Here's what the networks knew but failed to emphasize: Breitweiser and Casazza were fervent Bush-haters, and then became fervent Kerry-backers. Breitweiser even appeared in Kerry commercials, and ABC couldn't even point that out! Newsday quoted Casazza as dazzled at a Kerry rally: "This was a fabulous speech. ? On 9/11, my life was in a long, dark tunnel. Now I can seem some light. John Kerry has the answers."
When the election was over, one reporter chronicled Casazza in Boston listening to Kerry concede. She blamed the red states for their ignorance: "I am not sure 3,000 lives lost (in the World Trade Center) and those lost in Iraq have been quite enough for the American states untouched by terror to realize the 'bring it on' mentality only brings on more terrorists and more deaths."
What about the other side of the victims' families, those who support the president in the war on terror and actually like Republicans? The Washington Times reported on Dec. 1 that a group called 9-11 Families for a Secure America, with more than 300 members, lobbied for the intelligence reform bill to be delayed until strong actions against illegal immigration were included. Joan Molinaro, the mother of a lost New York firefighter, said "No bill should pass the Senate, the House, anywhere, unless it contains immigration reform -- you secure our borders, you keep my girls alive."
There is nothing wrong with giving the angry anti-Bush Kristen Breitweisers a chance to give their opinion on television. But there's everything wrong with giving all the airtime to the Breitweisers and turning a deaf ear to the Joan Molinaros. That's not fair. That's not balanced. That's doing a disservice to everyone, including the other victims of 9-11.
The media elite love to belittle Fox News for employing a "fair and balanced" slogan. ABC and the others wouldn't dream of adopting that mantra. Their slogan ought to be "We Know What's Good for You, and It's Not That Objectionable Other Side."
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