Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

March 31, 2004

by J

CNN Liars

So, this is interesting. I'm pulling this sequence of events from comments at two dKos diaries (1, 2).

Two nights ago, David Letterman apparently ran some clips from a Bush speech that showed a young kid yawning and fidgeting while Bush droned on. Dave made some fun about Bush invigorating youth or something.

Last night, he ran clips of CNN anchors saying that the White House called them and told them the clips were fake. Letterman said "That is an out and out, absolute, 100% lie."

Then CNN retracts and says they never heard from the White House, that they screwed up. (One commenter over at Kos found links to CSPAN coverage that has that particular kid in it.)

What in the world is going on? Is the White House that touchy? Did they call CNN? If so, why did CNN later claim they didn't? If not, why did CNN claim that they did?

In the words of Atriosians: Jeebus.
Posted by J at March 31, 2004 06:17 AM

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