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...as described by a TRUE Conservative.
By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 1:20pm PT  

Our friend, the conservative (real conservative, not Fake "Bush Conservative") Teddy of the Bull Moose Forum, gets it right again. He starts off with a joke:

Answer: Salmon, Sausage, George Bush in a debate

Question: Named three things that get smoked.

...And then goes on to compile a devasting summary of some of the top points of interest for Conservatives from last night's debate. Little wonder then, that Teddy is a multi-recipient of the rarely awarded BRAD BLOG "Intellectually Honest Conservative" Award!

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By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 12:57pm PT  


This morning, O'Reilly has been on Regis, and then on his own radio show admitting that "this is the worst day of my life".

He continues to not rebut the charges against him, but rather frame the entire thing as an extortion attempt. Even the pre-emptive suit he filed does not rebut the charges, but rather claims the money being asked by the accuser is just too much money for the "crimes" committed. For example, from his claim:

Morelli [the accuser's attorney] also knows that there is no possible justification for seeking a $60 million settlement of his client's claims even if the alleged few conversations occurred. For example, the Morelli Firm's website boasts of major victories in employment discrimination and harassment cases none higher, though, than “$3.75 million for a woman forced to have sexual relations with her boss”, which plainly involved conduct far more egregious than that alleged by Mackris.

In the meantime, O'Reilly felt it appropriate on his radio show this morning to frame the Presidential Debate as one between "Traditionalists who want America to stay as it is and Progressives who want a new country." He sided, as he has for some time, with the Traditionalists in his strawman debate point.

If you, like O'Reilly, are a "Traditionalist" then I'm wondering how I might also join the club! Here's another nice section from accuser Andrea Mackris' claim against O'Reilly:

During the course of the dinner, in approximately May 2003, Defendant BILL O'REILLY, without solicitation or invite, regaled Plaintiff and her friend with stories concerning the loss of his virginity to a girl in a car at JFK, two "really wild" Scandinavian airline stewardesses he had gotten together with, and a "girl" at a sex show in Thailand who had shown him things in the backroom that "blew [his] mind." Defendant then stated he was going to Italy to meet the Pope, that his pregnant wife was staying at home with his daughter, and implied he was looking forward to some extra-marital dalliances with the "hot" Italian women. Both Plaintiff and her friend were repulsed, but felt powerless to protest strongly since Defendant was Plaintiff's boss and a powerful man at FOX. Defendant finally stopped after noting: "MACKRIS can't handle it."

Wow! That's some "Traditionalism" I could get down with!

BRAD BLOG's previous "O'Reilly Sex Harassment" coverage:
· "Bad Vibrations for Bill O'Reilly"
· "Big Trouble for Fox & O'Reilly"

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A New Must See Video Ad
By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 12:31pm PT  

I saw this ad last night after the debates on CNN or Fox, I believe. It's really good. Please give it a look, and consider giving these guys some money!

(I've also been sneaking various new vids into the "sticky" item at the top of this page...be sure to check some of the new ones out!)

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By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 12:05pm PT  

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By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 12:04pm PT  

Personally, I think he's just completely out of touch with reality. Being President will do that to you. Being this President, presiding over his disastrous policies at a moment when he has to pull some kind of defense for them out of thin air in order to be re-upped will really do that to you.

None the less, a case is being made around Blogville that there's something more at work here. The rumors have only been helped along by Bush himself who is refusing to take his annual physical this year for the first time in four years (usually he has it done in August). Add to that his miserable performances in the debates, his drooping lips, his drooling in last night's debate and various out and out bizarre moments over the past several months, and there's now talk of a stroke or pre-senile dementia.

This video compares the Dubya from 10 years ago to the Dubya today. There is a marked difference. You be the judge.

If they can waste your time by hoping to distract you with phony outrage about Mary Cheney being "outted" (Note to Fox News and other similarly "outraged" Fake Conservatives: you can't "out" someone who is already out!) then I can waste your time with this.

