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CBS News Fearful Kerry Comments Will Mobilize the GOP Base
Newsbusters ^ | November 1, 2006 | Michael Rule

Posted on 11/02/2006 9:42:36 AM PST by meg88

CBS Fearful Kerry Comments Will Mobilize GOP Base

Wednesday’s "Early Show" on CBS highlighted Senator John Kerry’s disparaging remarks about the American military in three separate segments, but instead of expressing outrage at Kerry’s comments, CBS seemed more concerned that the Republicans may use them for political gain in the midterm elections.

While CBS omitted mentions that some Democrats have refused to campaign with Kerry and others have asked that he apologize, the network pondered if the outrage expressed by Republicans was an effort to "fire up the base" or simply a "desperate" attempt to change the subject.

Co-host Hannah Storm inquired of White House Press Secretary Tony Snow if President Bush’s demand that Kerry apologize to the troops was genuine or:

"...Is this an effort to get out the conservative, fire up the base and get the vote out in advance of next week's election?"

In the weekly "Capitol Bob" segment, Harry Smith asked Bob Schieffer:

"Did John Kerry give the Republicans a gift or is the White House so desperate to divert attention from the failing policy in Iraq?"

Schieffer conceded this gaffe was a gift from John Kerry, but cautioned:

"Now, how far this goes and where it goes from here, it's hard to say. But at least they've [Republicans] managed to change the conversation for a day."

But who will play a role in determining where this story goes? The media, of course. Will they follow up their reports with news that Democrats have urged Kerry to apologize or have cancelled appearances with him? Apparently not as the only mention of this subject on this morning’s "Early Show" came from Tony Snow in replying to a question from Hannah Storm:

Hannah Storm: "Mr. Snow, some Republican candidates are distancing themselves from the president and his Iraq policy. Some of them are going so far as to call for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation. What does the president think of candidates in his own party making such a public break from the White House?"

Tony Snow: "You mean like the two Democrats who have cancelled appearances today with John Kerry? I think both guys understand that in a political season, people can make political decisions. What the president wants is a Republican Congress and he's doing everything he can to make sure that it stays that way."

Now it is reasonable to say Hannah Storm had no reason to bring it up as she was conversing with a member of the Bush administration regarding the administration policies and political outlook. But, why were these developments ignored by Bill Plante, Bob Schieffer, and Harry Smith?


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; doasearch; duplicatepost; johnkerry; kerry; kerrykalamity; lurch; stuckiniraq; traitorouskerry; vanity
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1 posted on 11/02/2006 9:42:37 AM PST by meg88
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To: meg88
While CBS omitted mentions that some Democrats

wth does this mean?
2 posted on 11/02/2006 9:44:18 AM PST by billybudd
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To: meg88

I personally don't think it will have a significant effect on the race.

However, if the GOP retains control, then Kerry will be the scapegoat.


3 posted on 11/02/2006 9:44:25 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: meg88
Hannah Storm: "Mr. Snow, some Republican candidates are distancing themselves from the president and his Iraq policy. Some of them are going so far as to call for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation. What does the president think of candidates in his own party making such a public break from the White House?"

Tony Snow: "You mean like the two Democrats who have cancelled appearances today with John Kerry? I think both guys understand that in a political season, people can make political decisions. What the president wants is a Republican Congress and he's doing everything he can to make sure that it stays that way."

SLAY THE BEASTS TONY!

4 posted on 11/02/2006 9:45:34 AM PST by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: meg88

I'd be willing to be a lot of money that Hannah Storm(whose first name is a palindrome unlike Bolton) has never voted for a Republican.

"A fair question, and one that's been much on my mind."

Apologies to Monty Python.


5 posted on 11/02/2006 9:45:37 AM PST by RexBeach
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To: Brilliant
However, if the GOP retains control, then Kerry will be the scapegoat.

And he can go back to being the unaccomplished junior senator from Massachusetts.

6 posted on 11/02/2006 9:46:12 AM PST by My2Cents (The Democrat Party's '06 platform: Offering a "Suicide Pact With America.")
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To: My2Cents

and he'll go back to MA in his G5.


7 posted on 11/02/2006 9:47:44 AM PST by sappy
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To: RexBeach

Hannah is blaming John Kerry for firing up the GOP base, lol! She should stick to womens sports on NBC...IMO


8 posted on 11/02/2006 9:48:24 AM PST by meg88
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To: RexBeach
Hannah Storm(whose first name is a palindrome...)

A man a plan a canal...

I wonder if her first job was as a clerk at the Yreka Bakery.

