August 2, 2004
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Subject: LOVE YOUR HEADLINE!
BuzzFlash Convention Blog: Kerry Had Them From Hello
Sadly the media will get to work to try and destroy everything good about this man. I HATE THEM!
Subject: Everyone's talking about Kerry
Everyone's talking about John Kerry, especially George Bush. Of course Bush and the Republicans have to talk about Kerry because there's nothing good to say about Bush and attention on Bush's record hurts him politically. When your record shows that you were the Commander in Thief instead of the Commander in Chief you definitely don't want the public to notice it.
Subject: Berger Cleared of Document Theft
Where the hell are the screaming cable idiots today? Sandy Berger is cleared of all charges and they say nothing. I heard the story on KGO radio during the middle of the night. I can't find a story today. I only find this little story.
The conservative idiots screamed for days, and now nothing, no oops we were wrong, da nada, zip, I guess it never happened.
Subject: Hot news
Let me get this straight, the White House leaks a story that Sandy Burger is under investigation just before the Democratic Convention. Information they have had for some time. Big headlines everywhere.
Today the Convention is over there is a report that he has been cleared. But no big headlines...Hmmmm. Move along, nothing to see here.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Presidential Debates
Skip the President and Vice-Presidential debates; let's have the Kerry daughters debating with the Bush daughters! Just picture that. Wait, just think about what the questions would be! Now, that is the fun part! Like...
You missed one by the administration to the "Weekly Standard." The Feith memo about all the links between al Qaeda and Iraq that divulged intell sources and methods and was based on Top Secret Special Compartmented Information. I understand it supposedly is being investigated by the FBI. Gerald A. Lechliter Colonel, USA (Retired-1999) Lewes, DE
Subject: "results matter"?
Much amused by Bush's latest catch phrase, "results matter."
Sweet lord, what are his speech writers thinking???? Yeah, dude, results matter! Like the results of the last election in Florida that you railroaded. Like the resulting chaos you've created in Iraq. Like the resulting civilian and military deaths that came out of your unjustified pre-emptive war. Like the zero result of searching for those sure-to-be-there WMD. Like the results listed on your military records that show you didn't show up for duty. Like the results of your underfunding initiatives like "No Child Left Behind." Like the results of how much the Medicare bill will really cost. Like the results of turning a trillion-dollar surplus into a multi-billion-dollar deficit. Like the results of cutting funding to firefighters and policeman. Like the results of privatizing services to the military so troops don't get sufficient armor or healthy food. Like the results of lying to the America voters. You bet results matter.
Sincerely (and thanks for awarding the media Hypocrite of the Week--appalling, they were),
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: CNN convention coverage deplorable
Loved your choice of the TV News Media as Hypocrite of the Week. I have come to the same conclusion you did: " the mainstream news media is a big time enabler to the vast right wing conspiracy." Since I was most angry at CNN, I sent the following message to them this morning:
Thanks for being there, BUZZ.
Subject: TV coverage on DNC
Oh for crying out loud, can't you see that this lack of network coverage of the DNC was completely planned. As Democrats cry about the lack of coverage of their convention, the networks will respond by apologizing and then covering the RNC non-stop. For the public interest, of course.
Subject: his back door snarly remarks
Someone please tell bush making back door snarly remarks about Teresa Kerry is not very presidential, it makes him look petty and mean. If he wants to appeal to women, THAT IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT! No one has ever said a bad word about Laura, and making fun of your opponent's looks is very petty and grade schoolish as well. Jesus he is such an embarrassment to our great country! Laura Bush needs to take her drunk to the side and tell him to stop looking so small as to attack his opponent's wife!
Subject: does he know what he is saying?
My mother was sitting at the kitchen table while I made her some breakfast and she saw Bush talk about what he has done for seniors. :):):)
I was scared her blood pressure would go through the roof. :):) Do they give Bush things to say and he just says them without asking if they are true or not?
