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September 2, 2004
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Bozell: Don't Believe The Myth of Democratic “Politeness” in Boston

Harsh Speeches in July Drew Raves from Network Anchors

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     ALEXANDRIA, Va. --- Media Research Center President Brent Bozell offered this response to Wednesday night’s prime-time Republican National Convention coverage:

     “There is nothing funnier than the network spinners today trying to suggest, as ABC’s Charles Gibson did this morning, that Democrats might now question their ‘politeness’ to President Bush at their convention. Which convention did they watch? Were they in Boston, or some other city? To them, Democrat-bashing speeches are harshly negative and unfair, but equally Republican-bashing speeches are simply unifying and energizing.

     “They must have missed Jimmy Carter in Boston. Carter said unlike Bush, Kerry ‘showed up’ for Vietnam. He said Kerry would ‘restore maturity and judgment’ to the White House. He said Bush has an ‘unbroken series of mistakes and miscalculations.’ But CNN’s Aaron Brown said ‘It's hard to imagine shrill and Jimmy Carter in the same sentence.’

     “They must have missed Al Sharpton’s speech, when Sharpton implied President Bush would have been a racist segregationist 50 years ago. Peter Jennings began ABC’s prime-time coverage by showing an excerpt and hailing the Bush-trashing address: ‘This convention hall tonight has been energized...by a truly turned-on preacher.’

     “Remarkably, for the first time ever, initial ratings reports show Fox News Channel drew a larger audience than the big-time broadcast news operations. The media elite will quickly suggest it’s due to the conservative slant of Fox. That’s wrong. It is the liberal slant of the others, driving millions of viewers away to find a less Kerry-boosting alternative.”


• MRC President L. Brent Bozell III is the author of Weapons of Mass Distortion: The Coming Meltdown of the Liberal News Media


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