Here's Mara Liasson (of NPR and Fox News) and Robert Siegel keeping the John Kerry story going for yet another night:
Siegel: "Senator Kerry says that is not at all what he meant."
Liasson: [sarcastically sing song] "Nooo, Senator Kerry says—he's actually provided the text of his speech—what he meant to say, what was written for him [added emphasis] was 'if you don’t study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy, you end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq, just ask President Bush.’ Ha, ha, ha [delivered with utter disdain], but in any event [almost laughing at her own cleverness] today Senator Kerry performed one of the time honored rituals of political damage control and he went on the Imus show to explain himself."
Then later in the show.
Siegel: "The Republicans think they're on to something here with John Kerry."
Liasson: [with enthusiasm], "Oh, of course they do! This is something that could help them fire up the base, even at the expense of reminding voters about the Iraq War, and this is a bit of déjà vu, after all 'that windsurfing flip-flopper' has once again provided the Republicans with a bunch of ammunition just like he did in 2004 and Vice President Dick Cheney was on the campaign trail saying 'Kerry was for the joke before he was against the joke.'"
She really said all this. Go back and listen to it--Karl Rove couldn't do better! When I heard her say "'windsurfing flip-flopper'" I almost couldn't believe it. And then to quote the joke in full from Cheney was a fine coup-de-grace. Such slur and bias is remarkable; I look forward to NPR correcting its imbalance by referring to Karl Rove as Turd Blossom and Bush as AWOL Bush or the Decider.
Finally the piece included (without any comment) a sound bite of Bush on the Rush Limbaugh show saying, "Anybody who is in a position to serve this country ought to understand the consequences of words...." NPR made no mention of such words as "Mission Accomplished," "Bring 'em on!" or even the fact that Bush recently lied about his "stay the course" rhetoric. And NPR made no comment on the unseemliness of a sitting president going on air with his "good friend"-- hate-monger, torture promoter, and liar -- Rush Limbaugh.