It’s disgusting when opinion is shilled as news. This blatant hit piece on Bob Menendez is despicable — CBS 2 should be ashamed of themselves for allowing a story so clearly slanted to be passed off as news.
Everyone at BlueJersey has seen the clip where Kean Jr turns his back on the mother of a soldier serving in Iraq. Now, CBS has aired “The Anatomy of a Smear,” an attempt to neutralize the piece by equating it with Kean Jr’s lies, slander, and attacks on Senator Menendez.
View it for yourself here.
To break it down:
The title: “Behind the Scenes: The Anatomy of a Smear.” Kramer opens,
It began with a campaign dirty trick: Republican Senate Candidate Tom Kean, Jr., forced to run a gauntlet of Bob Menendez supporters when he arrived at CBS 2 Saturday to tape a campaign debate.
Having people come out to support you is a dirty trick? Free assembly is front and center in the Bill of Rights. It’s not a dirty trick, it’s called popular support.
Step Two: The attack on Tom Kean’s position on Iraq during the debate.
[Cut to debate footage]
Menendez: You won’t even answer the military families in New Jersey who continue to ask the critical questions: ‘What would you do if this continues to be civil war?’
This is not an attack on his position — it’s a statement on Kean Jr’s cowardliness when it comes to facing the families of New Jersey’s servicemembers in harm’s way. 0 for 2.
Here’s where it gets obscene.
Step Three: The Setup. Sneaking Joanne Sohl, the mother of a soldier serving in Iraq, into a post-debate press conference to confront Tom Kean.
Let it be clear that Marcia Kramer and Tom Kean Jr’s handlers (who fed this piece to her) think that ordinary citizens shouldn’t have access to our Senate candidates. In their book, it is a dirty trick (their words, not mine) for the mothers of soldiers to get time with their candidate.
Step Four: The Tracker. Menendez staffer, Patrick McKenneth, tapes the confrontation . . .
Step Five: The Sting. This press release, headlined, ‘Caught On Tape: Kean Jr. Running From Military Mother, Ducking Questions about War In Iraq.’
Step Six: Double Gotcha. The video shot by the Menendez staffer is put on YouTube, and released.
Step Seven: The Payoff. The group, ‘Military Families of New Jersey,’ holds a press conference today to bash Kean and praise Menendez. . . .
These are all tactics the Kean Jr camp has practiced themselves. Any journalist supposing otherwise is naïve or just plain stupid. Also, the language, “The Payoff,” seems to suggest a crime or something unethical, which fits nicely into Kean Jr’s handlers’ narrative about Senator Menendez. Is Kramer parroting?
Immediately following ‘The Steps’ segment,
Kramer: A spokeswoman for Kean attacked Team Menendez calling the Senator, “a political thug who employs Hudson County political boss-style tactics in an election.”
Kramer ended the two minute segment with one short quote from a Menendez spokesperson.
Comparing this event with Kean Jr’s attacks is comparing apples with oranges. Kean Jr promotes falsehoods about Senator Menendez’s character and integrity while Menendez highlights how Kean Jr dodges a question on the issues from someone who has the most important thing in her life at stake — her child.