Chris Suellentrop is a "reporter" for MSNBC. He did a real number on John Kerry yesterday. Take a look.
Here's a basic summary of the article: first, John Kerry's staffers try to keep him away from a young man who has a blog that ridicules Democrats. This is somehow seen as a problem. The blogger takes pictures of candidates with him and then posts nasty remarks about it. Sounds like something a smart campaign staff would do to me.
Second, our reporter talks about "the Dean veterans," and that's what he like to call him. Sullentrop picks one guy out of all the people he sees who is critical of Kerry and puts his remarks in the report. This is an old trick that bad reporters use. Find the one person at the event who has a beef and make him the headline.
Next, he starts telling us how all of the Kerry supporters want Kerry to start acting like Howard Dean. Well, I can tell you that's not entirely true. I like Kerry the way he is. I like a man who sounds like he has enough intelligence to lead this country. I also like a guy who can run on more than one issue.
The final part of the hatchet job tells how one of Kerry's staffers is down in the dumps about the Dean surge. Suellentrop, violating every standard of journalism, tells him what a great guy Dean is, blah blah blah. He ends the piece telling how the staffer is being "consoled" by another staff member. Give me a break.
Now, if you have a minute, take a look at the fluff piece the same "reporter" ran on Howard Dean.
A summary: 1.) Dean rides around in a borrowed van and eats ice cream. Rock and Roll! Maybe Gov. Dean and Sullentrop went through Iowa chasing tornadoes. That's the image he's giving us.
2.) Dean is on a roll and our reporter just can't disagree.
3.) Dean's not really angry- he just looks that way on TV. Sullentrop says he's a nice guy- which he probably is. So is John Kerry. I know.
4.) The reporter says: At this point in the trip, I’m in the midst of a full-fledged Dean swoon. Hey, at least he admits it!
Its not a personal thing at all. Chris Suellentrop did a hatchet job on Bob Graham, Carol Moseley-Braun and Al Sharpton. too. I am sure there will be more to come, he has some other candidates to attack.