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HEWITT: I BLEW IT (clinton/Dole "Debate")
New York Post ^ | 3/11/03 | MICHAEL STARR

Posted on 03/10/2003 11:42:29 PM PST by kattracks

Edited on 05/26/2004 5:12:35 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

March 11, 2003 -- IF you were left cold by Sunday night's hotly anticipated "60 Minutes" showdown between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, you weren't alone.

"60 Minutes" chief Don Hewitt wasn't happy, either, and said he thought Dole needs work - and that the feature will have to be juiced up a bit.


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1 posted on 03/10/2003 11:42:29 PM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
They could try putting an outspoken Conservative in the spot....I'd even pay good money to watch Ann Coulter take on HillBilly. Dole is a RINO and no match for Clinton. Perhaps their ratings will tank. I'll do my part.
2 posted on 03/10/2003 11:48:43 PM PST by ETERNAL WARMING
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To: kattracks
From what I heard on Larson Live Monday morning, Clinton just rehashed the same old tired Democrat Talking Points while managing to bite his lower lip a few times; Dole wasn't much better, coming off stiff as a board.

...Perhaps they should have pitted Slick Willie against Ann Coulter-now THAT would've have been fireworks!

-Regards, T.
3 posted on 03/10/2003 11:49:28 PM PST by T Lady (.Freed From the Dimocratic Shackles since 1992)
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To: kattracks
I heard that Hewitt wanted Rush to go opposite Stainboy, but the impeached one vetoed that idea. Then it was going to be Newt Gingrich. clinton nixed that, too. clinton's a p**** at heart.
4 posted on 03/10/2003 11:50:10 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ;)
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To: kattracks
Hewitt criticized Dole by saying that it wasn't clear what he was talking about. As a committed liberal, Hewitt probably had difficulty stomaching the conservative argument. The simple fact is that we're fighting two wars- one abroad against terrorism and rogue nations, the second is here domestically where we're fighting a down economy. The way to do the latter is through economic stimulus by way of tax cuts. That's precisely what Dole said. If Hewitt has difficulty with this, due to senility or other reasons, perhaps 60 minutes should accelerate their transition and get a new producer.
5 posted on 03/10/2003 11:54:07 PM PST by jagrmeister
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To: Jeff Chandler
Of course! Only going up against someone he knows he has beaten and could beat again. How very convenient!

The typical Democ'RAT way.

-Regards, T.
7 posted on 03/10/2003 11:56:19 PM PST by T Lady (.Freed From the Dimocratic Shackles since 1992)
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To: ETERNAL WARMING
With an 11.6/20, "60 Minutes" was the night's highest rated program, winning the 7 p.m. hour for CBS

Maybe the novelty of the bent one will wear off over the next few weeks and the ratings will plummet, but I think 60 minutes always does good in the ratings.
8 posted on 03/10/2003 11:56:21 PM PST by StayoutdaBushesWay
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To: ETERNAL WARMING
The whole idea is PATHETIC.

As an x-president Clinton should be (ob)scene and not heard.

Dole should simply retire into viagra heaven.

What a disaster. What a disgrace.

9 posted on 03/10/2003 11:57:31 PM PST by rundy
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To: kattracks
Hewitt is a real gem. Dole could be room temperature and still win a debate with a perjurer, a suborner of perjury, an obstructor of justice, a facilitator of espionage, a rapist, a philanderer and on and on. Hewitt is appologizing for Dole not being up to a debate with Clinton. He should be appologizing for Clinton not being up to the level of just a common traitor. That being his only problem it might give him some credibility in some quarters. As it is, he has no credibility in any quarter. What sensibility of a person with even degenerate morals has Clinton not offended? Now Hewitt puts him on the tube.

What this is all about is Hewitt making a back door compliment to Clinton that Dole just wasn't up to Clinton's amazing debate style. Gag me Don. And ---- you for even considering this you... (I could go on, what would it matter) The Clinton circle of jerks offends me on every level.

10 posted on 03/11/2003 12:00:57 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Are you going Freeps Ahoy! Don't miss the boat. Er ship...)
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To: kattracks
"Clinton is Clinton - he's very smooth and there's no question that when he gets through, you know what he said," Hewitt said.

