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Friday, October 29, 2004

60 Minutes at it again...

The al Qaqaa explosives story...ahem...blows up in their faces. Rathergate (60 Minutes II)...ahem...forges a stream of iniquity...So, what's a partisan news hour to do? Well, if at first you don't succeed try try TRY AGAIN.

The New York Post gave the first heads up on a segment added to Sunday's 60 Minutes.

Also yesterday, CBS, which had planned to break the explosives story on "60 Minutes" on Sunday — 36 hours before the election — said it now plans to run a story on the show charging that U.S. troops were sent to Iraq without proper body armor because of Bush's tax cuts, a charge often leveled by Kerry.

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If you check out the 60 Minutes site you can check out their segments in the Scoops section. However, you can, also, see that Steve Kroft was already doing a story on Jon Stewart before they added the most recent Kerry booster story.

The new segement is:
60 Minutes:HARM'S WAY: Even though roadside explosive devices account for half of all the war's U.S. casualties, soldiers are still getting killed and wounded by them because the Pentagon hasn't provided enough fully-armored vehicles to protect them. Steve Kroft reports.


Two stories, one reporter...not likely on 60 Minutes...More than likely, Harm's Way is a late entry due to the al Qaqaa screw up. Why not a nice story on puppies? Because, that wouldn't help Kerry defeat Bush.

Compare the 60 Minutes teaser to Kerry's comments from Debate #1:

"I've met kids in Ohio, parents in Wisconsin, places, Iowa, where they're going out on the Internet to get the state-of-the-art body gear to send to their kids. Some of them got them for birthday presents. I think that's wrong. Humvees, 10,000 out of 12,000 Humvees that are over there aren't armored. And you go visit some of those kids in the hospitals today who were maimed because they don't have the armament.

This president just, I don't know if he sees what's really happening there. But it's getting worse by the day. More soldiers killed in June than before. More in July than June. More in August than July. More in September than in August. "


Not much left to the imagination. The 60 Minutes teaser plays like a Kerry stump speech. And while 60 Minutes scrambles to get an anti-Bush piece on before Nov. 2nd (any piece at all), ABC News was holding back a tape of the "American Terrorist" that played right into Bush's campaign position on National Security.

As put out by Drudge:
One ABC source, who demanded anonymity, said Thursday morning, the network was struggling to find a correct journalistic "balance."

"This is not something you just throw out there while people are voting," the ABC source explained.


My guess is that 60 Minutes will try to tie in another NY Times story and focus on the 343rd Quartermaster Company which refused a mission (allegedly due to poor equipment). Look to see if contributing journalists are listed; such as NEELA BANERJEE AND ARIEL HART; MONICA DAVEY as well as RICHARD A. OPPEL JR. AND DEXTER FILKINS FROM BAGHDAD.

Those stories and Andy Rooney...in 60 Minutes...which I have yet to see listed as a soft money contribution on Open Secrets

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