Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

January 23, 2004

by V

When they're right, they're right

I haven't found much to praise in The Note lately, but I appreciated this reality check from them yesterday to their colleagues in the media:

ABCNEWS.com : The Note
On the Today show today, Katie played Monday's Dean speech 3 times (from late night show bits) for Chris Matthews, who said that he had played it FOUR times on Hardball!!!

Leno and Letterman, one time each last night.

On GMA, only once. And we contextualized it. So there.

One thing we gotta mention: Dean is SMILING when he yelps. He's not yelping in anger. So stop, fellow media world, saying that he was angry when he was yelping.
(I would point to the archived version of yesterday's Note, but their archives are many days behind the front page. Hey ABC, need someone to work on your website for ya? I know some people. It's not like you're part of a major multinational or anything.)
Posted by V at January 23, 2004 07:21 AM

This is so frippin' true. I cannot believe all the pundits who are calling this an "explosion" and the like. Have any of them ever been to a political rally?

I almost wonder if they were expecting him to drop out that night.

A good video of the view from the Iowa crowd can be found at: http://www.idiomstudio.com/

Posted by: Squelch at January 23, 2004 02:44 PM

For what it's worth, I've stopped reading The Note, after I started choking on the pointing-and-giggling in the high school bathroom stench of it all.

I also got tired a long time ago of Halperin's constant whining that Dean wasn't getting 'enough scrutiny.' Umm, 1) Which of the Dems was getting more scrutiny? 2) Are the Republican candidates getting even close to the same amount of scrutiny? (I would argue an emphatic no. Not even close.) And 3) Now that you have scrutinized Dean, pray tell, what of substance have you found? Gosh-golly-gee, scratch Dean, and you just get ... more Dean-ness.

So, I'll pull a Babs Bush-to-Franken on The Note for awhile and declare that I'm through with them (except for occasional glances) -- probably until the nominee is decided.

[Uh, not that anyone cares, but this is my weblog, so... ;-) ]

Posted by: J at January 23, 2004 02:47 PM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

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