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Trying to Make Edwards' Pick a "Flip Flop"

Reported by Judy - July 6, 2004 -

Fox News was trying hard today (July 6) to make John Kerry look like a "flip-flopper" for picking John Edwards as his running mate. In less than one hour following Fox's live coverage of the Kerry announcement speech, Greg Jared of Fox News Live three times dredged up Kerry comments that were critical of Edwards.

Jared quoted Kerry as saying, "This isn't the time for on-the-job training" (9:23 a.m. EDT)." Jared brought the quote up again at 9:41 a.m. EDT and at 9:50 a.m. EDT. At 9:54 a.m. EDT, Jared read a different Kerry quote about Kerry's alleged lack of experience and asked Senator Elizabeth Dole, R-North Carolina, "That'll be used by Republicans, won't it?" She had the same script, apparently, because she agreed.

Jared also climbed on the GOP bandwagon by arguing that Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona was really Kerry's first pick. He played what looked like nearly the entire Bush campaign ad (at 9:48 a.m. EDT) showing McCain introducing Bush at a rally, and then asked, "Pretty powerful ad, isn't it?" The guest, former Gore adviser Elaine Kamarck, said she did not know "how real" Kerry's courting of McCain really was but that McCain after all is a Republican and it's not too surprising that he would endorse Bush rather than be on the Democratic ticket.

That wasn't good enough for Jared. He played the Bush ad AGAIN five minutes later (although not the entire thing).

Such blatant free political advertising should count as a corporate campaign contribution.