Thursday, March 29, 2007

Hillary Scary?

Poll: Dems Win in '08, Hillary's Scary

FOX News poll finds Americans think a Democrat will win White House, but 1-in-4 would be 'scared' if it's Hillary Clinton

Both CNN.com and FoxNews.com are running stories about polls of the 2008 presidential election. CNN's is a Time.com article linked from their site about a TIME poll. Fox's is a Fox News poll. Interestingly, Fox shows the Democrats winning the presidency and CNN's Time poll shows the Republicans winning. Hillary Clinton really takes a hit in Fox's article. Check out these excerpts:

“... while many voters would be enthusiastic or pleased if any one of the current front-runners were to win, one candidate scares more people than the others — Sen. Hillary Clinton.”

“The bad news for Clinton is that she leads the pack at the negative end of the scale: 40 percent of voters say they would be displeased or scared if Clinton were to become the next president, 25 percent would feel that way if McCain won, 24 percent if Obama won and 24 percent Giuliani.”

“Furthermore, one of four voters — 26 percent — say they would be "scared" if Clinton were to win — that’s more than twice as many as those who say the same of Obama (11 percent) and McCain (9 percent) and more than three times as many as feel that way about Giuliani (8 percent).”

TIME does not use a word like “scary” but they do have some potential bad news for Hillary at this early point in the campaign:

In Clinton's case, as TIME pollster Mark Schulman points out, "with Hillary the Democratic front-runner, most voters have made up their minds about her, both pro and con. She may have limited upward potential against Republicans. ..."

Links to the articles:

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1604469,00.html?cnn=yes

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,262398,00.html


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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

DNC Labels Republican candidates

It appears that the DNC is providing labels for the Republican candidates on their web site and using these over and over again. Here they are:
Rudy is "the Rudy 'You Don't Yet Know' Giuliani"
Mitt is "'smooth talking' Mitt Romney"
John's name now frequently associated with "John McCain's 'do-anything-to-win campaign'"

Reminds me of a kid who keeps calling you names over and over again. The GOP has their issues too. For example, they are painting a picture of Barack Obama as a "rookie" who has no substance. The GOP however has not yet pinned specific labels consistently over time.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Can a candidate do some straight-talking?

Here's part of the problem in politics today. Candidates have to be so careful about what they say that they say nothing or only safe things or whatever their handlers tell them to say. CNN has an AP article on John McCain entitled “Straight talk makes McCain's staff 'insane'.” Here is a quote from the article:

Online video sites and blogs have made this cycle's campaign gaffes instantly available. Every error and every stutter that changes a meaning is now magnified -- and preserved as fodder for rivals during the 10 months before the first primaries and 20 months to the general election.

Here's another quote:

It's [McCain's campaign] a sharp contrast to other campaigns, which manage the candidates' public appearances and limit their exposure.

Candidates should be able to speak their mind and we all should give them a pass on honest slips of the tongue.

Link to the article:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/26/talking.mccain.ap/index.html


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Saturday, March 24, 2007

DNC vs. RNC: Negativity

I compared recent press releases from the two major parties to see to what degree they attack the other party as compared to talking about their own party and plans. By the way, the DNC puts out far more press releases than the RNC. Here is what I found:


Democratic National Committee

In checking the page with their latest press releases, 8 out of 10 were targeted mainly at the opposition as follows:

anti-McCain (2)

anti-Republican (3)

anti-Romney (2)

anti-Bush


Republican National Committee

Checking the Republican press releases for March, 3 out of 8 were attacking the other

anti-Obama

anti-Edwards

anti-Democrat



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Amen to Gov. Schwarzenegger

Governor Schwarzenegger made some great comments directed at candidates coming to campaign in California.

"It's very important that the candidates let us know how they feel about the very important issues," Schwarzenegger said. "I want to know how they would go about, when they go back to Washington, to bring Democrats and Republicans together." ...


"We don't want to hear the regular rhetoric, 'We should be firm but compassionate.' What does that really mean?" he said to laughter from the crowd. "Let's go into specifics, let's find out what they're talking about."

Here's a link to CNN's article:
http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/blogs/politicalticker/

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Both the Republican and Democratic parties love to point out anything that looks like flip-flopping, inconsistent messages, double-speak, or potential hypocrisy in their opponents. I think they make much to do about nothing many times by trying to overemphasize inconsistencies to distract from talking about the issues. This tactic often takes snippets of someone's comments out of context and comparing them side by side. I would agree that sometimes there are valid points to be made. But, it seems that some just want to paint the candidate a certain way. Here are some examples and you can decide for yourself:

From the Democratic National Committee:

