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Friday, January 30, 2004


Diane Sawyer Gets Religion

posted by Amanda at Friday, January 30, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
A quick post -- courtesy of John and Tom on the Zonkboard -- about Diane Sawyer's recent (yesterday) review of the media's treatment of the "I Have a Scream" speech.

In short, Diane gets many network bigwigs to admit that they blew it way out of proportion and didn't put the speech in context -- i.e. Dean had to shout to be heard over the roar of 3000+ supporters. A fact that many of us who were there, including many reporters, knew all along.

A rare case indeed to have the mainstream media admit they made a big blunder. Perhaps we should write this date on our calendars...

Read the story here; watch the segment here.


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