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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Obama Assassination? CBS Anchor asks. . .Ted Kennedy?

Ted Kennedy, appearing on CBS' "The Early Show" this morning in support of Obama, was forced to endure Harry Smith's insensitivity as the news anchor took the opportunity to do a little whistling past the Kennedy family graveyard:



(At 1:55 in the video)
SMITH: When you see that enthusiasm though, and when you see the generational change that seems to be taking place before our eyes, does it make you at all fearful?

Naturally, Kennedy really didn't catch on to what Smith was driving at, and responded, "I think that what people are basically saying is that they want a new day and a new generation."

Lacking a more heavy-handed way of getting his point across, like, say, whipping out the Zapruder film or something, Smith delicately waded back into the matter of political assassination:

SMITH: I just...ahhh--I think what I was trying to say is, sometimes agents of change end up being targets, as you well know, and that was why I was asking if you were at all fearful of that.

Kennedy elected not to speculate on the matter, for once demonstrating that the repetition of campaign talking points can help to paper over a host of media sins.

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3 Comments:

Blogger enigma4ever said...

just when you think you have seen everything....shameful....

thanks for sharing...

( all of these guys need to go to take Journalism 101-again ?)

title="comment permalink">January 30, 2008 1:09 AM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Obituaries, whistling past graveyards (although I'm not sure I would refer to Arlington as the Kennedy family graveyard), when ARE you going to start a death blog?

title="comment permalink">January 30, 2008 6:10 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Enigma - Not to mention "common courtesies 101".

Robert - You're "digging" this aren't you??

title="comment permalink">January 31, 2008 8:56 PM  

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