“Just the Truth? Why the Republicans Have Changed Their Tune”

http://www.democrats.org/a/2007/03/republicans_sou.php


Flip-Flopping, Hair Muss Romney's Campaign”

http://www.democrats.org/a/2007/03/globe_flip-flop.php


“Trying to have it both ways” [John McCain]

http://www.democrats.org/a/2007/03/trying_to_have.php


“Oh really?” [Newt Gingrich]

http://www.democrats.org/a/2007/02/oh_really_1.php


From the Republican National Committee:

“Does Obama actually believe his own rhetoric on withdrawal from Iraq?”

http://www.gop.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=6848


“Calendar chaos” [a video of clips of Nancy Pelosi]

http://www.gop.com/MultiMedia/MediaPlayer.aspx?ID=1147&TypeID=2


A Calculating, Divisive, Lifelong Liberal With Political Baggage” [Hillary Clinton]

http://www.gop.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=6799


A Hypocritical, Inexperienced Liberal With A New Negative Attitude” [John Edwards]

http://www.gop.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=6798

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Coverage of Michael Moore's credibility

Two self-described “left-wingers" from Canada, Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine, did a documentary of Michael Moore entitled “Manufacturing Dissent.” Although still fans of Moore to some extent, the two are disillusioned with Michael Moore's methods and the film is apparently not very complimentary of the Fahrenheit 9/11 director and attacks his credibility. In doing a search on CNN's web site I found one AP article on March 13th. Fox gave it more notice with the same AP story on March 11th, a London Times article on March 5th, and mention in three other articles, plus a video clip. Here are the articles:


CNN:

1. Filmmakers question Michael Moore's tactics (03.13.2007)
As documentary filmmakers, Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine looked up to Michael Moore.


FOX:

Film Questions Michael Moore's Tactics - Celebrity ... Film Questions Michael Moore's Tactics, Documentary 'Manufacturing Dissent' turns cameras on Michael Moore and questions his tactics. FOXNews.com. ...

www.foxnews.com/wires/2007Mar11/0,4... - 8k - 2007-03-11

Festival Features Doc on Michael Moore - Celebrity ...

... The cameras get turned on Michael Moore for a change at the South by Southwest film festival, where the documentary "Manufacturing Dissent" will have its world ...

www.foxnews.com/wires/2007Mar08/0,4... - 10k - 2007-03-08

Documentary Film Takes on Michael Moore's ...

... In "Manufacturing Dissent," a documentary to be shown for the first time at a Texas film festival on Saturday, a pair of left-wing Canadian film-makers take ...

www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,256679... - 8k - 2007-03-05

An 'Inconvenient' Rebuttal to Al Gore's Global ...

... them. Their film is called "Manufacturing Dissent" — and it is set to premiere at the Texas Film Festival Saturday. Felony Threat. ...

www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,256798... - 9k - 2007-03-05


Look for `The Lookout' to Open SXSW

... Among the other films scheduled to play at South by Southwest, which runs through March 17, are the documentaries "Manufacturing Dissent," which follows ...

www.foxnews.com/wires/2007Jan08/0,4... - 6k - 2007-01-08



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Different perspectives on polls of Iraq

Both CNN.con and FoxNews.com ran stories on polls concerning the Iraq War. CNN reports on their own poll. Fox reports on a poll reported by the London Times. CNN highlights negative views of the Iraq situation while Fox's story has some positive aspects. Look at their respective headlines and opening sentences:


CNN:

Poll: Confidence in Iraq war down sharply

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Americans are starkly less confident and proud of their country's involvement in Iraq, according to poll results released Sunday.

However, the poll -- results of which were released on the eve of the Iraq war's 4-year anniversary -- also indicated that Americans are no more worried about the conflict than they were when it began in March 2003.


Fox:

Poll: Only 27 Percent of Iraqis Say Country Is in Civil War

Despite sectarian slaughter, ethnic cleansing and homicide bombs, an opinion poll conducted on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq has found a striking resilience and optimism among the inhabitants.

The poll, the biggest since coalition troops entered Iraq on March 20, 2003, shows that by a majority of two to one, Iraqis prefer the current leadership to Saddam Hussein 's regime, regardless of the security crisis and a lack of public services.

The survey, published today, also reveals that contrary to the views of many western analysts, most Iraqis do not believe they are embroiled in a civil war


Links:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/18/poll.wars/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,259405,00.html



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Friday, March 16, 2007

DNC picking on Mitt Romney

The Democratic National Committee is using name-calling tactics by trying to pin a label on Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney is referred to as “smooth talking Mitt Romney” in DNC press releases and posts on 3/15/2007, 3/9/2007, 3/7/2007, 3/3/2007, 2/28/2007, 2/26/2007, 2/22/2007, 2/21/2007, 2/13/2007, 2/8/2007, 2/5/2007, 1/31/2007, 1/26/2007, 1/24/2007, 1/22/2007 – you get the idea. This is reminiscent of the previous Republican tactic of calling John Kerry a flip-flopper. Say it enough times and hope it sticks. I detest this type of tactic and consider it a distraction from true dialog.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Iraq Withdrawal Vote

Both CNN and Fox ran AP articles about the Senate not passing a troop withdrawal proposal. Fox's headline is more anti-Dem than CNN and CNN's headline has some positive mixed in. I've shown the opening statements for both and you can see that Fox's emphasizes Reid's defeat.



