When the campaign ended in a loss in 1992, the media quickly blamed Buchanan and the religious right for their supposedly hate-filled Houston convention that soured moderates on the GOP. Twelve years later, these scribes were nowhere to be found pointing fingers at Howard Dean and the NARALs and gay lobbies for souring suburbanites on the Democrats with their zealous excesses.
One man was portrayed as the hater on the fringes. The other was regularly dressed up in a ludicrous costume of moderation. Oftentimes, it was the same reporter making those calls. For example, Newsweek's Jonathan Alter was the first to demonize Buchanan, and also the first to declare that with Dean, "the old labels are increasingly useless."
As bizarre as it might seem, liberal media bias is proving to be a boon for the GOP. In their complete Bush-era meltdown, the liberal media elite is applying absolutely no brakes to the Dean "revolution" taking over the DNC. They are moving further and further to the left, and the media are offering nothing but happy talk. The cliff is in sight, and the Pied Pipering press is set to lead the party over the edge.
Even now, as the Democrats prepare to crown Dean their leader, NPR reporter Mara Liasson persisted in the myth-making, claiming that, while Dean is "identified" with the anti-war left, "his record on issues other than foreign policy is not left of center. He is actually a staunch centrist, pragmatic, reform Democrat who is pro-gun rights, comes from a rural state, and he's a deficit hawk."
Liasson apparently forgot how Gov. Dean signed a bill in 2000 installing "civil unions" for gay men and lesbians. (Was that "centrist and pragmatic"?) And failed to remember how Dean drew raves at a NARAL dinner in 2003 for insisting that partial-birth abortion was "an issue about nothing. It's an issue about [pro-life] extremism." He proposed repealing the Bush tax cuts to fund more socialized-medicine schemes like Hillary Clinton's. And it won't help him with military families that he said about Saddam Hussein, on the April day Baghdad was liberated, "I suppose that's a good thing."
It may be a political first that the Democrats are nominating a well-known national figure with high polling negatives to lead their partisan parade. The latest CNN poll showed Dean held a 31 percent favorable view among Americans in both parties, but 38 percent held an unfavorable view. Does that sound like a good starting place for the DNC's grip on the political pulse? It's at moments like these where you can see the point where so-called "mainstream" media cluelessness might backfire and ultimately cement an era of Republican domination.
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