Except for that word, "is". And because everything out of his mouth is a LIE!

11 posted on 03/11/2003 12:01:09 AM PST by kcvl
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To: T Lady
Dole wasn't much better, coming off stiff as a board.

Yep. Viagra.

12 posted on 03/11/2003 12:01:25 AM PST by HAL9000
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To: rundy
What a disaster. What a disgrace.

As was planned. I hated Alan Keye's program on MSNBC but if CBS was serious about hving a "debate" forum, Alan would have been an ideal sparring partner for Clinton but, that assumes that CBS really wanted Clinton challanged.

13 posted on 03/11/2003 12:01:29 AM PST by Texasforever
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To: ETERNAL WARMING
I wanted Newt to lace the bent one. Hewitt knew whom to pick, to aid and abet the socialist creeps by serving up a weak opponent.
14 posted on 03/11/2003 12:01:50 AM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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To: kattracks
I don't think Dole really came to grips in the manner that he's famous for in his response to Clinton, and we're going to try to plug those holes."
Hewitt said Dole "knows he can do better - he called me and said, 'I don't think I was as sharp as I could have been.'
"Clinton is Clinton - he's very smooth and there's no question that when he gets through, you know what he said," Hewitt said.

He only complains about Dole??

Why do I get the feeling this is a set up?

I can see the headlines now ..
The Big Bad VRWC attacks Clinton again

15 posted on 03/11/2003 12:05:56 AM PST by Mo1 (RALLY FOR AMERICA - VALLEY FORGE,PA MARCH 16, 2003 1:00 PM)
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To: kattracks
They should even things up, and put Dole against Gore. That would be fair. The current matchup is like night and day, like Hannity and Colmes!
16 posted on 03/11/2003 12:07:59 AM PST by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: kattracks
HEWITT: I BLEW IT

Now, I thought that was Monica's "job"......;-)

17 posted on 03/11/2003 12:09:29 AM PST by auboy
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To: kattracks
I hope we won't hear that Hewitt will be Bill's intern.
18 posted on 03/11/2003 12:10:47 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: kattracks; snopercod; joanie-f
If Hewett wants to improve the ratings, he should have Al Sharpton opposing Bill Clinton.
19 posted on 03/11/2003 12:20:38 AM PST by First_Salute
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To: kattracks
Sheesh, OldBob is 149 years old - what did they expect?

They expected the old coot to be overmatched by the Slickmeister, and that's what they got.

OldBob "I need Viagra to get the blood flowing" Dole is exactly the image of anti-Clinton they want. And the Stupid Party didn't seem to object much, did it?

20 posted on 03/11/2003 12:23:52 AM PST by Hank Rearden (Dick Gephardt. Before he dicks you.)
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To: Mo1
"Clinton is Clinton - he's very smooth and there's no question that when he gets through, you know what he said," Hewitt said.

You may know what he said but that does nothing to help the istener know if it is believable. The man lies under oath, lies on camera, and cries on cue.

Since they are not competing for (re)election, there should be a competition in the debates. Only pay the winner (best 6 out of 10) of the debates. Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan, Lyndon LaRouche, and Ross Perot are the judges (a committee of also-ran presidential candidates).

21 posted on 03/11/2003 12:27:41 AM PST by weegee
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To: Jeff Chandler
Me thinks it's time to blitz Hewitt.

Now, Let's go to the Non-BS Bullpen video tape...

Rush, are you ready to throw some leftist bubba bent "tennis balls" thru the garden hose for Ms.Flower's...consumption?

Oopps...That's another "I blew it" story.
22 posted on 03/11/2003 12:29:49 AM PST by Mustang (Evil Thrives When Good People Do Nothing!)
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To: Hank Rearden
I didn't watch. I don't watch See BS or the Big Creep. That said, I think that the genius behind this segment was hoping for the "funny" Bob Dole who appeared on David Letterman's show, who made commercials for Pepsi and Viagra cocktails. Well, you get the drift.

The audience doesn't have to agree with or like Andy Rooney to tune in to see what the lil' nutter will say. That was probably what they were going for here. Clinton was See BS's "voice of reason" and the other guy was just too dry to be entertaining.

