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GMA's Disillusioned Republican Woman Not Really So Republican (FR mentioned, I'm famous!)
newsbusters.org ^ | September 19, 2006 | Brent Baker

Posted on 09/19/2006 2:51:46 PM PDT by lowbridge

Posted by Brent Baker on September 19, 2006 - 17:20.

Friday's Good Morning America featured a segment with Robin Roberts in Memphis with three Southern women, identified as Republicans, who are all supposedly "having second thoughts about their party" and now plan to vote for Democrats. But a quick Internet search found that two of the three have backgrounds which raise questions about their fidelity to the GOP. Janna Herbison, identified on screen as "Former Republican turned Democrat," declared: "I used to consider myself to be a Republican." She scolded Republicans: "Don't say they're [Democrats] aligning themselves with the terrorists because they disagree with you. That's un-American." But while Herbison was Press Secretary to Republican Tennessee Governor Donald Sundquist, best known for a failed effort to enact a state income tax, she was also the Press Secretary for the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus. The other, Robin Rasmussen, who insisted that "I voted Republican in every election since I was 18," appears to be on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood for the Memphis area, which doesn't make it impossible for her to be a Republican, but certainly suggests she's long been politically active for a liberal social cause.

Following Roberts' sit-down with the three woman, GMA co-host Diane Sawyer contended that "another worrying thing for the Republicans has to be how much" the women "just seem to want change of some kind."

(This article was first published today as part of the MRC's CyberAlert.)

Picking up on a Friday NewsBusters posting by Megan McCormack about the ABC story, Free Republic poster "lowbridge" dug up some information about the women ABC showcased and posted an item Friday.

"Lowbridge" found a PDF of the newsletter of the Memphis Regional Planned Parenthood that lists Robin Rasmussen's name on the Board of Directors.

Of course, it is possible there is more than one Robin Rasmussen in Memphis.

The information on Herbison is more definitive since I found a picture of her online that matches her appearance on GMA. "Lowbridge" located a letter Herbison wrote in 2005 to liberal New York Congressman Carolyn McCarthy. It began: "Hello...My name is Janna Herbison, and I am a wife and mother from Tennessee, who is also a former television news reporter and former Democratic Press Secretary for the TN Legislature. I have recently written a book entitled 'Southern in the City' -- a manuscript about my experiences in Manhattan/New York over 20 years as a Southerner."

I located a July 11, 2006 NashvillePost.com posting, "Former state official on book tour," with a picture of Herbison which looks just like the woman on ABC. It began:

"Janna Fite Herbison, a former press secretary for former Governor Don Sundquist and the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus has just published her first book, Southern in The City...A Mason-Dixon View of Manhattan."
The ABCNews.com version of the story, with video of what aired.

A transcript of the September 15 GMA segment in which Robin Roberts sat with the three women:

Robin Roberts: "You know how it is when GMA is out on the road like this, traveling around the country. We really like to spend time in town, talking with the locals, what's most important to them. Well, many are thinking about the upcoming election. And here in Tennessee, both parties, Republicans and Democrats, are battling for the Senate seat being vacated by majority leader Bill Frist. Southern women in recent years have been voting Republican, but are they going to stick with the GOP in 2006? Well, I sat down with three women here in Memphis, and all three are Republicans and all three are, well, having second thoughts about their party."

Robin Rasmussen, Republican voting for Democrats: "I voted Republican in every election since I was 18."

Roberts: "But not this year. Robin Rasmussen is thinking of voting for a Democrat and she's not alone."

Janna Herbison, former Republican turned Democrat: "And I used to consider myself to be a Republican."

Roberts: "In a recent ABC News poll, fifty-three percent of Southern women are leaning toward Democrats in upcoming elections. That's a six point gain. Why the shift? Concerns over issues close to home."

Kellyanne Conway, Republican pollster: "If women in the south feel upset that the other issues they care about have not been sufficiently addressed by the Republican leadership in Washington, they may take that estrangement directly to the ballot box."

Roberts: "What are the issues, Tracy, that you're most concerned about?"

Tracy Quick Bradford, Republican voting for Democrats: "I think health care, education and the economy. And I think that the, the candidates that, that represent the Democratic party this year are most in line with my views."

Roberts: "Is that difficult for you to say because you traditionally voted Republican?"

Bradford: "Yes. To a certain extent, it is difficult."

Roberts: "Robin, what's important to you?"

Rasmussen: "My number one thing is education. Because I think if you solve the education, you fix everything else."

Roberts: "Janna, what about you? What's your, what's the burning issue for you?"

Herbison: "The war is a big issue with me. At this point, I hope that we succeed with it, because we've invested so much in it. But I think about the troops every day and I think about why we're there."