Fox:

Harry Reid's Plan to Withdraw U.S. Troops From Iraq by March 2008 Fails in Senate

Thursday, March 15, 2007

WASHINGTON — Republicans handed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a defeat on the Iraq issue Thursday, voting down a proposal that would withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by March 31, 2008.

Democrats aggressively challenged President Bush's Iraq policy at both ends of the Capitol building, gaining House committee approval for a troop withdrawal deadline of Sept. 1, 2008, but suffering defeat in the Senate.

CNN:

Iraq pullout deadline advances in House, fails in Senate

POSTED: 6:33 p.m. EDT, March 15, 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats aggressively challenged President Bush's Iraq policy at both ends of the Capitol on Thursday, gaining House committee approval for a troop withdrawal deadline of September 1, 2008, but suffering defeat in the Senate on a less sweeping plan to end U.S. participation in the war.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

CNN poll on Iraq confusing

Unless I am missing something, CNN.com's reporting of their poll does not seem correct. Here is the headline and opening of the article:

Poll: Less than half of Americans think U.S. can win in Iraq

POSTED: 8:19 p.m. EDT, March 13, 2007

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Less than half of Americans think the United States can win the war in Iraq, according to a CNN poll released Tuesday. The results mark the first time since the war began four years ago that a majority did not say the United States can win. Forty-six percent of Americans polled say the United States cannot win, compared with the 37 percent that think the U.S. can win. An all-time low of 29 percent say things are going well in Iraq. (Interactive: Poll results)

When you click on “poll results” you see this



So, the article says 46% think the U.S. can win and 37% say it cannot win. However, the poll results graphic shows that it is 46% -- 46%. Something is not right. Also, while the headline says that less than half of Americans think the war in Iraq can be won, it is also true that less than half think the war cannot be won.

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Fox: Al Gore needs to cool it

FoxNews.com ran a story entitled, “Scientists: Gore Goes Too Far in 'An Inconvenient Truth'.” It concerns a report that was in the New York Times and opens with this statement:


Several experts on climate change, including both proponents and skeptics of the man-made global warming theory, question former Vice President Al Gore's assertions in his Academy Award-winning documentary film "An Inconvenient Truth."


Fox has had this on the home page all day. I have not seen it yet on CNN.com.


Link to the article:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,258462,00.html

Monday, March 12, 2007

CNN: Pics of Rudy and John

Could CNN have picked two worse pictures of JohnMcCain and Rudy Giuliani? The article is about a poll of leading GOP candidates.




CNN's article:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/12/giuliani.race/index.html

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Global Warming coverage

CNN.com and FoxNews.com both ran identical AP stories on a recent global warming report. I have shown in past posts how CNN tends to promote the global warming problem more that Fox. In this case, CNN adds four pictures which adds more emphasis to its article than Fox’s picture-less article. Here is one of CNN’s pictures with the caption: “Smoke billows from chimneys at a power plant in Chifeng, Mongolia. Scientists say they are 90 percent certain global warming is caused by humans.”


Other pictures were of traffic in LA, Alaskan beach erosion, and little snow in Switzerland.

Links to articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/03/10/climate.report.ap/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2007Mar11/0,4670,ClimateReport,00.html


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Saturday, March 10, 2007

CNN vs. Fox: Nevada Democratic Party backs out of debate

Dems cancel debate on Fox News. CNN reports that it is over a joke about Obama. Fox News runs a story about a story in a Las Vegas paper saying:

[the Las Vegas Revie Journal] blames the "socialist, Web-addicted wing of the Democratic Party" for sabotaging the debate, saying they were "apopleptic" over the thought of having to watch FOX News Channel in order to see their candidates.



Republican counter regarding the Scooter Libby case

I was looking at the Congressional Record for Friday the 9th and saw this statement by Joe Pitts (R-PA). There are obviously issues on both sides of the aisle. I think at least Pitts makes a strong point without using extreme language.

Mr. PITTS. Madam Speaker, no town likes a scandal, real or invented, more than Washington, DC, and the latest news involving Scooter Libby has the Beltway crowd abuzz.

