRRP!!!


14 posted on 10/08/2004 10:22:59 PM PDT by Smartass (BUSH & CHENEY 2004 Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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To: A2J
A little more dribbles out, it looks like.

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.

No. The increase of people complaining might just be that they see your biased tactics, the Dan Ratherism so rife within your organizations that you can't even see your own prejudice! Mentioning Kerry's own words is now "distortion" and "destroying." Pathetic.

15 posted on 10/08/2004 10:23:01 PM PDT by formercalifornian (Daschle: "Never has so much clout" enriched the abortion industry)
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To: Howlin; mhking; PhiKapMom; ohioWfan

IMO We need to get the word out on this one.


16 posted on 10/08/2004 10:23:15 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Bush Democrats = Zell's Angels)
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To: A2J

I wonder what Bush was thinking? I know they mentioned it on FoxNews just seconds before the debate began.

I wonder if the audience was told?


17 posted on 10/08/2004 10:23:27 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: A2J

Bush is trying to "destroy Senator Kerry." A bit dramatic, aren't they. Scumbags.


18 posted on 10/08/2004 10:23:28 PM PDT by Williams
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To: schouston

I like Michael Savage's version of what ABC stands for: All Bolshevik Crap.


19 posted on 10/08/2004 10:24:29 PM PDT by dougherty (I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. - Michelangelo)
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To: A2J
ABC scandal??? check Drudge
  Posted by icecold
On Bloggers & Personal 10/08/2004 8:05:22 PM EDT · 21 replies · 268+ views

 

CONTROVERSY HITS ABC NEWS POLITICAL DIRECTOR MARK HALPERIN
  Posted by JazzX
On News/Activism 10/08/2004 7:57:36 PM EDT · 290 replies · 13,273+ views


Drudge ^ | Drudge

20 posted on 10/08/2004 10:24:41 PM PDT by Howlin (What's the Font Spacing, Kenneth?)
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To: A2J
"Is it conceivable that President Bush can survive the media onslaught, unprecedented in American history, that has been unleashed against him?"

ABC Bombshell: Media Bias Unleashed

22 posted on 10/08/2004 10:26:25 PM PDT by NewMediaFan (Fake but accurate)
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To: A2J
I heard Clintonite Halperin say months ago on the Charley Rose show, "No good news for Bush, no bad news for Kerry." He later posted these remarks on ABC's The Note. He was saying the MSM was going to go to work to re-elect Kerry because none of them wanted Bush as President. There were some other reporters on the program--one was with Time magazine.

Part of his bio on ABC reads, "In 1992, ABCNEWS Political Director Mark Halperin worked full-time as an off-air reporter assigned to travel with the presidential campaign of then Governor Bill Clinton. He covered President-elect Clinton during the transition in Little Rock and Washington and was assigned to White House coverage for the first two years of the Clinton Administration. "
23 posted on 10/08/2004 10:27:13 PM PDT by prometheus
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To: A2J
This is from the mouth of the man who wishes to be Commander-in-Chief and who Mr. Halperin appears to wish to shore up:


"...This president and his administration have told you and all of us it's not a question of when, it's a question of -- excuse me -- not a question of if, it's a question of when. We've been told that.

"The when I can't tell you. Between the World Trade Center bombing in, what was it, 1993 or so, and the next time was five years, seven years...."




Nope. No distortions there. No wood felled. This is straight from the mouth of John Kerry, he who wishes to be C-in-C, and who cannot recall the date of the first World Trade Center bombing...or even when the next and most destructive occurred.

Mr. Halperin, the dates February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 (eight-and-a-half years later) are seared into the memories of a great many American citizens -- at least those who survived these terrorist attacks on our freedom.
24 posted on 10/08/2004 10:28:10 PM PDT by Chummy ("I Rather Know when I See BS." RepublicanAttackSquad.biz: "A vote 4 Kerry is a vote 4 Osama")
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To: A2J

I wonder who leaked the memo to drudge? Whoever you are thank you. We need identify these supposed journalists and run them out of business. Time to contact ABC and demand an investigation. This time CBS can report on ABC.


25 posted on 10/08/2004 10:29:15 PM PDT by Moconservative
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To: VOA; Jim Robinson
Sorry. I guess I got too mad when I saw this and wanted to post it. As I stated I did a quick search and found nothing.

Mr. Robinson, please pull this thread.

26 posted on 10/08/2004 10:29:37 PM PDT by A2J (Oh, I wish I was in Dixie...)
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To: Smartass

27 posted on 10/08/2004 10:29:55 PM PDT by Boazo
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To: hoosiermama

Only if this is proven to be "true" - Brit H. questioned it when it first came out - He knows the guy and didn't think he would so something like this -

So prove first that it was written and put out by this guy - then get the word out -

just my opinion -


28 posted on 10/08/2004 10:29:58 PM PDT by Pastnowfuturealpha
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To: A2J
"..could potentially be a bombshell."

We can hope!

29 posted on 10/08/2004 10:29:59 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: A2J

Here is the first thing Kerry said in the debate tonight. Kerry and Halperin working together as a team.

"Cheryl, the president didn't find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, so he's really turned his campaign into a weapon of mass deception. And the result is that you've been bombarded with advertisements suggesting that I've changed a position on this or that or the other."


30 posted on 10/08/2004 10:30:59 PM PDT by orangelobster
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To: A2J

What LIBERAL media bias???????????????????????????????????


