ABC was so helpful to Kerry that when one of his supportive Navy mates, the Rev. David Alston, told delegates on Monday night about his valiant commander, ABC streamed in John Kerry's home movies of himself marching through the jungle for illustration. It was a perfect infomercial for the Democrats, courtesy of ABC News.
Then there was Jimmy Carter, who used the word "extremist" to describe President Bush about as much as CBS overused "rock star." (And who says Democrats can't be "positive"?) Democrats used to hide Carter in undisclosed locations at convention time, but it's apparently safe to guess that most Americans don't remember the joys of the Carter administration. Gas lines. Hostage takings. Public surrender to national malaise. And did I mention complete military ineptitude, as demonstrated in the disastrous failed hostage rescue attempt that crashed in the desert?
Carter, however, has either no memory or no shame. He came out throwing mud at George W. Bush. Unlike Bush, Kerry "showed up" for Vietnam. Kerry would "restore maturity and judgment" -- which are "sorely lacking" -- to the White House. Bush's foreign policies are an "unbroken series of mistakes and miscalculations." By what standard does Jimmy Carter manufacture the gall to criticize anyone else's foreign policy?
But CNN anchor Aaron Brown was feeling lighter than air after Carter's slashing Carville moment. After reporter Joe Johns explained the Georgia delegation felt Carter was an "honest man" and "truthful," Brown said no one should worry about Carter sounding too vicious: "I understand ... the Kerry campaign's concern is they don't want it too personal and they don't want it shrill, and it's hard to imagine shrill and Jimmy Carter in the same sentence."
It's absolutely mind-blowing. Anchors at this convention are actually traveling beyond the hard sell for the DNC to the actual on-air comforting of Democrats: "don't worry, you're not too shrill, really you're not." The only thing that didn't make the trip to the Fleet Center was any journalistic sense of accuracy or fairness.