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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 02:42 PM
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Tim Russert and the "hidden" Bush pin under his lapel
http://www.makethemaccountable.com/podvin/media/020109_...

1/9/02
CHOCOLATES AND NYLONS, SIR?

By David Podvin

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Russert expounded on how being employed by GE had brought him to the realization that things functioned better when Republicans were in charge.

...snip...

I still believe, Russert said, leaning across the table. I believe in everything I ever did. But I also know that I never would have become moderator on Meet The Press if my employers were uncomfortable with me. And, given the amount of money at stake, millions of dollars, I dont blame them. This is business.The executive agreed. But are you concerned about losing yourself? You know, selling out? Russert pounded the table. Integrity is for paupers!

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For much of the eighties, Russert coordinated specials on summits and foreign policy related topics. His breakthrough performance occurred in 1990, when he oversaw the production of the prime time special, A Day In The Life Of President Bush. The show was so worshipful and fawning that one embarrassed production assistant referred to it as Deep Throat: The Missing Footage. By this time, however, Russert had figured out that only one opinion counted. Jack Welch loved the program, telling an associate that it hit just the right note.

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Throughout 2000, with less pretense of objectivity than ever, Russert dutifully echoed the Republican theme that the Democratic nominee was dishonest. Week after week, the topic on Meet The Press was the repeated lying of Al Gore. One lowlight of Russerts descent into shameless propagandist occurred when it was revealed that George W. Bush had been convicted of drunk driving in Maine, thereby proving that the Republican candidate had been deceitful when he was questioned about whether he had ever been arrested. Russerts immediate response on national television was, The question on everybodys mind is, Did the Gore campaign have something to do with the release of this information? That was not the question on everybodys mind; a poll taken immediately after the revelation showed that most Americans did not believe that Gore was involved. It was, however, the question being faxed nationally by the Republicans in a memo circulated to their operatives who were responsible for diverting attention from the fact that their candidate was guilty of, for want of a better term, repeated lying.

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During the 2000 presidential campaign, Russert established a link between Meet The Press and the G.O.P. opposition research team that was responsible for digging up dirt/manufacturing dirt on Al Gore. On election night, after conferring with Welch, Russert demanded that Gore quit the race before the legally mandated recount took place in Florida. The next morning, on the Today Show, he repeated the demand. During the recount, Russert actively campaigned for Bush, going so far as to insist that Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman endorse the counting of illegally cast military ballots that would benefit George W.

There have been reports from those who were present that journalist Tim Russert was wearing a Bush For President lapel pin when he attended the traditional Al Smith Dinner in New York shortly before the election. This should be interpreted as less of an endorsement than a brownnosing. Russert was accompanied by Welch, who was a strong supporter of Bush and completely intolerant of dissent on the matter.

....please read the whole article....
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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 02:46 PM
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1. Thank you for that reminder...
When I first heard about the interview, I could only laugh and remember the image of Russert at a party with a Bush pin under his lapel.

Russie just about as "fair and balanced" and Faux when it comes to Georgie.
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bucknaked Donating Member (818 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 02:48 PM
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2. So much for the "liberal media."
Guess the conservatives will have to find a new excuse for why their ideas don't sell with the public.
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 02:53 PM
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4. I don't know if
I can sit through the "interview" or not. How will they hide Shrub's earpiece? This is so sick. NBC and Russert much think the public is really stupid.
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tptgrl Donating Member (19 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 03:40 PM
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8. Of course they do
but it's more like misled!
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 02:49 PM
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3. Like I said in another thread
Russert + Bush = Journalistic fellatio

The show should be called Meet the State Press.
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Lefergus70 Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 03:05 PM
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5. This is so depressing.
As long as Republican shills like Tim Russett rise to the top and liberals like Phil Donoghue get booted out, masses of the American public will never know enough to question authority.
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Lefergus70 Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 03:09 PM
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6. Oops!
Sorry, I'm an expat and didn't spell Russert and Donahue right (still not sure about Donahue but I've seen him during many summer vacations in Maine; and Russert too.)
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 07:28 PM
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16. Hi Lefergus70!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 03:12 PM
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7. It's Tim Russert's fault that Joe Lieberman endorsed counting
It's Tim Russert's fault that Joe Lieberman endorsed counting ballots mailed AFTER the election from soldiers abroad?

Joe Lieberman has no responsibility for the words which come out of his own mouth?

That line in the article diminished its credibiility for me.
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salinen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 03:48 PM
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9. When this interview ends
the Republicans will have only $199,000,000 remaining.
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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 04:26 PM
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11. Russert pushed for it.

Lieberman shouldn't hae said it, but Russert was pressuring him and you know how Dems are always being depicted as "anti-military" or "not supporting the troops."

Russert is a shameless media whore.
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pa28 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 04:21 PM
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10. Great article
Anybody who still thinks Russert is tough on everybody should read it.
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Malva Zebrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 04:29 PM
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12. Why does this remind me of the USS Lincoln staged event?
Edited on Sat Feb-07-04 04:30 PM by Marianne


I cannot stand these Bush props any longer. I want a real man and a real first lady as my leaders and not these two plastic empty headed robots. This photo is mysticism and mythology and more staging of events.

I probably will not watch it. What is the use? I know it will be a hand out to Bush, otherwise he would not consent to appearing with Russert. We all know that. We all know how he manages these things.

Everything with this jerk is for show--nothing is real to this liar.
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 06:01 PM
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13. Is Bush going to stuff a sock in his trousers?
I can't wait to see the miserable failure get so tongue tied from lying that his tongue ends up wagging out his rear end.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 06:09 PM
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14. "Deep Throat; The Missing Footage" - Hee hawww
That would be a hoot-and-a-half as we say out west, if it were not also so revealing of a pathetic sell-out.

Naturally, the Smirk would choose the Snark for his "Chimpy's Big Interview."


"Ahhh, now, Mr. President of the United States of America and the Home of the Free and the Brave all that, were you and Mrs. Bush and all your "Family Values" family members as thrilled as all upstanding Americans that the "Patriots" won the Super Bowl?"

"Oh, wiat, excuse me, I forgot. You fell asleep during the Super Bowl again this year. Quite a track record you are building for yourself."
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cryofan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-07-04 06:33 PM
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15. how can we take this...
....motherfucker down? This represents all that we have suspected about CorpGovMedia. How can anyone read this and deny what Chomsky is saying?
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