Gore's too-willing executioners

By Eric Boehlert


Letters to the Editor
October 31, 2000 1:43PM (UTC)

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I can only agree wholeheartedly. I work at home and usually keep one of the 24/7 news channels on as background noise. During these final days running up to Nov. 7, I find myself continually turning around throughout the day, gaping at my TV at the latest outpouring of gratuitous praise by the punditry for Bush's "charm" and "likeability."

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Cut to the Gore campaign, and the inevitable voiceovers of his uphill battles with Nader sapping his electoral strength, or his "difficulties" in maintaining his base after the debates, or his "exaggerations and embellishments."

I can't help but recall an episode of "The Simpsons" in which the mayor of Springfield, "Diamond" Joe Quimby, is displayed in a televised debate: sweating like Nixon in 1960, disheveled hair formed into two horns on his head and encircled by "flames added electronically."

By next week, I fully expect to see similar graphics applied to Gore -- the hostility toward Gore by the major media outlets is increasingly palpable.

-- Michael Kosog

Thank you for Eric Boehlert's article about the press and Al Gore. As a Canadian who follows U.S. politics, I have been amazed at how negative the press coverage has been for Gore, who is obviously the ideal choice for president and would be one of the best presidents the United States has ever had. This article explained the stupid, negative, trivial commentary I have been reading about Gore.

I conclude that the press wants Bush elected so that, for the next four years, they can write about how disappointing or negative or underachieving or misguided his presidency is and so maintain their belief in their own superiority over any politician. (It would be easy for any journalist, no matter how uninformed or ignorant themselves, to feel superior to Bush.) I hope that the Democrats can get their vote out on election day and get Gore into office.

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-- Cathie Fornssler


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