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Democrat Bashing Just Keeps On Keepin' On

Reported by Melanie - July 30, 2004 -

At 1:04 p.m. ET today (July 30, 2004) on Dayside w/Linda Vester, Vester hosted two guests, Tammy Bruce, "Fox News Contributor" and radio talk show host, and Dan Gerstein, Fmr. Joe Lieberman Communications Director. The alleged subject matter of the segment was whether conventions are a waste of time.

Gerstein started off by saying the Democratic convention was an "mmo," a "massive missed opportunity."

Bruce said conventions are "no longer what they should be." She said she tells her listeners to look "between the lines," and the Democratic convention was "a leftist, socialist convention." Continuing, Bruce mentioned "Sharpton," and "Dean," and "Michael Moore," then said the Republicans have an opportunity to "present a more disparate view of who they are."

Vester said that even at the GOP convention there "won't be an argument" about the platform "or the ticket," which is part of the reason people don't watch, and wouldn't money spent on conventions be better spent on advertising?

Bruce said the extremists (in the Democratic party) have taken over the base. John Kerry thinks "Hollywood, where I live" is the "heart and soul of America."

Vester asked Gerstein what he'd do, to which Gerstein replied that he would have recommended that the Democrats spend a whole evening appealing to young people. Bruce then said something about also trying to appeal to Clinton voters, to which Gerstein said he agreed.

COMMENT: Does this sound like a discussion about whether or not "conventions" - plural, meaning both Democrat and Republican - are a waste of time? Of course not. This was an opportunity to trash the Democratic convention, with one or two sentences thrown in about the GOP convention to give an appearance of "fair and balanced."

Additionally, surely Fox could have found two guests whose points of view were more diverse. These two guests basically agreed with each other.