Salon has a good take on the "convention coverage."
Clearly, Kerry's a shoe-in if the networks do their duty and stopped the right-wing spin.
But they probably won't.
The good news, though, is their broadcasting is dying. Alternative media is getting messages out that they don't want to hear.
Meanwhile, the local paper's David Reinhard lies (again):
"Jimmy Carter gave into unbridled Bush-bashing."
Carter's speech is here.
What did President Carter say to offend Mr. Reinhard?
What a difference these few months of extremism have made. The United States has alienated its allies, dismayed its friends, and inadvertently gratified its enemies by proclaiming a confused and disturbing strategy of preemptive war. With our allies disunited, the world resenting us, and the Middle East ablaze, we need John Kerry to restore life to the global war against terrorism. (Cheers, applause.)
In the meantime, the Middle East peace process has come to a screeching halt. From the first time since Israel became a nation, all former presidents, Democratic and Republican, have attempted to secure a comprehensive peace for Israel with hope and justice for the Palestinians. The achievements of Camp David a quarter century ago and the more recent progress made by President Bill Clinton are now in peril.
Instead, violence has gripped the Holy Land, with the region increasingly swept by anti-American passions. This must change. (Applause.)
Elsewhere, North Korea's nuclear menace, a threat far more real and immediate than any posed by Saddam Hussein, has been allowed to advance unheeded, with potentially ominous consequences for peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
These are some of the prices our government has paid with this radical departure from basic American principles and values that are espoused by John Kerry. (Applause.) In repudiating -- in repudiating extremism, we need to recommit ourselves to a few common-sense principles that should transcend partisan differences.
First, we cannot enhance our own security if we place in jeopardy what is most precious to us; namely, the centrality of human rights in our daily lives and in global affairs. (Applause.)
Second, we cannot maintain our historic self-confidence as a people if we generate public panic. (Applause.)
Third, we cannot do our duty as citizens and patriots if we pursue an agenda that polarizes and divides our country. (Applause.)
Next, we cannot be true to ourselves if we mistreat others.
And finally, in the world at large we cannot lead if our leaders mislead. (Cheers, applause.)
You can't be a war president one day and claim to be a peace president the next -- (cheers, applause) -- depending on the latest political polls. (Cheers, applause.)
Of course, every single word is true.
You see, for people like David Reinhard, telling the truth is "unbridled Bush bashing."
Perhaps, though, what really bothers Reinhard is that Carter (to steal shamelessly from Ron Reagan) craps bigger ones than George W. Bush.
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