9 posted on 11/02/2006 9:48:28 AM PST by My2Cents (The Democrat Party's '06 platform: Offering a "Suicide Pact With America.")
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To: Brilliant


This will have about as much effect on the race as gay marriage had in 2004. That is to say "none." As usual, American citizens will tell pollsters what they think they want to hear, and then will vote for the candidate who they think is most likely to protect them and their family from being blown up by Muslims. Afterwards, the Democratic party will further weaken itself by making John Kerry a scapegoat, instead of focusing on "why they (the electorate) hate us."


10 posted on 11/02/2006 9:48:32 AM PST by presidio9 (Make Mohammed's day: Shoot a nun in the back.)
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To: meg88
CBS? Why is the Connecticut Board of Safety getting involved in this?
11 posted on 11/02/2006 9:48:38 AM PST by DogBarkTree (The United States failure to act against Iran will be seen as weakness throughout the Muslim world.)
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To: Brilliant
I personally don't think it will have a significant effect on the race.

I won't take a position on that. But I will say that 2 weeks ago, the MSM was very confident and couldn't stop crowing about the Democrat takeover that was coming. Now, the MSM is desperately writing stories with reasons why the takeover may not happen.

I want the GOP to gain seats. I don't care about the root causes.

12 posted on 11/02/2006 9:49:35 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: meg88

The Nashville Tennessean defended John Kerry and his remarks on their editorial page this morning. I'd post it, but the Tennessean can't be linked on Free Republic because of a "copyright" case.

The Nashville Tennessean is probably Harold Ford Jr.'s biggest media supporter. So, I'm wondering.

Will Harold Ford Jr. ask the Nashville Tennessean to apologize to the troops ?


13 posted on 11/02/2006 9:51:40 AM PST by colonel mosby
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To: meg88

What the US Army recruiting poster under "President" Kerry would look like:

Our brave warriors n Irak respond to Jon Carry"


Kerry is no different re his hatred of a strong America and our warriors than 99.9% of the rats in congress. Every rat running for election should have to face a copy of this banner everytime they show their treasonous faces. Pelosi, Murtha, Clintoon, Boxer, Kennedy, Durbin, Levin, Rangle, Reid and other rats in congress hate our military and a strong America. Just look at their voting records the past two years as President Bush pointed out this week.

Kerry is shown leading his fellow hate America and our military Rats to their final destination in American Politics:

Vote against all traitors this election day. Support our troops and their CIC, President Bush.

14 posted on 11/02/2006 9:52:31 AM PST by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: meg88

When the Republicans hold on to both houses of Congress in the up comming election the MSM now has an excuse as to why their reporting was flat wrong. They will blame it on Kerry. He was the unknown factor in the election. Bwahahahahahahahaha.


15 posted on 11/02/2006 9:54:28 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: meg88

bumpity bump for later


16 posted on 11/02/2006 9:55:30 AM PST by JerseyDvl ("If you attack Americans, we'll defend your right to do it."- The Democrat Party)
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To: meg88
Rush had this on his show yesterday from CNN. Bold is mine.

...During a segment called "What Kerry Meant" -- they actually had a segment on CNN last night called "What Kerry Meant" -- a CNN reporterette slips up, Suzanne Malveaux, and admits that the media hopes this story goes away in a day.

MALVEAUX: We hope and we think that all of this is going to go away tomorrow, but we'll just have to wait and see.

ZAHN: Oh, I don't know whether we can count on that or not.

17 posted on 11/02/2006 9:55:43 AM PST by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: meg88

Kerry doesn't even come close to matching CBS' own accomplishments in this area, most notably the amateurish forged memo which they swallowed hook, line, and sinker and proceeded to tout as real long after everybody else in the country knew otherwise. At least Kerry managed to draw a response from the White House. During Memogate, Bush and the White House spokes-folks just played dumb and barely managed to restrain themselves from bursting out laughing, as the parallel investigations by CBS and the pajama brigade into the memo's authenticity proceeded through a circus of media coverage.


18 posted on 11/02/2006 9:58:28 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: colonel mosby
I'd post it, but the Tennessean can't be linked on Free Republic because of a "copyright" case.

Tennessean Editorial: 'Truth in Kerry's Remark

19 posted on 11/02/2006 9:58:34 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: Brilliant
I personally don't think it will have a significant effect on the race.

Awfully hard to gage this...

20 posted on 11/02/2006 10:00:44 AM PST by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: frogjerk

Tony Snow bump!

("Holy Genghis Khan, Crapman!")


