MRC’s Brent Baker reports that Lesley Stahl’s Sunday night gigglefest with John, Teresa, John, and Elizabeth omitted the obvious question: not once did Stahl broach the ideology of the two candidates, an omission impossible to imagine in any interview with a Republican ticket.
But Stahl did raise today’s liberal hero: “Ron Reagan Jr. was very critical of President Bush invoking religion when it comes to policy, particularly in the war in Iraq. He said something like he felt that Bush was justifying the war in Iraq by citing God. And he said that is what Osama bin Laden does and he said that there’s no place for that. What do you think of that?”
Bob Dole didn’t get to have a gigglefest with Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes,” September 1, 1996. He received hardballs like this: “Well, let me tell you, this is what I hear from Democrats. It’s not direct, but in a reporters ear. You know they say, well, they say, you may think and say what you want to about Bill Clinton, but he stuck with his marriage. Or, you may say what you want about Bill Clinton’s character, but you know he’s been a pretty good father and that Bob Dole, he wasn’t around when his daughter was growing up.”