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Can’t Use 9/11 Photos?

I have to disagree with Bob Moran. This phony ad controversy is more ridiculous than the New York Times-manufactured “RATS” ad controversy of 2000. Granted, the 9-11 images last longer than 1-30th of a second and are intended to register on the voter’s brain. But who has exploited and profited more from 9-11? The news media — the special editions of Time magazine, the hours of specials, reproducing in loving color every crying widow and orphan? Or President Bush, whose entire presidency has now been dedicated to preventing another heinous terror attack on the homeland?

It has been his headache, the bad feeling in the pit of his stomach, maybe a nightmare in the middle of the night, for more than two years. He’s done a good enough job that the media’s moved on to profit from the latest ratings-grabbing tripe – missing teens, Martha, Kobe, conjoined twin operations, and the gubernatorial campaign of Gary Coleman. And they turn around and throw this spitball at him? It’s going to be a long, very biased campaign.

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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