21 posted on 11/02/2006 10:04:01 AM PST by talleyman (Kerry & the Surrender-Donkey Treasoncrats - trashing the troops for 40 years.)
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To: meg88

For once THEY ARE right!! It has MOBILIZed THE BASE!!!


22 posted on 11/02/2006 10:05:13 AM PST by pollywog (Psalm 44:5 "Put your HOPE in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.")
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To: meg88
[ CBS Fearful Kerry Comments Will Mobilize GOP Base ]

NOT mentioned or even thought about is that it might mobilize not a few democrats TOO...
BWAHAHAHAHA...

Even some democrats can line up dominoes..

23 posted on 11/02/2006 10:07:25 AM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole.)
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To: meg88

If Kerry wants laughs he should stick to duck hunting.


24 posted on 11/02/2006 10:08:27 AM PST by WestTexasWend (NO OIL FOR APPEASERS)
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To: frogjerk

Tony Snow deserves some credit for Kerry's shooting himself in the foot. If Tony hadn't hit him hard at that morning press briefing Kerry would not have shown his true egotistical self with his "I apologize to no one" comments. The media did not want to cover this story but they were dragged into it.


25 posted on 11/02/2006 10:10:20 AM PST by faq
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To: meg88
the network pondered if the outrage expressed by Republicans was an effort to "fire up the base" or simply a "desperate" attempt to change the subject.

It's both.

Let's say you're watching a football game. The Donkeys have the ball on the 5 yard line, and are up by 5, with 30 seconds left. Then a Donkeys player fumbles the ball. A player for The Elephants picks up the ball and runs 10 yards, 20 yards, 50 yards, 80 yards. It looks like he could go all the way.

At that point, the play-by-play announcer quips: "Is this a desperate attempt to fire up the crowd, or an obvious attempt to score the points needed to win the crowd?"

The correct response from the color commentator would be "Bob, you're a total dumbass." But, that's the difference between sportscasting and news "reporting".
26 posted on 11/02/2006 10:11:51 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority (Kerry's Joke Insulted The Wrong People In The Wrong War At the Wrong Time)
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To: meg88

OMG, is this true? I thought Rove was trying to divert attention from falling gas prices by shoving a microphone in front of John Kerry.


27 posted on 11/02/2006 10:13:28 AM PST by OESY
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To: RexBeach

Personally, I would like to nail 'er 'ead to the floor.


28 posted on 11/02/2006 10:17:18 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: billybudd

Though awkwardly phrased it is pretty clear what was intended. RATs fleeing from Kerry are not mentioned by the Treason Media.


29 posted on 11/02/2006 10:18:38 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: Brilliant
I personally don't think it will have a significant effect on the race.

It means all the difference in the world. You have to consider what the "news" coverage WOULD HAVE BEEN the last several days if not for this story. If the Republicans aren't humping little boys like Mark Foley, they're mocking the terminally ill, like Rush Limbaugh. Now, for some odd reason, the topic has been changed to the completely irrelevant "what is the role of the United States Military in a post-911 world?" Though the Dems would want you to believe the topic is simply "Can John Kerry tell a joke properly?"

Also, it puts a face on the anti-Democrat efforts. The Dems use George W. Bush to concentrate their anti-Republican efforts. I've seen more pics of George W Bush being used by the Dems in campaign ads than the actual people who are running. The Republicans have tried to use Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, et al, but most people don't know who they are and plus they've gone into hiding.

Also, this election is going to be ALL about TURNOUT. Plain and simple, the team that gets the most people to the polls wins. If as many people vote against Kerry in 2006 as voted against Kerry in 2004, the Republicans will pick up 50 seats.
30 posted on 11/02/2006 10:21:30 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority (Kerry's Joke Insulted The Wrong People In The Wrong War At the Wrong Time)
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To: Brilliant
I personally don't think it will have a significant effect on the race.

It sure will. The midterm elections are often won by very few (dozens, hundreds) votes.
31 posted on 11/02/2006 10:22:20 AM PST by msnimje (You simply cannot be Christian and Pro-Abortion.)
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To: RexBeach
"A fair question, and one that's been much on my mind."

"It is my opinion that Harold has been teaching those sheep to fly."

32 posted on 11/02/2006 10:27:01 AM PST by 50sDad (The GOP dumped Foley, the Dems kept Clinton. See the difference?)
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To: 50sDad

"Notice the great difficulty they have in the relatively simple task of perchin.'"


33 posted on 11/02/2006 10:28:20 AM PST by RexBeach
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To: ClearCase_guy

Me too!


