The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Sunday, October 31, 2004

There Is No Liberal Media Bias, Halloween Edition

Via Drudge I found this AP article on a spat between Dick Cheney and the Kerry campaign:

Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) said Sunday that Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites)'s first response to Osama bin Laden (news - web sites)'s new videotape was to take a poll to find out what he should say about it.

A spokesman for Kerry's campaign did not deny polling on the bin Laden videotape, but suggested President Bush (news - web sites) has done so. Bush's campaign strategist denied asking any poll questions about the al-Qaida terrorist.

"The thing that I find amazing about it is that John Kerry's first response was to go conduct a poll," Cheney told supporters in Fort Dodge, Iowa. "He went into the field ... to find out what he should say about this tape of Osama bin Laden."

"It's as though he doesn't know what he believes until he has to go and check the polls, his finger in the air, to see which way the wind is blowing and then he'll make a decision," said the vice president, who offered no evidence to back up his claim.

He provided no evidence? That dastardly Hallibutthead!

But ...

Lockhart said Cheney was referring to a Democracy Corps poll and inaccurately linked it to the Kerry campaign's private polling. Democracy Corps is a Democratic organization and not part of the Kerry campaign, though its management has worked closely with Kerry's team.

Its most recent poll asked voters about the bin Laden tape and found that more people said it made them feel like Bush had taken his "eye off the ball" in the war on terror than thought it underscored the importance of the president's approach.

A conference call with reporters on the poll included Kerry campaign staffers.

"For the Kerry campaign to say that this poll is not their own is laughable when Tad Devine and Joe Lockhart are the ones presenting the results," Cheney campaign spokeswoman Anne Womack said as the vice president arrived in New Mexico for a campaign appearance.

So ... Cheney did provide evidence! Maybe it wasn't definitive or conclusive, but then neither is the evidence arrayed against Scott Peterson. Would the AP say that prosecutors had not provided evidence that Scott Peterson murdered his wife?

But I'm sure if it was a Republican-affiliated organization that had polled on the Bin Laden question and John Edwards had made the charge, the Associated Press would have treated him with exactly the same skepticism.



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