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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Dick Thompson Letter 10/06/04

Cable TV Shills

Having miserably lost the first presidential debate, President Bush hurriedly scrapped a planned address on medical liability reform to a Wilkes-Barre, PA, Republican gathering the following Wednesday, and announced a major address on foreign policy and the economy.

Falling for the bait, the major cable TV news networks carried Bush's speech live, in its entirety. Far from being a presidential address on serious matters, the presentation was a standard Bush stump speech, replete with innumerable half-truths, distortions and outright lies.

Each network, recognizing that it was airing a Bush commercial instead of a serious and substantive address on matters of state, could have returned to normal programming, as each has done in the past in similar circumstances.
In continuing to air this litany of lies, the cable TV networks showed themselves not to be providers of news, but apparatchiks in Bush's attempt to re-do the debate he so disastrously lost to Senator Kerry.

It is extraordinarily unfortunate that in the closing weeks of the presidential election debate, cable TV networks choose uncritical partisan airings of entire candidate stump speeches, instead of substantive reporting and analysis of actual occurrences, differences in candidate positions, and accuracy of candidate claims.

I await the outraged right-wing cries about "liberal media bias" over this cable TV promotion of Bush propaganda over campaign substance.

Dick Thompson


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