FLASHBACK: Remember THIS Dem Debacle? ABC Howled Over Anti-Dukakis Ad
September 14th, 2019 12:15 PM
It was 31 years ago this week that the Michael Dukakis for President campaign made a disastrous campaign appearance. It was so bad that it ended up in an ad for his opponent, George H.W. Bush. But, of course, that didn’t stop some in the media for rushing to the defense of the Democrat, crying foul on behalf of the liberal. Some things never change.
More Bush Bashing: Remembering His ‘Racist’ 1988 Campaign
December 6th, 2018 5:50 PM
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's Amanpour and Company on PBS to discuss former President George H.W. Bush's legacy, The New Yorker editor David Remnick condemned Bush's use of convicted murderer Willie Horton in the 1988 presidential campaign as "racist." Host Christiane Amanpour also suggested that Bush had run a "racist" campaign ad.
On Bush Death, NYTimes Devotes Story to 'Dog Whistle' Willie Horton Ad
December 4th, 2018 3:20 PM
New York Times reporter Peter Baker tastelessly marked the beginning of the four-day commemoration of the life of former President George H.W. Bush by....whining about the “dog whistle” racist Willie Horton ads from Bush’s successful 1988 campaign against Democrat Michael Dukakis. For 30 years, media conventional wisdom has been appalled at the supposedly racist campaign ads from the Bush camp…
Donaldson Blames Reagan for Furlough Program That Released Horton
December 3rd, 2018 7:30 AM
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN, former longtime ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson misleadingly tried to tie Ronald Reagan to the Massachusetts prison furlough program supported by Michael Dukakis which allowed convicted murderer Willie Horton to escape prison and attack others.
Nets Repeat Myth Bush Ran 'the Willie Horton Ad,' Used 'Dog Whistle'
December 2nd, 2018 3:04 PM
Since the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, most of the networks have revisited one of the longstanding liberal peeves against the former Republican President -- that he brought to the attention of voters the fact that 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis supported a prison furlough program that allowed a convicted murderer, Willie Horton, to violently attack a couple…
Blogger: Before Trump, There Was Bush 41’s ‘Race-Baiting on Steroids'
October 31st, 2016 5:58 PM
George H. W. Bush apparently won’t vote for Donald Trump and reportedly “harbors a deep disgust” for him. Still, according to The Washington Monthly’s D. R. Tucker, the “race-baiting on steroids” of Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign paved the way for Trump’s current approach. Tucker was referring to two television ads: the so-called Willie Horton ad, from a pro-Bush PAC, and the Bush campaign’s “…
CNN's Tuchman Calls Out Mostly GOPers for Recent 'Dirty Campaigning'
August 27th, 2016 7:37 PM
In a pre-recorded report shown on Friday's Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, correspondent Gary Tuchman recalled examples of "dirty campaigning" in presidential elections going back 200 years, but, when he got to more recent elections, he focused on negative campaigning from the Republican side -- citing Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump -- while ignoring infamous…
Matthews Compares 2016 to 1964, Befuddled at the Word 'Intervention'
August 4th, 2016 9:46 PM
MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews was in rare from on Thursday night as he both factually tried to link the 1964 and 2016 presidential elections and appeared astonished that there could be an “intervention” (as has been reported for Donald Trump) for something other than “a dope problem or a booze problem.
CNN Panel Claims Bush 41 Used 'Racist Fears' Against Dukakis in 1988
March 21st, 2016 11:25 PM
On Sunday's CNN Newsroom, during a segment previewing the Race to the White House special on the 1988 Bush-Dukakis presidential race, after host Poppy Harlow recalled claims that the George H.W. Bush campaign used "racial fear" against Democrat Michael Dukakis, historian Tim Naftali went on to claim that the Bush team "played on racist fears" because of the Willie Horton issue. The panel did…
CNN's Blitzer Invites 'Clean Campaigner' Dukakis to Trash Republicans
March 19th, 2016 6:02 PM
As former Massachusetts Governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis appeared as a guest on Friday's Wolf show, CNN host Wolf Blitzer cued up the Massachusetts liberal to slam the current Republican presidential candidate field: "I remember covering your campaign in 1988. You always insisted on running a pretty clean campaign, a strategy some say may have cost you the race.…
Atlantic: Republicans Engage in Race-Baiting, But Might Not Be Racists
November 19th, 2015 3:41 PM
On Tuesday, The Atlantic featured an article that lamented decades of Republican race-baiting in presidential campaigns. The piece by [authors] allow that race-baiting “does not mean that those who employ them are racists,” but it does “show a willingness to exploit societal ills for political gain.” The authors don’t think Republicans are racists, just that Republicans have a tendency to exploit…
Daily Beast Pundit: GOP Will Still Be ‘Delusional’ in 2016
November 12th, 2015 6:01 PM
It’s often noted that Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, just as Democrats had lost five of six before that. Dems snapped out of it thanks to a Bill Clinton-led tack towards the center, but Michael Tomasky predicts that the GOP will stay to the right in 2016, thereby extending its slump. After Michael Dukakis’s defeat in 1988, observed Tomasky…
Ed Show Compares Scott Walker on Harley to Dukakis in Tank
June 8th, 2015 9:18 PM
Apples and oranges: or shall we say, Harleys and Abrams. On this evening's Ed Show on MSNBC, guest John Nichols of the far-left Nation mag and guest host Michael Eric Dyson lamely tried to analogize Scott Walker riding a Harley to the infamous episode of Michael Dukakis in a tank. The difference? Walker is a for-real biker and Harley owner. Dukakis did serve two years in the Army, but there's…
Chris Matthews Forgets Dukakis Ever Happened In Commencement Address
May 19th, 2014 7:26 AM
Chris Matthews gave the commencement address at Ohio State on May 4 (not without some pre-speech complaints). His Hardball page posted the transcript. Matthews tried to be bipartisan, praising both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton for his message of the day of persistence. It’s too bad he seemed a little deficient in modern political history, or he was too focused on boosting the mythology of the…