Selected highlights from the cable news networks’ coverage of the buildup to last night’s first presidential debate between Pres. George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry, as aired September 30, 2004:
CNN, PAULA ZAHN NOW: Zero Hour Nears For Presidential Debate, WOLF BLITZER, noted company man, 8:48 PM:
“Fascinating, indeed. Our viewers will be fascinated, no doubt. We’ll be watching very closely. Bill Hemmer, we’ll get back to you.
For our viewers who are really interested in politics and want answers to a whole range of questions, go to CNN.com. Incredible amount of information on this presidential race, the history, the current status, CNN.com. That’s the place you want to be for politics.”
MSNBC, Pre-Debate Countdown, hosted by Chris Matthews, TUCKER ASKEW, Bush White House communications adviser and noted grade-school punning champion, 8:18 PM:
“…Kerry’s a master debater…”
FOX News, FOX Report with Shepard Smith, SHEPARD SMITH, news anchor, fearmonger, and ratings whore, 7:59 PM:
“Stay tuned, as the war on terror continues on FOX…”