While watching the Democratic convention this past week, I was appalled by the fact that partisan ideologues were trumpeted on the air via CNN, MSNBC, and of course Fox News, as authentic analysts. After John Kerry gave his speech, Joe Scarborough, one of the MSNBC panel, the ex-Republican congressman, wasted no time in bellowing that John Kerry blew it. He rushed his speech. The rest of the panel were flabergasted.
Hearing Tucker Carlson utter the words "creepy and ghoulish" as CNN immediately cut to him after Ron Reagan gave his speech on stem cell research is not analysis, it's partisan opinion. Paul Krugman of the NY Times has a wonderful article entitled " Reading the Script" in an excerpt :CNN used to be different, but Campaign Desk, which is run by The Columbia Journalism Review, concluded after reviewing convention coverage that CNN "has stooped to slavish imitation of Fox's most dubious ploys and policies." Seconds after John Kerry's speech, CNN gave Ed Gillespie, the Republican Party's chairman, the opportunity to bash the candidate. Will Terry McAuliffe be given the same opportunity right after President Bush speaks? Please read this fairly short article.http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/03/opinion/03krug.html