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Oops, She Did It Again

Reported by Nancy - October 20, 2004 -

On FNL this morning (10/20), Brigitte Quinn indulged in FNL's usual unfair & unbalanced treatment of an issue -- this time it was recently released ads from both Kerry & Bush campaigns that use 9/11 "emotionally".

At 11:02am (EDT), Quinn introduced the segment, playing first the Kerry campaign ad featuring Kristen Breitweiser (whose husband died at the WTC & who is one of the NJ moms who fought for the creation of the 9/11 Commission) & then the Bush campaign ad featuring Ashley Faulkner (whose mom died at the WTC) & a friend of the Faulkner family.

Just one comment about the ads themselves: Bush hugging Ashley Faulkner -- which is the entire focus of the Bush campaign ad -- happened at a Bush campaign rally in May 2004. Do they really want to remind people that, aside from a couple of photo ops at Ground Zero & at campaign rallies, Bush has done essentially NOTHING for the families of people who died in the 9/11 attacks?

Back to FNL: after showing the ads, Quinn interviewed Clark S Judge, a former Reagan speechwriter (& FNL fave), & Al Jackson of Ketchum PR. I've complained about Judge before (see http://www.newshounds.us/2004/09/29/wolf_in_sheeps_clothing.php). As for Jackson, although he was identified as being from Ketchum PR, their website has no info on him. A banner briefly said that he was formerly associated with an AMA PAC. In any case, Jackson focused on the ads' content & impact from a PR point of view, saying relatively even-handed things about both ads. Judge, on the other hand, essentially ignored the ads & recited the standard GOP talking points (blah blah blah).

Comment: simply having 2 people on to discuss an issue doesn't guarantee either fairness or balance.