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CBS News Paints Kerry Supporter as ‘Random Voter Swayed by Kerry’

Breitweiser as a so-called random citizenAccording to the story at The Media Research Center, CBS News’ “Early Show” reporter Byron Pitts interviewed someone who he portrayed as a random person walking down the street, but who is actually a well-known Kerry supporter who appears in Kerry ads and was a vocal advocate at the 9/11 commission hearings.  She has also appeared on stage at Kerry/Edwards rallies.

Kristen Breitweiser has been an active, publicity-seeking Bush-bashing 9/11 widow who has spent time on the campaign trail for Kerry-Edwards and is featured in a new Kerry-Edwards TV ad in which she denounced Bush for opposing the 9/11 Commission and then declared that “during the Commission hearings we learned the truth, we are no safer today” and since “I want to look in my daughter’s eyes and know that she is safe…I am voting for John Kerry.” But on Thursday’s Early Show, CBS News reporter Byron Pitts mentioned none of that as he portrayed her as some sort of random Bush voter who was so impressed by a Kerry speech line making fun of President Bush that she now plans to vote for Kerry.

On the October 21 Early Show, Pitts played a clip of Kerry, during an Ohio campaign appearance: “A President of the United States has to do more than one thing at the same time and I believe that this President has failed, failed to make our country as safe and secure as we ought to be.” Over video of himself walking next to Breitweiser down a sidewalk, Pitts asserted: “That struck a chord with supporters here, especially one.”

“Here?” Pitts was checking in from Girhard, Ohio and so viewers unfamiliar with Breitweiser may have assumed she was just a local Ohioan when, in fact, she resides in the New York City area.

Breitweiser, identified on screen as a “9/11 widow,” proclaimed: “My favorite part of the speech is when he said that we should expect our President to do more than one thing at a time.” Pitts then painted her as a randomly persuaded voter: “Kristen Breitweiser lost her husband on 9/11. One of the leading advocates for the 9/11 commission, she voted for President Bush four years ago, not this time.” Breitweiser declared to Pitts: “I know Senator Kerry will make us safer as our President, I know that. And I’m voting for him for myself and for my daughter.” 
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As she appears in TV ad:
Breitweiser on recent Kerry ad

According to MRC, the on-air CBS story went like this (in part):

From Los Angeles, Julie Chen introduced it a bit past 7am EDT: “Now to the election. With just 12 days to go the war on terrorism remains a primary focus. This morning Senator John Kerry is taking aim at the President’s policies in Ohio. CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts is with the Kerry campaign. Good morning, Byron.”
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Pitts: “And there’s something else Kerry says he already recognizes, a link between the problems in Iraq and problems at home.”

Kerry: “A President of the United States has to do more than one thing at the same time and I believe that this President has failed, failed to make our country as safe and secure as we ought to be.”

Pitts, over video of himself walking beside Breitweiser: “That struck a chord with supporters here, especially one.”

Kristen Breitweiser, identified on screen as a “9/11 widow,” standing outdoors: “My favorite part of the speech is when he said that we should expect our president to do more than one thing at a time. Al Qaeda is doing a thousand things at a time, they’re trying to kill us.”

Pitts: “Kristen Breitweiser lost her husband on 9/11. One of the leading advocates for the 9/11 Commission, she voted for President Bush four years ago, not this time.”

Breitweiser to Pitts: “I know Senator Kerry will make us safer as our President, I know that. And I’m voting for him for myself and for my daughter.”

Pitts concluded: “Another widow will campaign with Kerry today. Dana Reeve, wife of the late actor Christopher Reeve. Kerry’s topic—stem cell research.”

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Sharing the limelight with Edwards:
Breitweiser sharing the stage with Edwards

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