Subject: Deception was Marine recruiter's game (Brattleboro Reformer)
Subject: A letter I sent to John Kerry
Subject: The Wealth Factor
Maybe I'm missing something here. I keep hearing Kerry and Edwards being attacked by the media as "millionaires." However, I never seem to hear any reference to millionaires when it comes to Bush and Cheney. Rush Limbaugh, who is reputed to make something like $35 million a year doing his rabidly right-wing talk shows, is one of the most vocal critics of Kerry's wealth. What's wrong with this picture? Is there something in the constitution that says wealthy people are prohibited from holding public office? It seems to me that it is less likely that a wealthy person will accept graft. A politician of modest means (i.e. former governor Rowland of Connecticut) might be a lot more tempted. Even Ross Perot was on the receiving end of less criticism for his wealth than John Kerry, and Perot could buy and sell both Kerry and Edwards with the change in his pocket. The Bush family is among the wealthiest in America, and Cheney is certainly not going to be applying for food stamps anytime soon. If only poor people are allowed to be president, I am one of the most qualified people in America.
Subject: Hypocrite of the Week
BuzzFlash GOPHOTW: "Kerry has his work cut out for him. He's running against Bush AND the media.... [T]he news divisions of the networks and of cable television are just extensions of the corporate politics of their owners."
In-freakin-deed! We need to make this a part of the language. Corporate media sticks a price tag on democracy and it's every man for himself. Corporate media ensures that there is less and less public interest in the public sphere. Corporate media needs a divided electorate because conflict gets attention, attention means ratings, and ratings mean profits. Corporate media needs a dumbed down population because if you don't know how to ask questions you can't know what you want, and if you don't know what you want you won't know what you like, and if you don't know what you like, it's easier to keep you jumping at the latest fashions in music, clothes and attitudes. Corporate media sucks. Spread the word. Corporate media sucks.
"Keep on rockin in the free world...,"
Subject: Did Anyone Notice?
When switching back and forth from Fox to CNN during the Kerry speech there was a distinct difference in the audio. Fox had a very low (in volume and audio frequency) crowd noise and Kerry's vocal was also low without any high frequency. With the picture on Fox a little darker it gave a (comparatively) gloomier view of the entire convention.
Was all their coverage manipulated as this was? If you are the sound tech you definitely know when you leave out the mid and high.
Who pays these people?
Also thought it was fun to know the biggest news was the fellow yelling about the balloons.
John in Hawaii
Subject: "Liberal Media"???
I love all the comments about the convention coverage on TV. Thank God for CSpan! My husband just returned from Maine today, Friday. Exiting I 93 in Somerville MA he saw a big billboard with Uncle Sam pointing and the text "Don't Believe the Liberal Media." He doesn't remember who the sponsor was. Maybe another BuzzFlasher in the neighborhood can help out. I'm with Eric Alterman - What Liberal Media? CNN? Fox? etc etc??? Scary!
Subject: Ban all mainstream propaganda from DNC
All the the so-called media should be BANNED from the Democratic National Convention! They should be indignantly ignored by all Democrats--period! It is a visual oxymoron to see Faux "News" ensconced in the convention lodges. The Democrats must get rid of all so-called mainstream propaganda, blackout, censorship, coverup and outright lies! Otherwise they surely will be destroyed by the corporate propaganda which is determined to continue the illegal and loss of our democracy in all three branches of government!
Subject: Kerry....had them from hello.....
Truly great article.....congrats to whomever created it! I read each and every response and enjoyed it all.
I don't know, how many stars you all counted, but there was Spike Lee, Alec Baldwin, the guy from West Wing... (sorry, the bearded one)...at the end, and on the stage was James Taylor, from the state of Mass...likely knows the Kerrys, but a plus to any show. Willie actually put on a suit to sing with the black choir backing him up...all the music was so inspirational. They outdid themselves...It was a rousing convention!
If we do not win this one, something is rotten in Crawford, Texas....I am getting so sick of seeing idiotic Bush with that silly grin every time he tells his loving stupid crowd another lie...you can just always tell...if he acts like we just do not get it...we don't!!!! And, he has that sinister grin...just watch him...he does it every time, then he sort of darts his eyes around...oh, God, you all know....the look in Fahrenheit 9/11.
