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Tuesday, June 10, 2003


And they blame the Governor

posted by Matt Singer at Tuesday, June 10, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The TNR Primary (in the form of Jason Zengerle) sees fit to blame Dean for trying elbow Bob Graham down to the minors. Now, as people have noted here and elsewhere, Dean and Graham have typically been rather kind to eachother. This isn't a one-way street as Zengerle would have us believe.

So why would Dean say that he's the only major candidate running for President who opposed the war? Maybe it is because the media, TNR included, constantly makes it sound that way. Chris Matthews feels like picking on an anti-war candidate -- does he go after Graham? Kucinich? Sharpton? Mosely Braun?

No. He attacks Dean.

Eliot Spitzer is saying anti-war Dems can't win. Who does he single out?

Hmmm. Dean again.

And yet, Dean is the one who gets blamed for simply acknowledging what the media already decided.

Maybe the media should own up, instead of attacking, when they're responsible.

Shame on Zengerle and shame on TNR for attacking Dean but not the rest of the media.


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