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Monday, January 05, 2004

CNN supports meme

Just two days ago, I wrote about questioning what the media tells you. Here's a clear example.

A short while ago on CNN, I heard Candy Crowley talking about Sunday's Democratic debate with a great emphasis being on how everybody was bashing Howard Dean. Here's one of the questions supportive of this statement for which she provided a soundbite:
[SENATOR JOHN] KERRY: Howard, Joe raised the question about things you say versus things that you do, and things you sometimes say and then change.

For instance, you said that if George Bush released his records, you would release your records. Then when you found out George Bush had released his records, you changed.

Another example of that: When you were asked by the Concord Monitor about Osama bin Laden, you said we couldn't prejudge his guilt for September 11th. What in the world were you thinking?
What Crowley didn't let us know was the answer to that question, so I went looking for it. Here it is in its entirety:
DEAN: I'll tell you exactly what I was thinking, Senator. I understand that Osama bin Laden has essentially claimed responsibility for these unbelievable terrorist acts. And as an American, I want to see Osama bin Laden get what he deserves, which is the death penalty.

But I was asked that question as a candidate for president of the United States, and a candidate for president of the United States is obligated to stand for the rule of law. I was asked yesterday by Newsweek what would I do if I was the president and the troops had Osama in their sights -- we would shoot to kill. But the fact is, if we captured him alive, we have to stand for the rule of law.

I have no doubt that if we capture Osama bin Laden, he will end up with the death penalty. But as president of the United States, I'm obligated to stand for the rule of law.


[LINK] [Emphasis mine]
What the fuck is Kerry thinking? What the fuck is Crowley doing? Is someone afraid of what they would find out if there were a trial for bin Laden (or Saddam Hussein, for that matter)? What is it with the desire to show just how "American" one is by throwing out the basic tenets of democracy (innocent until proven guilty, the right to a fair trial, etc.)?

Why the fuck aren't more people asking these questions?
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