Friday, January 30, 2004
Too Little, Too Late
OpEd News commentary by Becky Burgwin
- The press did its job of destroying the most innovative and gutsy candidate in the race with its usual skill and aplomb and a bunch of mea culpas aren't going to change that.
Here's what they did. They brought down the candidate who's done more for the Democratic Party and politics in general than anyone in recent history, at a time when our country was in desperate need of a shot in the arm. They beat him to death for 6 months and then they kicked him when he was down. I know, I know this is how they operate...
Yesterday, Diane Sawyer admitted that Howard Dean's "I Have a Scream" speech was played by the media in a way that was misleading. You think? To hear her say this is vindicating, but it's way too little and way too late. Even I knew that the feed from the microphone was editing out the crowd noise, so why didn't she? Then she says she called a bunch of the cable news channels and they all admitted to getting carried away and airing the clip way too many times.