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Bush Plays Rough

Times Watch notes the New York Times campaign correspondents covering John Kerry and George W. Bush display the newspaper’s shifting standards of news coverage. The Kerry story on A16 is headlined “Kerry Uses Edwards’s Common Touch to Soften Image.” The Bush story on A17 is headlined “Bush Continues a Tough Attack on Kerry.”

To reporter Elizabeth Bumiller, Bush is always assaulting: “President Bush continued his assault on Senator John Kerry on Thursday as he took his new speech to Kentucky, where he also collected hundreds of checks for a campaign that has raised more than $150 million.” She later added: “Mr. Bush repeated his attack on Mr. Kerry that he started on Monday in Washington with a tough new speech that signaled he was no longer content to be a sideshow.” But it’s the same cute jokes about Kerry’s flip-flopping…

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...


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