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Chuck D and Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting Break Down the Joe Lieberman and Pat Buchanan Connection

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Well Juan, Last week your colleague at the New York Daily News Jim Dwyer had an interesting column about Al Gore’s number two man Joseph Lieberman, called "Senator Sent Mixed Moral Signals." It started like this:

“Of the four national candidates for public office–Gore, Bush, Lieberman, Cheney–which one has made a name for himself by preaching against obnoxious material on the public airwaves?

Answer: Joseph Lieberman.

Part two.

And of those four, which one was the regular guest of a radio talk show host who described blacks as screeching, multiplying maggots; who called the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. a "scumbag," and who said he feared that Commerce Secretary Ron Brown might have survived a plane crash?

Answer: Joseph Lieberman."

Jim Dwyer’s column continued

“Lieberman may never have asked anyone to call him the "conscience of the Senate," but that’s what the new wrapper says on his packaging. "Conscience" is the hot new thing that the Democrats are in favor of, even if no one is particularly sure how it is supposed to work or what you do with it. A few years back, Lieberman lit up the skies by complaining in the Senate that President Clinton had behaved like a rutting pig. Now, this may seem to most human beings like a fairly routine case of stating the obvious. In Washington, though, it qualified him as a brave and bold visionary. Whatever Lieberman’s other virtues, being publicly disgusted by Clinton is the prime credential he carries to the Democratic ticket."

As the Democrats gear up for their convention this week, the Reform Party wrapped up its convention this weekend. Pat Buchanan is claiming the nomination as the party’s presidential candidate, while transcendental meditationist John Hagelin is claiming the nomination of another faction of the party. Still at issue is the $12.6 million in federal funds for the Reform nominee.

Buchanan has chosen Ezola Foster as his running mate. She is a conservative African American former school teacher from California. She ran unsuccessfully against Democrat Maxine Waters twice in the 1980s as a Republican.

Tape:

  • Audio Of Ezola Foster, Vp Candidate Of The Reform Party

Guests:

  • Jeff Cohen, founder of the media watchgroup Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).
  • Chuck D, the founder of the hip-hop group Public Enemy. He now heads up the group Confrontation Camp.

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