The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

31 January 2005

Gloating or Celebrating?

What a day! Watching the national news media, on television and radio, pound into the ground the idea that it was too soon to call the Iraqi election a success.

On ABC radio it was characterized as a slightly better-than-expected turnout. On NBC, a story about a particular polling place with no voters for hours, with little effort made to put it in context of the successful nationwide turnout.

A caller to Rush Limbaugh's show claimed that each ethnic group had a sinister reason for voting or not voting that would lead to an inevitable civil war. And to top it off yours truly was accused of gloating about the turnout by at least one blogger.

It seemed as though John Kerry had issued the talking points memo yesterday in his Meet the Press interview and his minions happily parroted the party line.

There are some very angry liberals out there who were sure it was going to be chaos in the streets yesterday and we can expect more lashing out in the days and weeks to come.


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