Nancee


34 posted on 11/02/2006 10:29:01 AM PST by Nancee
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To: meg88

I know that people are swayed by the daily happenings in the media but give me a break.

If people would educate themselves they would let themselves fall victim to TV AD's and daily news gaffs.

People need to study the issues, understand where people stand, and vote for you beliefs.

Anything else is just stupid and feeds into the belief that there are too many "sheep" out there voting.


35 posted on 11/02/2006 10:37:46 AM PST by Almondjoy
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To: meg88

John Kerry's comments have given CBS "the buckwheats"!


36 posted on 11/02/2006 10:42:58 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: silverleaf

John Kerry: "If you can graduate with a 'Gentleman's C' average, marry a rich heiress and then a rich widow, and not say anything too revoltingly nasty about our dumbass troops, you can do well. Ooops, I've stepped in it again!"


37 posted on 11/02/2006 11:45:47 AM PST by Enchante (There are 3 kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and the Drive-By Media)
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To: Almondjoy

" and feeds into the belief that there are too many "sheep" out there voting."

i think this is more in the category of a fact rather than a belief. People who vote based on whether the candidate acts 'presidential' in a debate, how he looks, without gram zero of understanding of a single issue being discussed.

It is quite scary, really.


38 posted on 11/02/2006 12:03:43 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: WoofDog123

SCARY is right!!!


Nancee


39 posted on 11/02/2006 12:07:43 PM PST by Nancee
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To: WoofDog123

Well no doubt there are "sheep" I was referring to the pereception of the amount of them.


40 posted on 11/02/2006 1:47:09 PM PST by Almondjoy
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To: meg88

I love Tony Snow. He always has a great comeback for these lying leeches of the left.


41 posted on 11/02/2006 1:51:48 PM PST by Palladin (Vote for Rick Santorum, a true prolife conservative!)
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To: meg88

The news for the last few weeks has been a constant litany of how the Democrats might take back the House or the Democrats might take the Senate. If that wasn't enough to fire up the GOP base before this then the base wasn't fire-uppable.


42 posted on 11/02/2006 1:56:30 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: meg88

The GOP base was not immobilized as CBS and the other leftist networks would have us believe.

And Kerry's comment was not a "flap." Kerry has been saying such things for many years. Like all wealthy socialists he hates the military because the military represents national security, patriotism, and love of country.

Democrats cannot talk about their agenda because their agenda is to continue to socialize America. Liberals in both parties are the real enemies of America, not terrorists.


43 posted on 11/02/2006 2:30:18 PM PST by R.W.Ratikal
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To: Almondjoy

i would bet it is at least 25% of the voting public. The number of people who answer 'undecided' weeks or a few months before presidential elections, or who say the debates will help them decide who to vote for, should be indicative of that. THESE are the people dirty tricks, such as the bush dui leak in 2000 or the attempted use of forged documents in 2004, or even the current time magazine cover (I saw it in the bookstore today, and was amazed they are so brazen with such a negative visual a week before elections), are directed at.


44 posted on 11/02/2006 3:18:57 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: My2Cents

I think he should resign.


45 posted on 11/02/2006 3:27:49 PM PST by tiki
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To: WoofDog123

I've never trusted anyone who claims to be "undecided," especially this late in a campaign. It's not an indication of independent thought, but an indication of lack of convictions.


46 posted on 11/02/2006 3:29:53 PM PST by My2Cents (The Democrat Party's '06 platform: Offering a "Suicide Pact With America.")
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To: tiki

For the record, so do I. But his arrogance will not allow him to. So, I'll settle for him stewing in his dead-end job, thinking that he would have been president, if....


47 posted on 11/02/2006 3:31:21 PM PST by My2Cents (The Democrat Party's '06 platform: Offering a "Suicide Pact With America.")
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To: My2Cents

"It's not an indication of independent thought, but an indication of lack of convictions."

or arguably in some cases a lack of any basic understanding of the candidates, parties, or issues beyond which party is the donkey and which is the elephant.

There are some frighteningly ignorant citizens out there voting in our elections.


48 posted on 11/02/2006 4:25:25 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: colonel mosby

Ah yes, the Nashville Tennessean, otherwise affectionally known as "The Morning Worker", at least when I lived in the area some 20 years ago.


49 posted on 11/02/2006 4:31:29 PM PST by Marathoner
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To: meg88

They should be afraid - very afraid! LOL


50 posted on 11/02/2006 4:32:16 PM PST by tioga (Jon Carry is a pompous fool.)
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