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Friday, October 14, 2005
Topic: Media Research Center's Susan Jones somehow managed to slip a story past her MRC overlords that actually included criticism of President Bush.

In her Oct. 13 article on Bush's via-satellite visit with troops in Iraq, Jones wrote: "Apparently disconcerted by the echo factor, President Bush's delivery was choppy and halting. He looked uncomfortable speaking to faces on a video screen -- and this at a time when polls indicate Americans are increasingly upset with his handling of the war in Iraq." Jones also noted the visit was, in reality, "a series of scripted questions."

That's probabaly not the message the MRC ultimately wants portrayed; in an Oct. 14 CyberAlert, Jones' MRC colleague Brent Baker was rushing to Bush's defense, pointing out that "the answers were not staged" and that "The soldiers, naturally nervous about appearing on live TV with the President of the United States, were simply told who should answer which question and to 'take a breath' before answering." Baker also insisted that any focus on the choreography of the visit advanced a "media-generated controversy."

Posted by Terry K. at 12:08 PM EDT

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