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October 2, 2004 1:45 PM

Not even 24 hours off the heels of the Campaign Carl embarassment, is at it again. An alert Atrios reader picked this up:

Of course, there were some Kerry supporters in attendance who had no doubts whatever about their candidate.

"We're trying to get Comrade Kerry elected and get that capitalist enabler George Bush out of office," said 17-year-old Komoselutes Rob of Communists for Kerry.

"Even though he, too, is a capitalist, he supports my socialist values more than President Bush," Rob said, before assuring that his organization was not a parody group. When asked his thoughts on Washington's policy toward Communist holdout North Korea, Rob said: "The North Koreans are my comrades to a point, and I'm sure they support Comrade Kerry, too."

It is unclear whether the Kerry campaign has welcomed the Communists' endorsement.

But if you actually do even an ounce of fact-checking and go to the Communists for Kerry website, it's such an obvious parody, and you'll even find this on the "About Us" page:

"Communists for Kerry" is a campaign of the Hellgate Republican Club, a tax exempt non-partisan public advocacy "527" organization that exists for the purpose of;

"Informing voters with satire and irony, how political candidates make decisions based on the failed social economic principles of socialism that punish the individual by preventing them from becoming their dream through proven ideas of entrepreneurship and freedom."

Our members help elect candidates who support economic growth through Entrepreneurship, limited government and lower taxes. Communists For Kerry is separate and distinct from the Communist party of America and any of its organization. None of it's members are members of any communist organizations.

This completely naked partisanship masquerading as a news network is UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE.

UPDATE: If you'd like to let the author of the article know how you feel, you can reach Jane Roh at 212-556-2500, hit 4 for directory, then 7645. Maybe leave her a message something along the lines of what I told her. "Fact-checking is the new black."

UPDATE 2: Someone pointed out that the parody group Billionaires for Bush was cited as well, but what's interesting is how the two groups were treated in the article. For example, the term "supporter" was in quotes when referring to the Billionaires for Bush, but not in quotes when referring to Communists for Kerry.

UPDATE 3: The story has now been substantially changed to indicate both groups are parodies, and an editor's note is now attached to the story:

In a version of this article that was published earlier, the Communists for Kerry group was portrayed as an organization that was supporting John Kerry for president.’s reporter asked the group’s representative several times whether the group was legitimate and supporting the Democratic candidate, and the spokesman insisted that it was. The Communists for Kerry group is, in fact, a parody organization.

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what a fox-up:

And now it's being claimed that Hannity (and other right-wing radio hosts) get a regular talking points email from the Bush campaign.

Bush Campaign Sending Talking Points to Radio Hosts Hannity, Limbaugh, Ingraham, Levin, and Malzberg

Is it true? Is it bull? It would be nice to know....

Mon Oct 4 2004 5:41 AM


Check this
and help construct it

Fri Oct 8 2004 3:59 PM

Joan Wainio:

At one time I enjoyed turning on Fox--now I find myself turning it off time and again because of its slanted views in regard to the upcoming election. If the network is for one candidate, would you please make it less obvious--you know exactly what I mean. It seems to me to be a waste of talented people--people I considered fun to watch are now becoming objectionable due to their obvious political remarks just to keep in the good graces of the network. Some people do hear actual news broadcasts, so the comments are becoming annoying, assuming the majority are idiots--it's an insult to anyone's intelligence.

Mon Oct 25 2004 9:32 PM

jayne phillips:

there is not one network out there that is not biased. so, people who prefer the left, you have cnn, abc, nbc, etc, and those on the right have fox. let it go! you are still in america where people have a choice to view, listen etc, to whatever they choose.

Tue Nov 2 2004 6:28 AM



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