Brent Bozell

 The other day, John Kerry had finished addressing the American Society of Newspaper Editors convention and was greeting participants when the C-SPAN camera caught one woman, presumably a member of the Fourth Estate, gushing to the Democratic candidate, "You've got my vote!" There's no surprise here. It's almost impossible to distinguish between Democrats and journalists in their passion to elect Kerry and defeat Bush. 

 But where, oh where, are you ?

 It's good to criticize those in the media who long ago lost sight of the word "balance" (not to mention "fairness"), and there are plenty of us on the outside pointing this out. But you, who have the mantra of "GOP leaders" -- where are you? Your silence is shocking to the point of disgraceful. At best, you are inept. At worst, you are cowards, unwilling to engage your political foes.

 There is no shortage of issues and opportunities available to you. You should be having a ball exposing and neutralizing the leftist press, not to mention the left-wing political opposition (or do I repeat myself?), yet you're AWOL from the debate. Herewith are just some of them:

 1. The 9-11 Commission. It's a political farce, and you know it, and yet you've allowed the Democrats and the press to hammer the president, relentlessly suggesting somehow he was unprepared for 9-11 while he overprepared for Iraq. Americans heard endless reports about the "wall" constructed between the CIA and the FBI, and how this was somehow the Bush Administration's fault.

 But we've also learned that the "wall" was constructed during the Clinton Administration by deputy attorney general Jamie Gorelick, who now sits on the 9-11 Commission panel judging others. We also now know, thanks to a report backed up by four different sources, including a high-ranking Clinton official, that it was this very "wall" that impeded investigation into the Chinagate fundraising scandal. Why aren't you raising hell? Why aren't you calling for a real investigation into real scandal?

 2. Defense spending. The Kerry campaign is formally accusing the administration of a "continuing disregard" for the American military, which "went into Iraq ill-equipped." Their hypocrisy is mind-boggling but understandable; they do it because they know the media won't touch them. And neither, apparently, will you.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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