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Bush in the Mold of Reagan?

Reported by Judy - June 9, 2004 -

Sometimes Fox News has an idea that it wants to plant in viewers' minds that is just too convoluted to get done in an hour. In that case, Fox strings the indoctrination out over two shows, as it did on June 9 with Jon Scott's linkage of Bush, Ronald Reagan, John Kerry, and the fall election.

Starting at 8:43 a.m. EDT, Scott began beating the drum for the idea that the media coverage of Reagan's death would have great ramifications for Bush's re-election campaign. He went on "Fox and Friends" to promote the idea by asking, "What does the Reagan coverage do to the campaign?"

Scott kept it up on his own show. At 9:17 a.m., accompanied by a graphic and an attention-getting swoosh, Scott proclaims, "Coming up -- how Reagan's death will affect the November election."

After a commercial break, at 9:19 a.m., Scott shows video of Kerry saying a prayer at Reagan's casket (for the second or third time), and asks, "How will it affect the election to have Reagan's legacy front and center?"

Scott teases his viewers again at 9:27 a.m. EDT, asking "Could the former president's death affect his (Kerry's) campaign for the presidency?" and showing the Kerry video again.

At 9:35 a.m., Scott introduces two guests who he says will be discuss how Reagan's death has "put Kerry on the sidelines," and how "the new focus on the Reagan legacy is going to affect the election. The guests are Democrat Jack Quinn, former chief of staff for Al Gore, and Republican Ed Rogers. After showing the Kerry video yet again, Scott begins the questioning and Quinn quickly cuts him off, saying, "I certainly don't think it is going to affect the course of the election." Scott lamely interjects, "A week without campaigning can't help, can it?" Quinn: "It's just a week, we have a long time to go."

At 9:38 a.m., Scott gets to the real point of the whole charade, asking Rogers if he doesn't think George W. Bush is a lot like Ronald Reagan -- taking unpopular stands, having a clear vision, and so on. Not even Rogers can buy into that very much, agreeing that Bush has some things in common but "I don't think it translates into votes for Bush."

At 9:57 a.m., Scott finally gets to the heart of what prompted the whole deal -- an interview Jim Angle had with Laura Bush at the G-8 summit, where he asks her if Reagan reminds her of George W. Bush. SURPRISE! She smiles and agrees!

Jon, it was a long walk for a short drink of water.