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October 04, 2004

Cameron-gate Far Worse Than Rather-gate

By Andrew Dobbs

Dan Rather, a CBS anchor suspected of an affinity for the Democrats unwittingly reports that some forged documents are real and though Bush never denies the substance of the documents, the GOP is ready to string Rather up.

Meanwhile, Carl Cameron, Fox News' Cheif Political Correspondant, has a wife that works for Bush/Cheney and this week he openly admits to making up quotes from John Kerry. My question- where is the outrage?

The article alleged to cover a post-debate rally by Kerry at which the Massachusetts senator was purported to gush over his "metrosexual" appearance.

"Didn't my nails and cuticles look great? What a good debate!" the article by the Cameron read, purportedly quoting Kerry after the event.

"Women should like me! I do manicures," the story also quotes Kerry as telling the crowd.

The article also has the Democratic candidate contrasting himself to US President George W. Bush.

"I'm metrosexual -- he's a cowboy," Cameron quoted Kerry as saying.

Officials for Fox, which has been criticized for being biased towards Bush's Republican party, decline to explain how the spoof article ended up on the network's website.

Yeah, so here are a couple of problems. Either Fox News is lying and they wanted people to believe that Kerry actually said these things or the lines of journalistic integrity are so blurred there that their chief political reporter- the husband of a Bush campaign staffer- is also spending his free time writing anti-Kerry spoofs and their staff is so inept that they put a rather unfunny spoof up where real news is supposed to go.

Fox News is incompetent, unethical and perhaps even straight up dishonest. When will the National Review begin their screeds against "Cameron-gate"?

Posted by Andrew Dobbs at October 4, 2004 03:27 PM | TrackBack


Lets see a web posting, which is not a regulated free speech environment and is not broadcast over the public airwaves overtrumps DNC/CBS over the air broadcast, which has regulated public responsibity of fairness and correctness. Anyone can place anything on the net. Not just anyone can broadcast over the airwaves. There is licensing and regulation from the federal government. Burntorangereport.com did not need to get any licensing or regulatory approval from the feds. Neither did FOX.

Still looking back at ya

Posted by: peter at October 4, 2004 10:34 PM

I suppose the difference might lie in the purposes, as well as the handling, of the two stories.
CBS ran a very questionable story based on extremely questionable memos, against the warnings of it's own experts, in a blatant attempt to damage a sitting President during a reelection campaign.
Fox ran some items that were obvious jokes, and never meant by their author to be broadcast.
Rather has spoken at one or more DNC fundraisers, quite recently, as well as having a history of personal dislike, verging on hatred, for the Bush family.
Cameron's WIFE (not Cameron himself) worked for the Bush campaign 4 years ago.
CBS held onto the the story for over a week, before issuing a grudging "we were had" statement.
Fox took down the jokes within hours and apologized immediately.
I'm not sure where the outrage is, but I am certain where your double standard is.

Posted by: Donald.D52 at October 5, 2004 07:06 PM
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