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By Brad Friedman on 10/13/2004 11:38pm PT  

As usual, I believe Josh Marshall will be proven right on the money in his insta-analysis of tonight's debate. I suggest you give it a look. He's a great writer and a spot-on analyst.

Do yourself a favor while you're there and scroll on down to the items below that which concern the "Voters of America" program, a Republican National Committee run group that seems to be shredding Democratic voter registration forms in Nevada, Oregon, and possibly in West Virginia.

It's an amazing story that you must inform yourself about, as I admit I haven't covered it enough...what with Bill O'Reilly's Downfall upon us and all.

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By Brad Friedman on 10/13/2004 11:10pm PT  

For the last two Presidential Debates, it seems that Fox News isn't even trying anymore to even give the appearance of "Fair and Balanced".

In both of those debates, their before and after panel of analysts consisted of...

On the Right: Host Brit Hume with Fred Barnes, Mort Kondracke and Bill Kristol.

On the Left: nobody.

Nada. No one. Not a single representative from even the Middle-Left was on the panel.

For the first debate the team was the same, but they had Ceci Connelly (Moderate Liberal) to balance the FOUR Conservatives on the panel. Apparently, they did away with her shortly thereafter.

How does Fox continue to get away with that? And continue to have folks in this country still believe that they aren't completely in the tank for the Republicans? And continue to tell their viewers they shouldn't watch CBS and ABC because they are biased?! Are Americans just that gullible?

UPDATE: In light of the above, it's amazing to come across this stunningly hypocritical Brit Hume piece called, of all things, "Unbalanced Election Coverage on Networks?" on the Fox "News" website.

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Oy.
By Brad Friedman on 10/13/2004 9:46pm PT  

Here we go again...

A computer crash that forced a pre-election test of electronic voting machines to be postponed was trumpeted by critics as proof of the balloting technology's unreliability.
...
Tuesday's public dry run had to be postponed until Friday because excessive heat caused a computer server that tabulates data from the touch-screen machines to crash, said county elections supervisor Theresa LePore. Such "logic and accuracy" tests are required by law.

And, as a reminder, please see this statement from Jimmy Carter.

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By Brad Friedman on 10/13/2004 9:13pm PT  

From tonight's Debate #3:

BUSH: Gosh, I just don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those exaggerations.

From the March 13, 2002 Press Conference:

"Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. ... And, again, I don't know where he is. I --- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him.
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By Brad Friedman on 10/13/2004 9:06pm PT  

From tonight's Debate #3:

BUSH: Gosh, I just don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those exaggerations.

From the March 13, 2002 Press Conference:

"Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. ... And, again, I don't know where he is. I --- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him.

UPDATE: Here's the tape.

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(But he couldn't wipe the spittle off his mouth?)
By Brad Friedman on 10/13/2004 8:49pm PT  

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By Brad Friedman on 10/13/2004 8:03pm PT  

Who won? Who lost? (Why does my server get slammed after every debate?)

Let's talk about that, and any outrageous spin or media whoring you happen to come across! Here in comments (if it works this time!)

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By Brad Friedman on 10/13/2004 7:47pm PT  

Any winner? Any loser? If so, who and why?

Catch any outrageous debate spin or media whoring? Jump in here and let the world know about it!

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By Brad Friedman on 10/13/2004 5:41pm PT  

Open Thread with LIVE Play-by-Play as of Tonight's Debate as you (or I) may see it!

Hit the COMMENTS button to come on in and shoot your mouth off!

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During Debate #3!
By Brad Friedman on 10/13/2004 4:52pm PT  

We'll be here commenting as it all unfolds. Please join us and toss in your two or more cents! I'll open up the thread about 30 minutes prior to show time! Until then, don't get too worked up reading about Bill O'Reilly's Vibrator-Induced Orgasms! You'll want to have a level head to watch tonight's debate! :-)

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