Skip to comments.ABCNEWS POLITICAL DIRECTOR MEMO SPARKS CONTROVERSY: BOTH SIDES NOT 'EQUALLY ACCOUNTABLE' (Drudge)
Posted on 10/08/2004 10:15:39 PM PDT by A2J
ABCNEWS POLITICAL DIRECTOR MEMO SPARKS CONTROVERSY: BOTH SIDES NOT 'EQUALLY ACCOUNTABLE'
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.
Some pigs are more equal than others.
this is what we should spend our time on ...... this is how we can get the system changed......
My God this is truly sick. He is out and out saying their mission is to elect Kerry.
Was CBS the source for Drudge?
I guess the color of the lipstick is how we can tell them apart.
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 -
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.
lots of comment at this previous post:
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?"
Thank you Drudge.
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.
IMO We need to get the word out on this one.
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?
Bush is trying to "destroy Senator Kerry." A bit dramatic, aren't they. Scumbags.
I like Michael Savage's version of what ABC stands for: All Bolshevik Crap.
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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.
Mr. Robinson, please pull this thread.
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 -
We can hope!
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."
What LIBERAL media bias???????????????????????????????????
"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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This is how liberals always expect to be treated ... like children, someone else is always responsible/accountable.
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.
Next w'll find out that The Halperin Memo can be traced back to The Kerry campaign working out of an Abilene Kinkos.
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.
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.