Subject: Hi-level operative; 1992 election
In CNN's story "Pakistan captures high-level al Qaeda operative," you should have reminded the audience of the New Republic story saying the Bush administration pressured Pakistan to come up with the capture of "a high-level al Qaeda operative." They preferably wanted the announcement during the Democratic Convention. This guy was captured Sunday morning, but the announcement was withheld until Thursday (the most important day of the convention -- Kerry's speech). Is this not blatant proof of what the New Republic warned? Doesn't this deserve a mention?
After twelve years of saying (or allowing to be said with no rebuttal) that GHW Bush would have won the 1992 election if it had been a two-man race without Ross Perot, CNN finally shows the truth: Perot dropped out in the summer of 1992 and endorsed Bill Clinton. After that, Clinton led Bush 56% to 40%. I remember some polls showing a bigger lead. Now that this has been said, will you no longer allow the old myth or will you continue to allow Republicans to say anything no matter how false?
Subject: How in god's name has the GOP become the party of "results matter"?
According to THIS NEWS ARTICLE, the new GOP refrain has become "Results Matter." What positive results have the GOP given the American people? It is inhumane, to put it lightly, to tout "Results Matter" when there are no results. I am so terribly confused by their statements; can you remind me what results the GOP has provided?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Note from reader
Haven't been able to keep up with your site for the last few days. Glad I got on it today. The "Hypocrite of the Week" column was just great. Ever since Gulf War 1, I have turned my back on the TV networks. For that war I listened to shortwave, BBC in particular, and would watch CNN if I actually wanted to see anything. In fact I wrote an article for our local alternative newspaper when Gulf II began, suggesting that if people wanted a really fair look at what was going on they turn to shortwave. Great medium and quite varied.
As far as the networks go, and I'm saying this as a freelance writer and part time reporter, they can't walk and talk gum at the same time. That is, at least when journalism is considered.
My best wishes go with John Kerry and his campaign. As a Vietnam era vet I sure am rooting for him. It's about time we have a veteran, and especially a combat veteran, in the White House. As far as you people at BuzzFlash go, well I have only one thing to say, "KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND DON'T STOP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT!"
Thank you for your coverage of the convention, and making it feel like we were there too. I really enjoyed watching every evening the different speakers, and what they had to say. Each night I'd go to bed in a good mood, but last night I actually went to bed with chest pains, as right after the convention my daughter sent me two new emails ripping Kerry, and idolizing Bush. Well that really pissed me off, and my fingers were a flying on the key board.
With that forgotten, I get up this morning and my Uncle from Florida starts in with his bullshit about Kerry, and an article about Zell Miller and how the Republicans like him....that did it, I lost it, and now it's been hours since I heard from my Uncle, and with him describing what he drives, ( a Lexus and Lincoln town car) both paid with cash, and in Sept. he and his wife, his son and his wife are all going to Hawaii for a week, and he's picking up the tab, and next year he (my uncle) is going with his wife on a cross-country trek all across Canada by train.....it hit me like a ton of bricks, that I believe my Uncle is one of the 2% of the top of the Bush brigade!!!!! I never saw it coming!
Thank God my brother is a Democrat, but he hasn't spoken to me since Mama died 10 yrs ago.....I'm starting to feel like Shirley fron St Louis. Thank God three of my friends (I don't have many) are Democrats! I pray with all my heart that Kerry & Edwards win the election and that Michael Moore keeps an eye on all polls in Florida so no voter can be stopped from voting, and maybe then my relatives will shut the hell up! But I doubt it, but I would just love to rub it in!!
Thank you Buzz for being there bringing the truth in news and just for being there in general. Best site on the web!
A Loyal Buzz Fan Forever!
Subject: i sent this to meet the press i am so sick of this
can someone answer me: i sent this to meet the press in regards to asking questions -
Subject: defending the record
Holy Cow...it takes a lot of nerve for a president who has been on vacation about 40% of his time in office to criticize a senator who missed a few votes. How low can they stoop??? No, please don't answer that!! Now I know why I went to volunteer my time for Kerry/Edwards.
