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Mellow On The Meltdown

Rich, if the growling was the turning point for Dean, please note, election watchers, that two networks were quite soft on the blooming fiasco yesterday morning. ABC’s Claire Shipman just called it “aggressively upbeat,” and Charles Gibson merely said “he’s still feisty, says he fights on.” (In his interview, Gibson didn’t even ask Dean a question about his meltdown.) CBS’s Cynthia Bowers described it simply as “brusque.” The toughest words CBS host Hannah Storm presented to Dean was that some found it “decidedly unpresidential.” Only NBC recognized it as a wound. Katie Couric asked: “You were quite fired up, quite passionate, but some people feared you might implode.”

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 ...