Is the Media Overplaying Kerry's Gaffe?
November 2, 2006 6:03 PM
Yesterday Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) publicly apologized for a remark he made last Monday at Pasadena City College telling students to study hard. “If you don’t do well in school, you get stuck in Iraq.” With the Nov. 7 election now just a week away the story will just not go away.
Given the Patrician aura Sen. Kerry exudes, the very persona that contributed to him losing the presidential race two years ago, it’s hard to tell if it was a bad joke that didn’t go over, or if his remarks were a veiled insult to the Republican administration which took the country to war in Iraq, and our soldiers who are there fighting.
Of course, the Republicans are basking in his gaffe and the Democrats would do the same if the shoe were on the other foot. But is the media behaving like a terrier with a bone, unable to move on?
I was just looking at an online live poll on AOL. More than 213, 900 users responded so far today. And here’s the vote so far: 57 percent thought his remarks were a deliberate insult; 34 percent thought it was a botched joke; and the remaining 9 percent said they weren’t sure.
So my answer to my own question is, this story still has legs and the media is not in overdrive because clearly the nation cares, days later, given the interest still expressed in today’s AOL poll.