Roberts: "When you think of national security, who do you think can protect you best?"

Bradford: "I don't think that anyone knows, I don't think anyone has this crystal ball as to who's really going to protect us best, this way or that way. I think, you know, we're doing what we can."

Rasmussen: "If the Democrats are in power, they're gonna, you know they're going to do the best they -- you hope that they're going to do the best that they can."

Herbison: "And I heard a comment, I think, from a Congressman the other day that said if the Democrats don't agree with the war, they're more concerned with the terrorists safety than with Americans safety. And I couldn't, that just, that blew my mind. I just thought, you know, they really -- how, how could they have a right to say that, because we live in America, and if you don't agree with it, that's fine, you know, but don't attack someone personally. Don't say they're aligning themselves with the terrorists because they disagree with you. That's un-American."

Roberts: "But what is it? Is there something that you see or hear from a candidate that makes you go, I'm going to vote for that person?"

Bradford: "We're looking for a new form of leadership and just some fresh, new ideas and more integrity in our government, and I think that's where we're, I hope that's where we're headed."

Roberts: "It was really enlightening sitting down with all three of those women. We have a lively, lively discussion yesterday. And all of them said that they really look now at the candidate instead of the party, that they're not just going to vote along party lines and they look at the individual candidate. Chris and Diane?"

Diane Sawyer: "Yeah, Robin, candidate and connection obviously to them. But another worrying thing for the Republicans has to be how much they just seem to want change of some kind."

Chris Cuomo: "That's right. I mean, you have to distinguish between not liking the Republicans and feeling that the Democrats are a better bet. They probably will go candidate by candidate."



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bias; fakebutaccurate; jebeddyreps; mediabias; mediafraud; msmrolodexrepublican
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ABC's GMA Highlights Southern Republican Women...Who are Voting for Democrats

Picking up on a Friday NewsBusters posting by Megan McCormack about the ABC story, Free Republic poster "lowbridge" dug up some information about the women ABC showcased and posted an item Friday.

"Lowbridge" found a PDF of the newsletter of the Memphis Regional Planned Parenthood that lists Robin Rasmussen's name on the Board of Directors.

Of course, it is possible there is more than one Robin Rasmussen in Memphis.

The information on Herbison is more definitive since I found a picture of her online that matches her appearance on GMA. "Lowbridge" located a letter Herbison wrote in 2005 to liberal New York Congressman Carolyn McCarthy. It began: "Hello...My name is Janna Herbison, and I am a wife and mother from Tennessee, who is also a former television news reporter and former Democratic Press Secretary for the TN Legislature. I have recently written a book entitled 'Southern in the City' -- a manuscript about my experiences in Manhattan/New York over 20 years as a Southerner."

Shucks, tweren't nothin' :-)

1 posted on 09/19/2006 2:51:48 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

What is this "Good Morning America" of which you speak?


2 posted on 09/19/2006 2:55:10 PM PDT by Lekker 1 (("...the world will be...eleven degrees colder by the year 2000" -- K. Watt, Earth Day, 1970)
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To: lowbridge

doh. :)


3 posted on 09/19/2006 2:55:19 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: lowbridge

Has Oprah called yet? :-D


4 posted on 09/19/2006 2:55:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: lowbridge

I don't understand how the networks expect to hang on to audience when so much of their news is raw fiction.


5 posted on 09/19/2006 2:55:35 PM PDT by TexanToTheCore (This space for hire...)
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To: lowbridge

You are hereby nominated for induction into the Secret Order of the Buckhead.


6 posted on 09/19/2006 2:56:15 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: lowbridge
Good job!

Is it even possible to be on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood and be a Republican? Are they not diametrically opposed?

7 posted on 09/19/2006 2:56:28 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (OUR schools are damaging OUR children)
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To: lowbridge

Good job!


8 posted on 09/19/2006 2:56:51 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (Behead any infidel who claims that Islam is not a religion of peace!)
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To: lowbridge

Yeah, but did you get a pic of her with underwear on her head?


9 posted on 09/19/2006 2:57:28 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (1 year guarantee against congenital defects.)
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To: lowbridge

They are as "Republican" as this guy.

10 posted on 09/19/2006 2:57:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: lowbridge
You deserve more than just a "good job". :-}


11 posted on 09/19/2006 2:58:45 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (Behead any infidel who claims that Islam is not a religion of peace!)
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To: MNJohnnie; eeevil conservative; SuziQ; flying Elvis; Parley Baer; MikeA; NurdlyPeon; YOUGOTIT; ...

update (relax, this is a one time update ping. You havent been added to yet another ping list)


12 posted on 09/19/2006 2:59:33 PM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: lowbridge
No, no... "credit where credit is due". You're too good for us now.
You're obligated to start a blog and be obnoxious and self centered to the point of nausea like everyone else.