We, my good democrats, have a lot to do...much work...before Nov.2nd.
You know of course, that the protesters were shown to everyone at the democratic convention. I saw all of them, but, as usual, the ones at the Bush rally in Springfield, Mo., the most righteously, white home of John Ashcroft, were kept in their little pen, just like when he was here in St.Louis.
Doesn't anyone get it???
Subject: Re: Alternative News Week
I like Buzz fan R. David Goldberg's idea of tuning out the network news shows for a week, but especially for this reason: August is a sweeps ratings period, when the broadcast medium officially tallies its viewership (and listenership for radio). From the results come the advertising rates. If the viewership drops, they have to lower their advertising rates. With this in mind, perhaps we should consider two weeks of network news blackout, and really push this into a national event. Hitting the ol' corporate pocketbook in this way is, really, about the only way the little guy can step on Goliath's toes.When you step on someone's toes, they jump. And if there's anything those corporate media folks need, it's exercise.
Subject: Re: Your Afternoon Buzz
Chris Matthews is, I believe, a Bush supporter. I don't care for him either. He really tried to pin down the Democratic Convention as nothing more than what Al Sharpton's speech was, about left-wing Liberals.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Florida votes
I was just wondering, during an election when one votes for a president, isn't that considered a federal election? Just wondering.....if it is, then Jeb Bush should be arrested for tampering or hindering the election process. Isn't there some law to get this guy and his cronies on before the election so maybe the people of Fla. won't be disenfranchised? Just daydreaming as usual. A Loyal Buzz Fan Forever!
Subject: Boycott the major news media
Honest, unbiased news is dead in this country. Tune in to any major news channel and instead of receiving legitimate news, you'll be opening yourself up to lies and misinformation. The major networks are like a river. At one time you could trust and enjoy what flowed through it. Unfortunately the controls that were in place to protect its purity were removed and now it's polluted and unfit and what it carries is to be avoided.
Times have changed and we all need to change too. That's not all bad however. Those of us seeking truth have found each other here at BuzzFlash. We are aware enough of the media condition that we search for alternatives. Let the networks fester in their lies. Let their CEOs explain to their stockholders why their viewing public is down along with their advertising revenue as we abandon them.
I do watch an hour and a half of tv daily. One half hour of local in the morning, and I watch BBC at 6 p.m. and the Simpsons at 6:30 p.m. If anything traumatic is reported, I then head for my computer and get the news from the horse's mouth. I have no cable bill, as rabbit ears work just fine. I'm not telling others how to live, just that TV is like tobacco, once it's out of your life, things get much better.
p.s. I could live without the Simpsons but it's the closest thing to intelligence Fox has to offer.
Subject: Want to be a Bush Ambassador? Buy a Baseball Club
Excerpt, Royce Webb, ESPN Page 2 Columnist: Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 755. [On the Top 5 movies he'd like to see Moore make next...]
Subject: Media bias
God bless BuzzFlash. Please do all your loyal readers a service by printing addresses/contact info, etc. of all networks, CNN, etc., as well as so-called news men and women, so that we, the people, can voice our outrage at their blatant bias. Also, since Fox News is nothing more than one continuous campaign ad for the republicans, the democrats are owed a great deal of "equal time." How about a call for that plan?
[BuzzFlash Note: Scroll to the bottom of the BuzzFlash home page, where we provide links to many newspaper and broadcast news media. At their home pages, look for something like a "contact us" link.]
Subject: CSPAN ALERT!!!
Just read through a few letters regarding the media coverage of the convention, and noted the many who did not see it all.
PLEASE TELL YOUR READERS TO GO TO CSPAN; THEY HAVE A CONVENTION COVERAGE PAGE!!
You can download all the key speeches, several interviews and other talks, including one by Michael Moore.
And encourage your readers to frequent CSPAN; it is cable's public channel, and the 'no comment' coverage was SOOOO refreshing! Made me appreciate more fully just how insulting all that jabber really is, like Americans don't have the sense to just take the events and the words and draw their own conclusions.
And thanks for all you do!
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