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  •  "weighing the fate" are Pickler's words (1+ / 0-)
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    Now Pickler is to be trusted!??!??

    JRE 2008
    "We should ask the American people to be patriotic about something other than war."
    -John Edwards

    by DrFrankLives on Wed Feb 07, 2007 at 09:58:59 AM PST

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    •  Not Pickler's words (1+ / 0-)
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      In the NYT article, written by John Broder, is the following:

      Mr. Edwards’s spokeswoman, Jennifer Palmieri, said Tuesday night that the campaign was weighing the fate of the two bloggers.

      It's not a quote, so it may have been a paraphrase, but it's not Pickler.

      "Why don't newscasters cry when they read about people who die? At least they could be decent enough to put just a tear in their eye" - Jack Johnson

      by bawbie on Wed Feb 07, 2007 at 10:01:25 AM PST

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      •  Fine, it's the other hack. (1+ / 0-)
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        But that's not a quote.  THat is the spin of a political reporter.

        JRE 2008
        "We should ask the American people to be patriotic about something other than war."
        -John Edwards

        by DrFrankLives on Wed Feb 07, 2007 at 10:02:15 AM PST

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        •  Are you going to tell us it's *wrong*, though? (0+ / 0-)

          Are you going to tell us that the Edwards campaign isn't weighing their fate?

          Are you going to tell us it hasn't been a week since this was mentioned and discussed, and there's still been no answer?

          Are you going to tell us that just because a reporter described something in an unflattering light, that it really doesn't matter?

          Since Bush said "We're not leaving [Iraq] while I'm the president," that means you're either for years of more war or you're for impeachment. Your choice.

          by Christopher on Wed Feb 07, 2007 at 10:19:04 AM PST

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      •  It is Pickler (0+ / 0-)

        Ever been on the other side of the phone?  Pickler had the quote or something like it and was just trying to place it in somebody's mouth.  She probably didn't get a juicy enough reply so it stayed as sort of kind of attributed.  Figure the reporter kept asking things like "Has the campaign decided to fire the bloggers?"  "Well, is it fair to say that you are weighing their fate?"  "Well, if you haven't made a decision and are not in the process of judging the bloggers status within the campaign, what is the Edwards staff response to this problem?  Would someone else know?"

        The Times leaned over in favor of Bush even when Bush and Cheney attacked their own reporter over an open microphone (and he was a wimp).

        What in the world is going on here.  This is a lot bigger than the bloggers.  Edwards is all of a sudden going from top tier to being hauled out with the rest of the garbage.  In the meantime, he "won" the DNC talk-off, came out with a definite plan for immediate health care for the 50 million now uncovered and is on record as wanting to withdraw 50,000 troops from Iraq immediately.

        This has all the marks of a coordinated hit campaign that will not only work but will work permanently.  Think the "Al Gore as a serial liar" nonstop attack or Kerry as a flipflopper.  Unfortunately, there is a much bigger target here than John Edwards.  Universal health care without the insurance companies.  Now.

        •  Then I look forward to seeing Edwards learn... (0+ / 0-)

          ...how to handle it.

          He can start by standing up for his campaign staffers.

          If he can't do that, he won't have to worry about doing much else.

          Since Bush said "We're not leaving [Iraq] while I'm the president," that means you're either for years of more war or you're for impeachment. Your choice.

          by Christopher on Wed Feb 07, 2007 at 11:08:25 AM PST

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          •  One of the main benefits of Edwards (1+ / 0-)
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            is that he was supposed to have learned this in '04.

            If this proves that he didn't, then I'm going to be seriously concerned.

            "Why don't newscasters cry when they read about people who die? At least they could be decent enough to put just a tear in their eye" - Jack Johnson

            by bawbie on Wed Feb 07, 2007 at 11:11:03 AM PST

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        •  God I hate defending her (0+ / 0-)

          But the sentence I quoted above was from the NYT piece by John Broder, not from the AP piece by Nedra Pickler.

          "Why don't newscasters cry when they read about people who die? At least they could be decent enough to put just a tear in their eye" - Jack Johnson

          by bawbie on Wed Feb 07, 2007 at 11:10:08 AM PST

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    •  I don't care whose words they are. (2+ / 0-)
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      I don't care whose words those are - what matters is that they accurately portray the campaign's state of mind, and I've seen nothing - from you or the campaign, here or in a story - to dispute that. So try not to be so surprised that anyone would see those words and have that reaction.

      All Edwards had to say was "We stand behind our campaign staff. I'm not going to let some reactionary freak tell me how to staff my campaign."

      Well, the second sentence is sort of overkill, or a baited hook; it's a setup to keep the issue alive and invite Donohue to respond (probably with some sort of "John Edwards obviously hates Catholics!!!" bullshit), then Edwards can say, "Bill Donohue needs to understand there's a difference between attacking specific people, and attacking everyone. For example, he said things about Jewish people and Hollywood and graphic sex, without distinguishing them at all, like he's edging towards Mel Gibson territory. What I said is that Donohue is a reactionary freak; if anyone else wants to claim that mantle, they can, but they'll have to work pretty hard to match his level of reactionary freakishness."

      (not that Edwards would/should go to all that trouble, but if it's what the press wants to talk about, then he should certainly have a better press strategy than "Lemme get back to you about what I'm doing with my staff decisions." There doesn't need to be a "decision"; there needs to have been a decision, and it needs to have been standing up for his staffers.)

      Since Bush said "We're not leaving [Iraq] while I'm the president," that means you're either for years of more war or you're for impeachment. Your choice.

      by Christopher on Wed Feb 07, 2007 at 10:15:04 AM PST

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      •  wow, John's response to you should be (0+ / 0-)

        Pound Sand also.

        you make an awful lot of ASSumptions without evidence. one 'attributed' (translation:made-up) non-quote and suddenly you know enough to rant about him? And you claim to have 'heard nothing' from all these places, yet your posts clearly show you do not LISTEN.

        •  Pound your own sand, Tony. (n/t) (0+ / 0-)

          Since Bush said "We're not leaving [Iraq] while I'm the president," that means you're either for years of more war or you're for impeachment. Your choice.

          by Christopher on Wed Feb 07, 2007 at 11:47:04 AM PST

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