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Posted: 10/8/2004 8:40:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/8/2004 8:57:14 PM EST by NYPatriot]
It seems like ABC is having their own "Rather moment"...

www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1239754/posts


ABCNEWS POLITICAL DIRECTOR MEMO SPARKS CONTROVERSY: BOTH SIDES NOT 'EQUALLY ACCOUNTABLE'

**Exclusive**

An internal memo written by ABCNEWS Political Director Mark Halperin admonishes ABC staff: During coverage of Democrat Kerry and Republican Bush not to "reflexively and artificially hold both sides 'equally' accountable."

The controversial internal memo obtained by DRUDGE, captures Halperin stating how "Kerry distorts, takes out of context, and mistakes all the time, but these are not central to his efforts to win."

But Halperin claims that Bush is hoping to "win the election by destroying Senator Kerry at least partly through distortions."

"The current Bush attacks on Kerry involve distortions and taking things out of context in a way that goes beyond what Kerry has done," Halperin writes.


Halperin's claim that ABCNEWS will not "reflexively and artificially hold both sides 'equally' accountable" set off sparks in St. Louis where media players gathered to cover the second presidential debate.

Halperin states the responsibilities of the ABCNEWS staff have "become quite grave."

In August, Halperin declared online: "This is now John Kerry's contest to lose."

x x x x x

Halperin Memo Dated Friday October 8, 2004

It goes without saying that the stakes are getting very high for the country and the campaigns - and our responsibilities become quite grave

I do not want to set off (sp?) and endless colloquy that none of us have time for today - nor do I want to stifle one. Please respond if you feel you can advance the discussion.

The New York Times (Nagourney/Stevenson) and Howard Fineman on the web both make the same point today: the current Bush attacks on Kerry involve distortions and taking things out of context in a way that goes beyond what Kerry has done.

Kerry distorts, takes out of context, and mistakes all the time, but these are not central to his efforts to win.

We have a responsibility to hold both sides accountable to the public interest, but that doesn't mean we reflexively and artificially hold both sides "equally" accountable when the facts don't warrant that.

I'm sure many of you have this week felt the stepped up Bush efforts to complain about our coverage. This is all part of their efforts to get away with as much as possible with the stepped up, renewed efforts to win the election by destroying Senator Kerry at least partly through distortions.

It's up to Kerry to defend himself, of course. But as one of the few news organizations with the skill and strength to help voters evaluate what the candidates are saying to serve the public interest. Now is the time for all of us to step up and do that right."


Link Posted: 10/8/2004 8:47:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/8/2004 8:48:53 PM EST by lippo]
Ummm....not surprised.


ABC = Another Bias Company
NBC = Nazi Broadcasting Company
CBS = Canned Bull Sh*t
CNN = KCerry National News
MSNBC = More sh*t nobody believes Company

Link Posted: 10/8/2004 8:54:07 PM EST
The media companies can't seem to get a gripe that their monopoly on information has been broken. Anything they say or do can be refuted or verified in minutes.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 8:56:29 PM EST
[clauderaines]I'm shocked, shocked![/clauderaines]
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 9:32:27 PM EST
Guys, this is a BOMBSHELL... don't let this topic slip into oblivion!!!

Sure... we all know that the MSM has an extreme Left leaning bias, but this is a smoking gun, if you will.

We have the Political Director of a major news outlet ordering his underlings to report the news in such a way as to directly benefit a particular presidential candidate, and to undermine another!!!

If this memo is the real deal, it is the final nail in the MSM's coffin!


Link Posted: 10/8/2004 10:54:50 PM EST
BTT
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 12:10:37 AM EST
Yeah I hadn't figured that out having seen the memo like six months ago...
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 2:26:57 AM EST
www.abcnews.go.com/service/help/abccontact.html

I sent them a nice note pointing out their declining influence and viewership ratings , then cited this memo {and the mindset behind it) as a possible contributing factor.

None of their channels are selectable on my remote anyway.... don't watch broadcast anymore and was shocked when I saw some of the shit that passes for programming during prime time last week at a friends place.

Rip
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 2:38:27 AM EST

Originally Posted By NYPatriot:
Guys, this is a BOMBSHELL... don't let this topic slip into oblivion!!!

Sure... we all know that the MSM has an extreme Left leaning bias, but this is a smoking gun, if you will.

We have the Political Director of a major news outlet ordering his underlings to report the news in such a way as to directly benefit a particular presidential candidate, and to undermine another!!!

If this memo is the real deal, it is the final nail in the MSM's coffin!


Sure, it's a bombshell. Who's going to report on it? Them?

Heheheh.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 2:42:32 AM EST
I've been looking for that one. I dropped them a little note.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 3:21:21 AM EST
Quotes from that memo should be incorporated into a Bush commercial. Shown on ABC!

Hey, with the equal time laws in force for TV, they would have to run it!
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 3:24:46 AM EST

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
Sure, it's a bombshell. Who's going to report on it? Them?

Heheheh.



<cough>Fox<cough>
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 3:35:14 AM EST

Originally Posted By Skibane:

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
Sure, it's a bombshell. Who's going to report on it? Them?

Heheheh.



<cough>Fox<cough>



+1
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 3:55:36 AM EST
So who still watches ABC anyway?
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 4:25:19 AM EST
Well, it shouldn't be long before ABC issues another memo saying, "We did not issue that memo."




CMOS
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 5:09:45 AM EST

Originally Posted By rippler:
www.abcnews.go.com/service/help/abccontact.html

I sent them a nice note pointing out their declining influence and viewership ratings , then cited this memo {and the mindset behind it) as a possible contributing factor.

None of their channels are selectable on my remote anyway.... don't watch broadcast anymore and was shocked when I saw some of the shit that passes for programming during prime time last week at a friends place.

Rip



Let us know if you get a rational reply. Like that'll happen. :)

Same here with the TV programming. Both CNN channels, msnbc, and network tv are all programmed out of my remote.

Scott

Link Posted: 10/9/2004 7:14:45 AM EST
I'm stunned.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 7:25:02 AM EST
I can't watch Broadcast TV NEWS anymore - they are NoT watchdog groups for the people.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 7:33:07 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/9/2004 7:33:29 AM EST by ArmdLbrl]
Has this been confirmed?

And how was this acquired?
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 8:06:58 AM EST
Imagine if a bill were introduced in congress to require new shows to be fair and balanced... I could hear the screams of violation of free speech rights now.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 8:50:24 AM EST
Time to boycot!
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 9:27:38 AM EST
The whole of the traditional media is corrupt. This is not news, only confirmation.

The good thing is that they are in their death throws. Pretty soon even the sheep will realize that its not 'The News', its indoctrination.

(Well, you're right, the sheep will probably never wake up.)
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 9:34:43 AM EST
How was this found?

Did a "insider" blow the whistle?

Did somebody show up at the presidential debate with a scanner and steal it off the reporters wireless modems?

Was someone outside ABC in New York scanning their wireless network?

How?

Are the fonts correct?
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 9:35:24 AM EST
J-school jerk-offs.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 11:34:34 AM EST
This is my surprised face.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 11:38:21 AM EST
Well, Fox is running with the story –

The S has HTF...
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 11:42:59 AM EST

Originally Posted By ArmdLbrl:
Has this been confirmed?

And how was this acquired?



I saw it on Drudge.... and you know it just pisses the Big 3 off when he gets an exclusive :)

Rip
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 12:53:47 PM EST
They are running with this on FOX. Gotta love it.
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