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KaraokeKarlton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 04:38 PM
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CBS News web article: Defending Dean's Scream
(note that there is a link above Dean's picture to a video of his appearance on Letterman's Top 10 List last night for anyone who didn't see it.)

Here's some of the article:


But the press corps' decision that the Scream was serious is a bit more disturbing. One of the many character flaws common to the species 'reporter' -- one that I have in spades -- is an exaggerated pleasure in the fall of the mighty. There is some of that happening with Dean right now. I don't get too worked up about the media "making" or "creating" stories; there is no way for that not to happen in modern government and politics. But this time I do think Dean is getting a very bad rap.

From what I have heard, the reporters in the room when Dean allegedly wigged out didn't think there was anything odd about it. It seemed appropriate and unremarkable. He was talking to some 3,000 volunteers, many young, who had worked devotedly for his campaign. He wanted to keep them pumped and he did what politicians and coaches do at pep rallies.

I've looked at the tape many times and that's how it plays for me. Sure, if he had done it during a State of the Union speech or an appearance before the Council on Foreign Relations, it would have been crazy. But this was a rally. So spare me.


And the link: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/01/23/opinion/meyer...
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 04:46 PM
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1. I love Dick Meyer
He's about my age, too. :evilgrin:

BTW, both times I've written to him, I've had a very nice reply.
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Melodybe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 05:26 PM
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4. I just wrote him a thank you letter
Thank you for posting the link, we have to give them credit when they do something good.
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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 04:55 PM
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2. kick
:kick: YAAAAAAAA!
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trapper914 Donating Member (796 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 05:00 PM
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3. Excellent Piece
...and the video was hilarious, although I wish I could've seen the entire Top 10.

Through all this, I think Dean has taken it like a man. He's poked fun at himself, taken jabs from Al Sharpton in the debate (pretty funny line from Al, I thought), and was very honest on Diane Sawyer. He may not be able to recover, but he has my respect with regard to this "issue."
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