But seriously, one thing the media has learned to do is not to use Democrat donors listed on the FEC website as their phony dissaffected "Republicans"- like we used to catch them doing in the old days. It takes extra effort like yours to catch them at this old trick.

13 posted on 09/19/2006 2:59:48 PM PDT by mrsmith
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To: lowbridge
"... Don't say they're aligning themselves with the terrorists because they disagree with you. That's un-American.""

Alright. How about because:
- they wanna close Gitmo
- make it harder to interrogate terrorist detainees
- eliminate or otherwise severely hamper NSA international call snooping
- cut 'n run
- prohibit profiling
and on and on it goes...
14 posted on 09/19/2006 3:01:36 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead (At worst the Pope's comments might cause a "war of words" but mohammedans prefer a "war over words".)
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To: lowbridge

bumping for a later read


15 posted on 09/19/2006 3:01:38 PM PDT by Iowa Granny
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To: StayoutdaBushesWay

update (got the transcript of the retraction yet?) :-)


16 posted on 09/19/2006 3:01:39 PM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: lowbridge
WHOOOOO! HOOOO! All our emails paid off. Move over Buckhead, you got company!

Dun dun dun dun The name is Bridge, Low Bridge.

Way to go!

17 posted on 09/19/2006 3:02:15 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Ann Coulter: "I love Freepers!" Told to Freeper eeevil Conservative)
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To: dfwgator

18 posted on 09/19/2006 3:02:43 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: lowbridge

If you got a pinglist you can add me.


19 posted on 09/19/2006 3:03:09 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Ann Coulter: "I love Freepers!" Told to Freeper eeevil Conservative)
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To: TexanToTheCore

You can only call it "fiction" if the folks you're talking to didn't actually see it fresh out of the bull and don't know any better.


20 posted on 09/19/2006 3:03:24 PM PDT by HKMk23 (HEY! It's past 8-22-2006 and that Knickersinawad jerk is overdue! I want Armageddon or a refund!)
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To: mrsmith
You're obligated to start a blog

Already got one of those:

http://bmovies.blogspot.com

and be obnoxious and self centered to the point of nausea like everyone else.

Have you any grey poupon?

21 posted on 09/19/2006 3:04:10 PM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: lowbridge
GMA shilled for the Dems by dredging up Dems masquerading as Republicans??? I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.
22 posted on 09/19/2006 3:04:54 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: lowbridge

The media is still attempting to spin voters and heard them to the RATS in November.


23 posted on 09/19/2006 3:05:24 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey
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To: lowbridge
Rasmussen: "My number one thing is education. Because I think if you solve the education, you fix everything else."

Robin, darling, it's an issue or a cause or a concern. It's not a "thing."

Learn to think for yourself. It's worth it in the long run, if you don't want a life of waiting for DNC position papers to tell you what your opinion is.
24 posted on 09/19/2006 3:05:37 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Jeez, and y'all laugh at Texans.)
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To: lowbridge

We got Reagan from them - I'll take another swap.


25 posted on 09/19/2006 3:07:31 PM PDT by SF Republican
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To: lowbridge

bump


26 posted on 09/19/2006 3:07:56 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Not yet. :-)


27 posted on 09/19/2006 3:08:08 PM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: dfwgator

So, how does the "republican" holding the 'ashamed' sign feel about the other party, I wonder?


28 posted on 09/19/2006 3:10:30 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: lowbridge
"Don't say they're [Democrats] aligning themselves with the terrorists because they disagree with you. That's un-American."

Nobody's said that. Well, I know that I've said that, but I don't think any high-up Republican has ever said that.

29 posted on 09/19/2006 3:11:11 PM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: lowbridge

You, my FRiend are just amazing.
Good on ya!!!!!


30 posted on 09/19/2006 3:13:08 PM PDT by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: Right Wing Assault
So, how does the "republican" holding the 'ashamed' sign feel about the other party, I wonder?

Read for yourself.

31 posted on 09/19/2006 3:14:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AliVeritas; perfect_rovian_storm; dynachrome; freekitty; Waryone; Tinian; jch10; rawcatslyentist; ..

update


32 posted on 09/19/2006 3:14:54 PM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: lowbridge

Great job!

Does GMA know they have been busted?


33 posted on 09/19/2006 3:15:09 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: All

Have to pop off to work now (I work late afternoons/evenings).....later.


