November 5, 2004


Media Stars Refuse to Concede Election; Denigrate Evangelicals; Deny Bush a “Mandate” (Nicholas Stix, 11/05/04, Different Drummer)

"At about 3:33 a.m., Rather's lefty colleague, Ed Bradley, tried to explain to him that Bush had taken Ohio. Bradley showed that Bush's expanding lead in Ohio, at that point 170,000 votes, was such that even if every provisional vote went for Kerry, Bush would still win. 'If you believe these numbers, we estimate that Bush rather solidly has won Ohio.

"Rather reproved Bradley, 'Now, Ed Bradley, who does not have a degree in math ...

Bradley: "But I used to teach math years ago."

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2004 8:56 AM

This was one of the three priceless moments of election night. There was a similar one on ABC when Peter Jennings had much the same conversation with Stephanopolis. The other, of course, was the announcements that Daschle had lost. Well worth the lack of sleep.

Most entertaining of all was watching the big three slowly deflating over the course of the evening. One of them - forget who as they all blur together in my mind - mused early in the evening about how he thought he knew who the next president was but could not announce it before the states were called. At first, we thought Bush but now I think Kerry because of all the incorrect exit poll data.

Posted by: Rick T. at November 5, 2004 10:06 AM

As big as the egos are of the media stars, don't expect them to believe at any time that there may have been some problem with the slant of their coverage. If anything, right now they're thinking Kerry lost because they didn't do enough during the campaign, and in CBS' case, they allowed a bunch of nobodies with websites to hijack their story line. That means as soon as the shock of the results wear off, look for them to go right back into the permanent campaign.

Posted by: John at November 5, 2004 10:22 AM

Susan Estrich on Fox was a real laugh as was Wolf Blitzer's perpetual state of meltdown over at CNN.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at November 5, 2004 11:21 AM


Yes, Estrich was almost comical ("I know the facts and the people in OH, and Kerry will win").

But the best part of the night was watching Judy Woodruff hold back tears for about 4 hours. She just should have broken down at her desk and let it all out.

On FOX, it is funny how Brit Hume has to act more and more like a kindergarten teacher with all the egos on their panel.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 5, 2004 11:59 AM

Media Stars Refuse to Concede Election; Denigrate Evangelicals; Deny Bush a Mandate

Looks like Our Betters need their diapers changed BAD!

Posted by: Ken at November 5, 2004 1:42 PM

That was Danny Boy's way of telling Ed Bradley that he belonged in the back of the bus. Every leftist knows that blacks can't do math.
As for Estrich, where on Earth did that phony accent come from? It wasn't exactly Marblehead.

Posted by: Steve at November 5, 2004 2:19 PM

Is Estrich the one who looks and sounds like Carol Channing's love child?

Posted by: Rick T. at November 5, 2004 2:37 PM

Fox really needs to bring back Mara Liasson (spelling?). Juan Williams just keeps getting weirder and weirder. After Britt Hume brought up the possiblity that the disconnect between the exit polls and vote counts might create conspiracy theories of a stolen election, Williams seemed to think it was seriously worth investigating.

Rick T - I think yes, and she's why the remote has a mute button.

Posted by: Chris B at November 5, 2004 2:47 PM