Earlier today, Howard Kurtz held his weekly chat where he discussed topics such as the media’s coverage of Bristol Palin vs. the coverage of John Edwards; post-convention polling of Barack Obama; and his experiences at the respective party conventions. Some excerpts:
Arlington, Va.: Hello Howard. Even though the mainstream media ignored the John Edwards affair and possible love child while he was a presidential candidate and potential vice presidential/cabinet nominee, I see no time’s been wasted covering a pregnant 17-year-old girl. Way to go, media!
Howard Kurtz: Might I point out a couple of inconvenient facts? While the media may have taken too long to grapple with the Edwards story, it was reported the day that Edwards admitted he’d been lying and did have sexual relations with that woman. The media reported on Sarah Palin’s daughter the day that she put out a statement about Bristol’s pregnancy–which, by the way, was four days after McCain picked her to be his running mate. Before that, there weren’t a whole lot of reporters looking into the Alaska governor.
Bethesda, Md.: Okay, so CNN says Obama did not get a “post-convention bounce” while USA Today says he did. Why the disagreement?
Howard Kurtz: Because there’s a whole bunch of polls and no one knows what to think. We’ll go through the same thing when this convention wraps up.
Baltimore: Has Donna Brazile recovered from getting tear-gassed? Have you had any run-ins with the riot cops? How would you contrast police presence in Denver and in St. Paul?
Howard Kurtz: My only run-in with a cop was yesterday, when I asked one for directions and he insisted on my following his squad car to get to the right freeway entrance.