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Bravo, Stephanie Cutter!

Reported by Nancy - August 25, 2004 -

FNL this morning (8/25) was, again, entirely predictable. Scott Peterson blah blah blah Michael Jackson's nose blah blah blah Amber Frey blah blah blah murder of "Christian" couple blah blah blah Smear Boat Liars for Bush. But one interviewee stood out among the crowd of the usual suspects: Stephanie Cutter, communications director for the Kerry/Edwards campaign.

After Rick Folbaum joined the program at 11:32am (EDT), he introduced a report by Kelly Wright about Benjamin Ginsberg, the lawyer who resigned from the Bush-Cheney campaign because he'd "given advice" to the Smear Boat Liars for Bush. Wright managed one semi-deft attempt to spin, by calling Jim Rassman "the man who says John Kerry saved his life" (FACT: the Navy. the Pentagon, & many others, say the same thing -- is Wright questioning the Navy or the Pentagon?).

Wright's report led into Folbaum interviewing Cutter & Terry Holt (spokesperson for the Bush-Cheney campaign). Folbaum opened with a spin to Holt, asking about lawyers with the Kerry campaign. This gave Holt an opportunity to claim that 2 lawyers who work for the Kerry-Edwards campaign also do work for 527s (he said Bob Bauer is counsel to ACT & Joe Sanders works with MoveOn). Folbaum turned to Cutter, who promptly pointed out that Holt was wrong, neither Bauer nor Sanders works for the Kerry campaign. She emphasized that this is a distraction, the real issue is that the smear campaign is coming from the White House. Back to Holt, with Folbaum asking about Cordier's resignation. Holt stumbled a bit & never really explained that situation, claiming that Cordier was a volunteer & the campaign didn't know about his involvement with the Smear Boat Liars for Bush. Cutter jumped right on that, pointing out that this is the third time the Bush-Cheney campaign has had to say "we didn't know" about connections to the Smear Boat Liars, & asking how many times they think they can get away with that.

Towards the end of the interview, FNL lost the link with Holt. Whether accidental or intentional, it eliminated the possibility that Holt would have to respond to any further questions. Folbaum & Cutter carried on for a few moments after Holt was "lost", & without the distraction Folbaum was more focused & Cutter continued to be very articulate about what she thinks the real issues are.