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The Republican Response is Covered by the Mainstream Media

Reported by Eleanor - July 26, 2004 -

Anderson Cooper (July 26, 7:00 p.m.) interviewed a few people at the democratic convention before the official prime time speeches. At 7:07, he announced poll numbers showing Bush leading 50-47%, announcing it could still go either way. It's a dead heat. (But Bush is ahead)

Cooper then proceeded to talk to the republicans who are camped out in Boston "scouting the opposition" just a few blocks away. They are preparing for an instant response to whatever the democrats say. (With the republican media there, I don't think that's necessary.)

Cooper interviewed Gore's daughter, Karenna Gore Schiff with questions like, "The Gore endorsement was a negative for Bush." He brought up the issue of the democrats "not being too anti-Bush," and asked if there is danger in not capitalizing on anti-Bush sentiment. Cooper brought up the Wellstone Memorial as an example of alienation.

Cooper followed this with a discussion about the Clintons by saying there is concern about Clinton "taking a step down memory lane and not talking about Kerry." He then asked if Clinton will "help or hurt Kerry." He then went into a break with a comment about "the raw politics of swearing," referring to Teresa Kerry's "shove it" remark.

Judy Woodruff introduced the next segment about Hillary with a recital of all the negative history she could crowd into a couple of minutes with "vast right-wing conspiracy; the health care failure; being elected senator from a state she never lived in; she's trying too hard; her eyes are on a bigger prize; and initially she wasn't slated for a role tonight." Cooper followed with, "She's a polarizing figure." He then repeated the media mantra of the day, "The word is out not to be critical of Bush, or push those anti-Bush buttons." Then he asked the person he was interviewing, "Aren't you losing momentum by not talking tough about Bush?"

At 6:39, Cooper brought up Teresa Kerry's "shove it" comment again with, "What happens when push comes to shove it?" He asked, "Is Teresa Kerry a help or a hindrance? This is raw politics. Yesterday after she called for more civility, she told columnist Colin McNickle to shove it." Cooper then compared this comment to Dick Cheney's use of the "F word" as if they were equal, and said, "This shows that intensity can really help - and foul language is not necessarily foul play." (So Teresa's AND Cheney's comments were equal and both are OK.)

Comment: Listening to this felt like watching Fox. The group of republican "opposition scouters" can go home. The media has the republican response covered.