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Monday, September 08, 2003


Sour Note

posted by Trammell at Monday, September 08, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Okay, I love The Note, but this is a load of crap:
We're thinking of the political press's ability to resist treating Howard Dean like the Second Coming; the foreign press's unwillingness to let California reporters ask any questions at Schwarzenegger press conferences; and all these Democratic strategists wringing their hands about how and whether to attack Howard Dean.
Umm, the Second Coming of what? McGovern? Sure, we've had some good press lately, but we have fought for it -- and fought hard. Of all sources, The Note knows this quite well.
We have no clue what will cause Howard Dean to ever be held to the same standard for consistency, clarity, and accuracy as the other leading Democratic presidential candidates, but whatever it's going to take hasn't kicked in yet.
Are the other candidates being held to some standard that we are not? Most of the articles I've read lately have been taking us to task -- or at the least regurgitating the talking points from our rivals -- on various inconsistencies and/or shifts in position. And then, the example they use is.....
Saturday, standing side by side with Gray Davis, Dean asserted that the White House was involved in orchestrating and pushing the California recall effort. Later, under questioning, Dean admitted that he had no evidence but that it simply was the kind of thing he believed the White House habitually does.

The Note is breathless.
Now, come on! As I pointed out here last Thursday, the "Four R's" talking points for ALL the Dem candidates has been reported, by no less than Bill Schneider of Inside Politics. Was The Note napping? Further, Dean really said no more and no less than Davis has said, than Clinton has said, than many other Dems have said, and will continue to say, for some time to come. But election season campaign rhetoric aside, why is The Note "breathless?" Dean made the statement, and then was asked by a reporter to clarify -- so where is the "special" treatment? I guess when it comes to Dean, The Note, for reasons unknowable, was just having a bad hair day -- but certainly this Note is hardly on key.

UPDATE: I was going to cross-post this at DDF but having tech issues. You can write The Note at just to let them know we are reading and watching and we expect a much higher quality of them than almost anyone because we respect them so much. Just like the press with Dean of late, we hold them to a higher standard.


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