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July 29, 2004 8:05 PM

Whoa. CNN "accidentally" cut in the DNC producer's audio saying "fuck" about the balloons not dropping right away. Drudge is already looking for audio.

As much as I dislike John Kerry... that was a pretty damn good speech. I'm taking bets on how much "bloviating" goes on about the "fuck" factor vs. the "sweat" factor.

UPDATE 8:40 PM PT: Drudge now has the audio: "What the fuck are you guys doing up there?!"

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Read the 6 comments.

Norman McCarthy:

Why did CNN do this? Was it intentional or otherwise? Certainly, I can beleive FoxNews might do something as underhanded as this, but not CNN.

Major Tom

Thu Jul 29 2004 10:18 PM

Help Desk Software:

I actually think this is highly amusing! Anyone else think that someone might have gotten paid to do a little....skuldugery lol =)

Fri Jul 30 2004 3:01 AM


I was watching CNN and was upset they were talking about the stupid balloons. I couldn't believe they were airing the behind the scene stage manager stuff. I turned to FOX and they started talking about the ballons and how they didn't fall at the Carter convention.

Amazing with all the issues facing this country we are talking about balloons.

Oh foo.

Fri Jul 30 2004 6:04 AM

Paul Stone:

News media always concentrate on the most superficial and unimportant minutiae, like Kerry being "aloof", haircuts, botox, balloons. If I had a news network, I would (probably going bankrupt in the process) stipulate that everything which is not entertainment be boiled down in terms of how it affects the viewer.

Tax cut? Here is how you will save is you have this income. Here is how much you save with kids. Here is how much money the government will have to cut spending.

Terrorist attack? Here is the effect on airlines. Here is the likelihood of an attack in your area. Here is how long experts think it will take to clean up.

stem cell research? Here is what the research is and how it is done (in basic terms). Here is what experts think we can learn and how long it may take. Here are the diseases which may be cured or treated, and here are the numbers of people with those diseases. Here is the ethical analysis from representatives of the medical, ethicist, and religious communities.

Fox Opinions' approach is to have a bunch of know-nothing blowtards spout off with meaningless aphorisms and soundbites, while conveying no information but only emotion and opinion.

What we need is not news or blowtard opinions. We need information and context, presented in a way which allows the common person to relate.


Fri Jul 30 2004 11:56 AM

Paul Stone:

What a coincidence. Krugman's current article is "Triumph of the Trivial":

"Somewhere along the line, TV news stopped reporting on candidates' policies, and turned instead to trivia that supposedly reveal their personalities. We hear about Mr. Kerry's haircuts, not his health care proposals. We hear about George Bush's brush-cutting, not his environmental policies.

Even on its own terms, such reporting often gets it wrong, because journalists aren't especially good at judging character...

...In short, the triumph of the trivial is not a trivial matter. The failure of TV news to inform the public about the policy proposals of this year's presidential candidates is, in its own way, as serious a journalistic betrayal as the failure to raise questions about the rush to invade Iraq."

Fri Jul 30 2004 12:32 PM


I agree with the trivial pursuit method of news reporting. Very few people in America realize that the democrats passed a platform that includes continuing the war in Iraq and ignored many of the cherished causes that they slam Bush on (like the Kyoto Agreement and the oil drilling in Alaska).

I'm surprised people are still pissing and moaning about "stem cell research". There is nothing on earth (in America) stopping drug companies from doing stem cell research - the federal government just isn't going to fund it (isn't that part of weaning corporate welfare?). If stem cell research was as promising as claimed don't you think private research would be all over it? As posted earlier, imagine the financial windfall that awaits the person/company that can cure spinal injuries and Alzheimer’s. Stem cell research has limited benefits at best and is a perpetuated fraud at worst.

Fri Jul 30 2004 1:45 PM

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