And The Verdict Is ...
OK - I just watched an hour of the local affiliate of the Sinclair Group here in Winston Salem. I think that most of the people who saw this are going to say "they caved to the pressure" - either with a sour expression or with dances of glee.
I had to tape the show - firstly because I promised my Fairy Blogmother I would, since she doesn't get any of those stations, and because She Who Must Be Obeyed had to go out for groceries and wanted to see it - and I'm not going to back over it with a stop watch, but I think that both sides got about an equal showing.
In a way that upsets me, because I think that Kerry, his words and actions, have gotten a free pass from the American media. I had to chuckle though, since the Dimmocrats had filed suit after suit, complained in Congress and before the FCC and FEC, and in one case even made a bald threat on Fox News - and the program gave their point of view at least an equal showing.
But an equal showing with one noticeable difference. It has shown, at least to me, the outright hypocrisy of their attempts to prevent the showing of this program without having the slightest idea what the format or content of the program was going to be. They were leaked one thing - that "Stolen Valor" was part of it - and they went absofuckinglutely apeshit. They attempted to censor this program and prevent any of its content being aired before the content of the program had even been finalized.
I know that Senator Kerry will find all sorts of ways to justify the actions of his party, but his own refusal to discuss the content may be harder to wash.
President Bush has consistently praised Senator Kerry's service; the Senator has on more than one occasion cast aspersions on the President's. The man who accepted his party's nomination by saying, "reporting for duty" could have validated that acceptance by appearing.
Considering the content of this, I guess the only reason President Bush wasn't given time to rebut was that he had enough class to let the program go ahead without pitching a shit fit.