Brent Bozell

 It's easy enough to find votes showing how the media's Edwards, the "Southern moderate," sales pitch is total hooey. Sen. Edwards voted against his Senate partner Jesse Helms when he suggested schools should be denied federal funds if they kicked the Boy Scouts of America out of meeting at a school since they wouldn't allow gay scoutmasters. The gay lobby has a powerful hold on this Southerner. Sen. Edwards voted in favor of federal funds for needle-exchange programs. John couldn't just say no to drug addicts.

 On abortion, try to find where Sen. Edwards feels there should be any limit to the abortion lobby's demands. He's rated 100 percent by the NARAL crowd. Partial-birth abortion? He's a solid vote for that. Punishing criminals for killing unborn children without a woman's right to choose? He's against that. That's not murder, since it's not really a baby, apparently. (Wouldn't the litigator in Edwards prefer two victims?) He voted in favor of giving taxpayer money to schools so they could distribute "morning after" abortion pills to our kids. If it hadn't passed by a voice vote in the Senate, Edwards probably would have voted against protecting infants who are born alive in a (failed) abortion procedure. Can John Edwards be any more extreme than this?

 Or take Iraq and national security. Where is the difference between Edwards and Kerry; where is the ticket "balanced"? Both senators voted to authorize the war in 2002, and then flip-flopped to deny $87 billion in additional funds for the troops once they authorized sending them to fight. Edwards voted exactly like his liberal Massachusetts running mate. Maybe he's a fiscal conservative to balance out Kerry's tax-loving instincts? Think again. His National Taxpayer Union and Citizens Against Government Waste scores are dreadful, with percentages in the ?teens. He voted against every Bush tax cut.

 So wouldn't any journalist objectively looking at fact say Edwards is as "hard left" as Cheney was "hard right"? Yes. Instead, the use of the L-word to describe Edwards was always attributed as a desperately negative Republican attack line, not the truth. ABC's Kate Snow said Bush and Cheney were cordial to Edwards, and then "it went downhill from there," as the GOP "tore into" Edwards by accurately stating he's a liberal.

 The Kerry-Edwards substance-free honeymoon on the networks shows they don't believe in balance or fairness. They'll do anything but wear donkey ears on camera to help the Democrats.

Brent Bozell

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