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Band-aid Smear

Reported by Judy - September 1, 2004 -

Fox and Friends managed to make two mildly critical comments about the GOP National Convention today (Sept. 1) but they were drowned out by the chorus of cheers the co-hosts bestowed the rest of the time.

Co-host Brian Kilmeade picked up on the lukewarm response Republicans had to their compassionate conservativism agenda in last night's speeches. "It was kind of bad. Nobody was paying attention to the podium," he said.

Kilmeade's right. Applause was tepid, but it should be for the skimpy list of accomplishments Bush supporters claimed for him in the area of compassion and the even skimpier list of proposals for the future (mainly attacking lawyers who help victims of malpractice recover damages). Conventioneers last night only wanted to hear Arnold Schwarzenegger's platitudes about how great America is for white immigrants and his warmed over rhetoric about the Cold War.

The co-hosts also got mildly critical about the band-aids representing a Purple Heart that were handed out on the convention floor. During an interview with DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe, the co-hosts criticized the band-aids after McAuliffe brought up the issue, saying it was "a smear against veterans." E.D. Hill interrupted him before he got a chance to say much more about them, calling the band-aids "disgraceful" and "uncalled for." McAuliffe said George Bush should condemn the band-aids.

Fox and Friends later interviewed RNC chair Ed Gillespie and allowed him quickly to disassociate the Republican party from the band-aids. Gillespie said he talked to the delegate and the delegate agreed not to distribute any more. None of the co-hosts asked Gillespie if the president should condemn the band-aids, as they repeated call for Kerry to condemn all 527 advertising.

Fox's strategy on these band-aids was to bring them up to remind viewers about the controversy over Kerry's Purple Hearts, let the Democrats talk ever so briefly about them, and then quickly allow the Republicans to disassociate themselves from them in order not to offend all Purple Heart recipients. It looks fair and balanced, but it's not. It was a win for the GOP orchestrated by Fox -- Republicans get to smear Kerry again, but they are shielded from any backlash from veterans.

McAuliffe did a decent job presenting the Democratic response, calling the convention "a masquerade ball." Republicans can talk about being a big tent and allowing moderates in the party (hey, their money is as good as anybody's), but McAuliffe said, "The issue is how you govern. ... George Bush governs from the extreme right wing so this four-day masquerade ball is nothing but a charade." He might have added that moderate Republicans are powerless within the party so conservatives are willing to let them talk all they want.

According to an analysis offered by my husband, McAuliffe missed a chance to add to Schwarzenegger's list of how to tell if you're a Republican. My husband says McAuliffe should have had a list of these ready: "If you believe women should not control their own bodies, you're a Republican. If you believe government should not help poor people, you're a Republican. If you believe there are weapons of mass destruction hidden in Iraq, you're a Republican."

My husband may be a newshound in the making.