31 posted on 10/08/2004 10:32:10 PM PDT by Chieftain (Support Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and EXPOSE Hanoi John Kerry's FRAUD!)
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To: A2J

"I guess I got too mad when I saw this and wanted to post it."

I know the feeling. I wasn't playing thread-monitor...just pointing to the other thread
so our forces are concentrated!

We all know what happened when Custer split his forces!


32 posted on 10/08/2004 10:32:42 PM PDT by VOA
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To: A2J

For the record, ABC's website made some snide remarks about Drudge around 7/16/04 - don't exactly remember what. In any case, Drudge really got even tonight . . . and then some. Brent Bozell will use this for the next 10 years. It appears unwise to mess around with Mr. Drudge.


33 posted on 10/08/2004 10:33:48 PM PDT by namvetcav
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To: jwalsh07
Here's a big can of whoopass.
34 posted on 10/08/2004 10:34:02 PM PDT by JLO
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To: Williams

What he is saying is that he - the elite media - is to discipher for the masses what they should be able to read.

This is the whole thought process of the liberals. They are the designated elite leading class that "controls" the masses. Now we can see why they act the way they do - they feel that is their place in society. They are internationalists of the upper heirachy and the voters are just the lowly masses.

He has put into print the exact thought processes that direct the mindset of the big media.

And the masses should absolutely slam it back in his face.

I will not be "ruled" by a liberal media, I will not be told what is the truth I need to hear, I will not let them sway my opinion, provide me the news, or tell me "how" to interpret anything.


35 posted on 10/08/2004 10:35:52 PM PDT by ClancyJ (Vote for President Bush - For our grandchildren. Democrats are not to be trusted with our country)
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To: A2J

No surprise, how quick do they go back and get videotape of what pubbies have said 5, 10, 20 years ago if it contradicts something they are stating now.

But when RATS do it, you never see it and you know Liberal media are covering up for them.


36 posted on 10/08/2004 10:36:02 PM PDT by TheEaglehasLanded
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To: hoosiermama

I read it this afternoon on Drudge and heard it right before the debate on FOX... then nothing more. Hope that's not the end.


37 posted on 10/08/2004 10:36:43 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: A2J
Here's a quick search, LOL
38 posted on 10/08/2004 10:38:55 PM PDT by JLO
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To: prometheus

This needs to have the same push to get the same coverage as the forged documents did. They need to be put under the same kind of attack they constantly give conservatives.


39 posted on 10/08/2004 10:39:00 PM PDT by Ruth C (learn to analyze rationally and extrapolate consequences..they don't teach that in school now)
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To: Williams

Of course! Thats always been there mission to elect Kerry. They feel everybody for Bush is stupid so its ok to help Kerry and crush Bush. Truly despicable and an outrage!


40 posted on 10/08/2004 10:45:05 PM PDT by Bush gal in LA (Armed with what? ''SPITBALLS'' Zell Miller)
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To: Boazo
Good Toon.   But, the so-and-so is still at CBS!

THANKS FOR THE PING

41 posted on 10/08/2004 10:45:53 PM PDT by Smartass (BUSH & CHENEY 2004 Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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To: A2J

This is how liberals always expect to be treated ... like children, someone else is always responsible/accountable.


42 posted on 10/08/2004 10:46:11 PM PDT by Let's Roll (For a guy who shirks his own job, Kerry sure is eager to tell others what they should do ...)
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To: Smartass
ood Toon. But, the so-and-so is still at CBS! Yeah,Thats the down side!
43 posted on 10/08/2004 10:51:34 PM PDT by Boazo
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To: Pastnowfuturealpha
He knows the guy and didn't think he would so something like this

Brit said he worked with Mark and that he's a "good guy". I don't remember hearing him say he wouldn't do anything like this.

Nobody from ABC has questioned the memo's authenticity yet.

44 posted on 10/08/2004 10:52:37 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: A2J

Next w'll find out that The Halperin Memo can be traced back to The Kerry campaign working out of an Abilene Kinkos.


45 posted on 10/08/2004 10:54:34 PM PDT by sully777 (Our descendants will be enslaved by political expediency and expenditure)
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To: NOTTAHERO
ABC News is just another member of The Democrat Ministry of Propaganda, headed by The New York Times. Just consider them the enemy when you watch their drivel.

Just like El Rushbo has said, the major media are merely transcription services for the Kerry campaign. This is compelling evidence that it is true.

46 posted on 10/08/2004 10:57:10 PM PDT by rundy
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To: 7thOF7th

OMG


47 posted on 10/08/2004 10:57:11 PM PDT by MamaLucci (Libs, want answers on 911? Ask Clinton why he met with Monica more than with his CIA director.)
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To: Ruth C
I'm going to call the talk shows on Monday. If enough of us call Rush, Hannity, Hugh (He'll be on it anyway), Snow, Gallegher, Medved, Prager, and Ingram. It will get some press.


Word of advice, as O'rielly found out. Don't mess with Drudge or he'll get you back with some facts.
48 posted on 10/08/2004 10:58:02 PM PDT by ALWAYSWELDING
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To: Williams

Even if Bush was telling lies about SKerry it would be up to the SKerry campaign to get the truth out there not the MFSM.


49 posted on 10/08/2004 10:58:06 PM PDT by tiki (Win one against the Flipper)
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To: A2J


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50 posted on 10/08/2004 11:06:54 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Dan Rather's got to go!)
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