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Tuesday, February 10, 2004


The Path The Media Is Taking To Stop Howard Dean: John Kerry?,7497,1144464,00.html

posted by Heath at Tuesday, February 10, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
If there was ever more reason to keep fighting for Howard Dean, it's spelled out in this article by the Read it. Read what some of us have been suspecting with a knot in our stomach ever since Howard Dean announced again that he would work to re-regulate the media on Hardball. That announcement, however, was the first time he did it in the belly of the beast: NBC parent General Electric (GE):

Says the article,

US political commentators have speculated that Mr Kerry has enjoyed the support of the media community in an effort to head off the challenge of Howard Dean, who has fallen back in the race despite being the frontrunner before the primaries began. Mr Dean made statements last year about wanting to break up media conglomerates.

It's no big surprise, I guess. Were the media interests looking for a chance to pounce on Dean after Gore's endorsement? Perhaps. We don't have to look too far to see what they did when they got their video soundbite after Iowa voted. I still think the organization we had built in New Hampshire was strong enough to blunt the electability issue after a third place finish in Iowa-- given all the other blunders out there. Not after the constant looping of what they called "The Scream," however.

murdoch.bmpPS: Looks like the article points out that FOX's key guys are giving the biggest contributions to Kerry.

Dean's been turning up the volume on the media's role in choosing who gets elected. I don't know that this will help our cause in Wisconsin, but maybe the people will hear us on the 17th if we keep pointing the truth out.

I guess we just have to work harder.

Thanks to pavingmoratorium for the heads up on this article.

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