Madam Speaker, if Scooter Libby broke the law, he should be held to account. But with all the attention being paid to this scandal, I can't help but think of the double standard that seems to be at play here. Scooter Libby is being prosecuted for the exact same offense that ensnared former President Bill Clinton, lying under oath, perjury and obstruction of justice. But the same people today who are calling for Libby's head were insisting back then that Bill Clinton's offense was no big deal. And the hypocrisy doesn't end there. Where was the liberal outrage when Sandy Berger was caught destroying classified documents and received a slap on the wrist? What about sweetheart land deals or refrigerated cash? Madam Speaker, the American ideal is equal justice under the law. Let's enforce the law, and let's do so equally, regardless of politics.


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Thursday, March 08, 2007

DNC vs.RNC: Democrats plan for Iraq

The Democrats have a plan for bringing U.S. Troops home that is being proposed in the House. I looked at the national committee web sites for the Democrats and Republicans to see what they had to say. The RNC has a statement from the chairman, Robert “Mike” Duncan and the DNC has a posting by Michal link. I was a little disappointed in the words used by both that are not conducive to a civil debate.


The RNC refers to the proposed legislation as a “slow-bleed plan.” They also use “cut and run,” “deadline for retreat,” and “defeat and retreat.”


The DNC says the legislation will “attack the neglect of returning troops and veterans” (kind of a broad statement that takes advantage of the Walter Reed incident). Rather than a war on terror in Iraq, the DNC statement talks of bringing to an end our “participation in Iraq's civil war.” It also refers to “Bush's failed Iraq policy.”


My point here is not the specific points that each are making because each have some valid things to say. However, I believe they could choose words that are less confrontational that would lead to better dialog. I recognize that there is a lot of anger but we need to control that and debate this as calmly as possible. Both parties want the same thing. Both want peace. Give peace a chance!


Links to the statements:

http://www.democrats.org/a/2007/03/house_democrats.php

http://www.gop.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=6814

Headlines: General Petraeus' comments

CNN is running a Reuters story on recent comments by General Petraeus, chief of U.S. Forces in Iraq. Fox is running an AP story. CNN uses these two quotes early in the article:

"There is no military solution to a problem like that in Iraq, to the insurgency of Iraq," Petraeus said."Military action is necessary to help improve security ... but it is not sufficient."

CNN uses the first statement above for their headline while Fox uses the latter. CNN's headline is more negative concerning our military efforts while Fox's headline implies that the military part is important but that more is needed on the political side:

CNN: No military solution to Iraq - U.S. chief

Fox: Petraeus: Military Force Alone 'Not Sufficient' to End Iraq Violence

Links to the articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/03/08/iraq.petraeus.reut/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,257678,00.html


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

CNN: Obama changing his accent?

While FoxNews ran a story on Hillary changing her accent in Selma, CNN today has a video showing not just Hillary but also Barack Obama changing his accent (as well as a few other people including Oprah). It still makes me wonder whether or not Fox has a more anti-Hillary bias than CNN, as I noted a few postings ago. Also, maybe CNN is trying to downplay Hillary's actions by showing many others doing it including Oprah.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Fox: Hillary changing her accent?

FoxNews.com is running a short article saying that Hillary may be changing her accent as she moves around the country. They offer two video clips for comparison. Of course, the clips do not show the context of the entire speech in either case but her "southern" accent in Selma is very different sounding from her speech in Johnston, Iowa. Here's a link to the article:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,256747,00.html


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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Clinton vs. Obama: CNN and Fox taking sides?

Presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama each made appearances in Selma, AL today. FoxNews.com ran an AP story and CNN.com ran their own story. Fox appeared to favor Obama a bit and CNN seemed to favor Clinton when the two articles are compared. Here are a few things I noticed:

1. CNN says "After their speeches, Obama and Clinton greeted each other at a rally re-enacting part of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge." Fox, however, in the AP story, credits Obama with the initiative with "Obama, who shed his coat and tie for the march, approached Clinton at one point and the two chatted for a few seconds before moving back to opposite sides of the street."

2. CNN credits Clinton with mentioning Obama but later adds "Obama did not mention Sen. Clinton in his remarks at Brown Chapel A.M.E." However Fox notes "Despite the intense rivalry between their campaigns, the two praised each other. " Fox gives quotes from both.

3. CNN and Fox both devote about the same percentage of their articles to what Obama said (about one-third). CNN's article had about 25% of its article about Clinton's comments whereas Fox only had about 18%.

4. This may be subtle but Fox uses Obama's last name in the headline but uses Clinton's first name. CNN uses last names for both. Is Fox distinguishing between Hillary and Bill or are they being disrespectful by being less formal?

RNC and DNC propoganda

The Republican National Committee has chosen an interesting set of pictures of the Democratic presidential hopefuls. Check out this picture from their web site. Notice that not one is smiling and they look kind of mean. Hillary looks like she is whistling.
The Democratic National Committee is showing this graphic with the headline "Wall Street Continues it Downward Slide." They didn't have much to say when things were going well but now want to pin blame on the administration and the GOP as the economy dips.