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Politics On and Off Stage

Reported by Eleanor - August 7, 2004 -

Heartland with John Kasich (Aug. 7, 8:00 p.m.) had a few political items worth noting about the Swift Boat ad, the U.N., the Hacking story, and Charlie Daniels.

Kasich spent a few minutes on the Swift Boat anti-Kerry ad. Kasich stood up for pulling the ad. He said, "This one is outrageous, and ought to be pulled." He said that "the campaigns are degenerating into nothing but attacks." (The problem with Kasich's comments is that he showed the ad, at least the portion where Kerry is called a liar about three times. That's disingenuous considering the fact that he condemned it, and said it should be pulled from the airways. If he wanted, he could have talked about the ad without showing it. Why didn't he act on his belief and "pull the ad" himself?)

In a scathing report on the U.N. and the Oil for Food program, Kasich interviewed Jed Babbin, who served as a Deputy Undersecretary of Defense in the first Bush administration, and who has been an outspoken critic of Clinton Administration defense and foreign policy. Kasich, when summarizing this interview (that had nothing good to say about the U.N.), referenced the U.N. as full of corruption, inaction, and stupidity. (The other networks don't really cover the Oil for Food investigation, but Fox covers it frequently, and each new report is more damning than the last.)

The Lori Hacking story was covered with a focus on "two deaths" because Lori was five weeks pregnant. It seems that they must find her body to prove the pregnancy, and Mark Hacking can then be charged with a double homicide. (I wondered when a clarification of the media frenzy over this story would surface. If the double homicide sticks, it will give the "Right to Life" folks a powerful weapon, will it not?)

The "Tyranny of the Minority" segment was about a flak in Dearborn, Michigan concerning Charlie Daniels song about, "This ain't no rag, it's a flag." Kasich interviewed Charlie who explained why he wrote the song. He said it was written after 9/11, as "a symbol of a land where the good guys live." People are "raggin" on Charlie, and he's "talking of terrorists, not anyone else." He had not planned on singing it tonight, and "not because of the controversy." "Everyone is wearing their feelings on their sleeve. Political correctness is completely out of hand." Charlie said he can say what he wants in this free country and express his opinion. Then he talked of growing up in the South surrounded by prejudice, that he "rose above." He said, "I don't do politics on stage." (Then I guess he won't do that song.)

The remainder of this program was focused on terror and terror alerts.