23 posted on 03/11/2003 12:32:24 AM PST by weegee
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To: kattracks
"It's all about the words," Hewitt said. "I'm one of the few guys in television who realized a lot of years ago that this is a business about words - not necessarily about pictures."

what an egotistical idiot...

24 posted on 03/11/2003 7:12:12 AM PST by danneskjold
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To: kattracks
Not one of these three people should have anything to do with telling Americans anything anymore.

Bill Clinton should be in jail and Hewitt and Dole should be at the Dog Track.

25 posted on 03/11/2003 7:54:45 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: kattracks
You have me confused, Don.

Confused with someone who gives a $hit what Bob Dole and Slick Willie think about anything!
26 posted on 03/11/2003 8:07:31 AM PST by Taxman
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To: T Lady
...Perhaps they should have pitted Slick Willie against Ann Coulter-now THAT would've have been fireworks!

I don't think Clinton would go for that. Ann has no absolutely no interest in having "sexual relations" with him.

27 posted on 03/11/2003 8:10:47 AM PST by jpl
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To: kattracks
Read my lips: Neal Boortz.
28 posted on 03/11/2003 8:12:32 AM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: kattracks
"We're going to make sure it looks like more of a confrontation next time," Hewitt told The Post yesterday.

Notice the language. They only want it to look more like a confrontation. They do not say that they actually want it to be one.

29 posted on 03/11/2003 8:21:02 AM PST by Fraulein
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To: jpl
'Nuff said. Besides, she's far too advanced in the cranium and has her facts lined up like ducks in a row.

-Regards, T.
30 posted on 03/11/2003 8:52:31 AM PST by T Lady (.Freed From the Dimocratic Shackles since 1992)
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To: kattracks
May this whole STUPID idea die a horrible, lingering death......

Hewitt obviously has scabs on his knees from his participation the Clintoon Kneepad Club.....

31 posted on 03/11/2003 8:54:54 AM PST by RooRoobird14
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To: kattracks
Xlinton already has beaten Dole when it counted.

Get someone else.

32 posted on 03/11/2003 8:56:17 AM PST by Jim Noble
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To: kattracks
"Clinton is Clinton - he's very smooth and there's no question that when he gets through, you know what he said," Hewitt said.

What I really love about Don Hewitt is his sense of humor.

33 posted on 03/11/2003 8:58:54 AM PST by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: skeeter
Replace Dole ASAP. Here's some good options:

1) Rush
2) Newt
3) Ann
4) Juanita
34 posted on 03/11/2003 9:02:26 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: kattracks
I've said it before: this is CBS' war by proxy against the Bush administration, just like President Bartlett is MSNBC's war by proxy against the Bush administration. Bob Dull is serving as a representative of the Bushite point of view, and as much as he and everybody will go on record to deny it, that is how, like it or not, he will be SEEN by the audience. What a perfect patsy for a smooth talking used car salesman!
35 posted on 03/11/2003 9:03:11 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Someone left the cake out in the rain I dont think that I can take it coz it took so long to bake it)
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To: kattracks
Bob, I voted for you, and would have again. Do me a favor and not allow these greasy shlockmeisters the opportunity to make mock of your gravitas. Please don't do any more of these debates.
36 posted on 03/11/2003 9:08:21 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: kattracks
"Clinton is Clinton - he's very smooth and there's no question that when he gets through, you know what he said," Hewitt said.

Really? Can Clinton make a lucent point in 45 seconds or less?

37 posted on 03/11/2003 9:20:36 AM PST by hattend
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To: hattend
"Clinton is Clinton - he's very smooth and there's no question that when he gets through, you know what he said," Hewitt said.

... you know only what you think he said - Just where does Hewitt think the term Clintonesque caome from ?

38 posted on 03/11/2003 7:06:01 PM PST by RS
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To: kattracks
Hey Hewitt! The segment was awful and Dole let the Felon get away with his usual lying rants right out of the RAT playbook. It was what we have come to expect from the 60 Minutes gang with you in the lead and Dangerous Dan the obnoxious leftist mouthpiece.

You have to read the book, "Bias" now out in paperback, for a clear view of RAT-her by Bernie Goldberg, fired by CBS for telling the truth.

39 posted on 03/11/2003 7:49:15 PM PST by Paulus Invictus (Coke make)
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