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Incredible! Two Polls Again!

Reported by Eleanor - September 6, 2004 -

On Fox News Live (Sept. 6, 2:40 p.m.), they did it again. The Kerry bashing started when Carl Cameron explained that Kerry now says that the "W" in George W. stands for "wrong," and then he deflated that Kerry balloon by saying that a fan gave Kerry a gun as a gift, and Kerry held it over his head "like Charlton Heston." Now, as if that weren't enough, Martha McCallum conducted an interview about the two polls showing Bush 10+ points ahead of Kerry that was almost identical to the interview by Jon Scott earlier in the day.

Jim Gilmore, republican, and Steve Jarding, democrat, were interviewed this time. Gilmore said it's about the future. We need a strong, decisive leader who means what he says. Kerry moves around and changes his message. We need someone we can rely on. When McCallum said the democrats shied away from 9/11, Gilmore said it's in the minds of the people, hinting that the republicans will use it. (They already used it shamelessly at their convention. It's OK if they use 9/11 as a political issue? Amazing!! I doubt if the families of democrats who died agree with that. If anything is non-partisan, it's 9/11. Democrats have been respectful enough to know that.) Then Gilmore said the republicans have moved up in 11 states. McCallum asked Jarding about the 1,000 dead in Iraq. Jarding indicated that the public is talking about casualties, as well as domestic issues, and he cited some of those. McCallum pointed out that she gave him the "last word." (So the interview was equal.)

Comment: What Fox misses in these interviews is that the "unfair" and "unbalanced" part is found in the question, and the way it is posed. Why do they restrict the interview to two polls that show a double digit lead for Bush and leave out two polls that show a one or two point lead? Obviously, it's because they want to pound a large lead into the heads of their viewers to give Bush the "halo effect," or the perception of being a winner, when they know that is blatantly false. Bush's bounce was no bigger than Kerry's, and this kind of reporting is despicable.