34 posted on 09/19/2006 3:15:52 PM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: lowbridge

I have voted Republican since 1984, but I consider myself at various times, a conservative, classical economic liberal, libertarian, and neo-conservative. These folks are simply touchy-feely liberals. They may have voted for a Republican at one point or another, but that is meaningless.

Remember, Diane Sawyer worked along side Ben Stein in the Nixon White House. They gave IQ tests to decide hiring, but averaged Ben's (150)with Diane's (80) to come up with an acceptable average of 115 (somewhat higher than the 2 geniuses Gore and Kerry).


35 posted on 09/19/2006 3:15:52 PM PDT by neocon1984 (end the idiocy of post-modernism)
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To: TexanToTheCore
This is the new dem platform........"time for a change". It fits them so well. They still don't have to take a stand on anything. They just say if you are unhappy with something, anything, well......it's time for a change. Well change it for you. Trust us.
36 posted on 09/19/2006 3:16:46 PM PDT by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
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To: roses of sharon
Does GMA know they have been busted?

As I understand it, they did give a retraction on I think monday morning (I didnt see it). I'm waiting for a transcript.

37 posted on 09/19/2006 3:16:56 PM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: lowbridge
Lowbridge rules! He is the FR Sherlock Holmes at detecting massive fraud by the Drive By Media!


38 posted on 09/19/2006 3:23:38 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: lowbridge

I doubt GMA cares....

anything sensational that falls within their (ABC liberals) agenda doesnt have to be retracted or apologized for...


39 posted on 09/19/2006 3:24:13 PM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: lowbridge

Great job!


40 posted on 09/19/2006 3:26:27 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: lowbridge
GOOD JOB!

A week or two ago, I found the same thing on See B.S. Evening News. The night Rush was on, some kid named byron "my reporting is the" pitts had on what he insinuated was a staunch Republican who is voting Democrat--to make matters even MORE horrid for Bush, the man is a FORMER MARINE!

I did a little digging and whatdya know--the guy is a longtime "Republican" who hates Rumsfeld and the war and thinks Colin Powell hung the moon!

Anyway, congrats on getting noticed! :)

RD

41 posted on 09/19/2006 3:26:41 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of "dependence on government"!)
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To: lowbridge
first of all Robin Roberts is an affirmative action joke.
second the story reminds me of all the stories that the msm used to feature about middle class families down on their luck that had to go on welfare and then understood the plight of the "poor".
third it reminds me of all the letters to the editor at the NYT by "Jews" who were always a supporter of Israel but now are outraged by their policy of -yada yada yada- those writers -if they are Jewish- would be the first to volunteer to be kapos to throw kids into the ovens.
fourth Chris Cuomo makes me puke.
42 posted on 09/19/2006 3:26:48 PM PDT by avile
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To: lowbridge

Kudos....

Don't let fame go to your head .....LOL..

Good Work


43 posted on 09/19/2006 3:27:43 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: lowbridge

actually, everything you now post must be a vanity....

good stuff...well done !


44 posted on 09/19/2006 3:27:51 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: Lekker 1

Liberal psyops and black propoganda exposed!

Expect more of these as the election approaches.

Read, laugh, and flood the polls with conservative voters.

We'll have an enormous Gloat Fest after the Libs take another butt kicking on Election Day.


45 posted on 09/19/2006 3:29:27 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (If DemonRATS are elected they are going to kill Christmas.)
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To: lowbridge

Good job Low!


46 posted on 09/19/2006 3:31:20 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: lowbridge

All hail lowbridge!

Ha! Fake but accurate!


47 posted on 09/19/2006 3:31:50 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: lowbridge
OK this is pretty cool, but I think this might be my favorite work of yours. Of course while looking for that page I found this as well; it's also quite cool.
48 posted on 09/19/2006 3:32:04 PM PDT by xjcsa (John McCain: sacrificing the lives of American women and children to save American soldiers.)
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To: lowbridge

BUMP!!! I remember the original thread. It defintely smelled like a GMA set-up to me, and you went and proved it! GREAT JOB!!


49 posted on 09/19/2006 3:32:34 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: roses of sharon; lowbridge
Update...I've seen GMA yesterday, and Robin put out a brief correction before a comercial break...It was something like "On friday we reported a woman, [name], was a Repoublican. She is in fact, a Democrat." First of all, it was a correction for only 1 of the women, when clearly the other 2 were also Dems. Secondly, the correctio was so brief and lacking in any context, that one had zero clue as to what it was about.

Like I said, the only way GMA could have gotten all three supposed "Republicans turned Democrat" (who were actually real Democrats to begin with) is if GMA specifically did some hand-picking for the story. FESS UP ABC

Everyone knows, once you go Republican, you don't go back

50 posted on 09/19/2006 3:38:22 PM PDT by right-wingin_It
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