Accuracy in Media

Harold Ford, the “moderate” Democrat running for the Senate from Tennessee, has received a strange endorsement from Harold Meyerson, the socialist columnist for the Washington Post. Appearing on the Imus in the Morning show on August 23, Ford was asked about this “love letter” in the form of a column, which included the line that Ford is not only young and handsome but “could have a successful career as a model.”

Sounding like a teenager with a crush, Meyerson said that Ford was “a sight to behold.” It sounded like a column that could have been published in the Advocate, the gay magazine, or Playboy.

Ford himself seemed uncomfortable with Meyerson’s tone, told Imus that he had not read the entire piece, and revealed that Meyerson had only spent a small part of the day with the Ford-for-Senate campaign in order to produce the column, which ran under the headline, “This Year’s Southern Prodigy.” If Ford is really a prodigy, he will want to further distance himself from Meyerson, a self-admitted socialist on the far-left fringes of the Democratic Party.

The Meyerson column is what passes for campaign coverage these days. In this case, however, it was more superficial than most, focusing mostly on Ford’s looks. What makes the column even more noteworthy, however, is the fact that Meyerson thinks Ford can advance his socialist agenda. That is why he really wrote the column. And that suggests that Ford, with an American Conservative Union rating of only 20 percent, might be concealing his left-wing agenda.

It’s true that Ford, who is running against former Chattanooga Mayor and U.S. Senate Republican nominee Bob Corker for the seat held by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, has been trying to sound like a conservative on issues like port security and immigration.

His conservative fa?ade crumbled when it was disclosed that Ford had accepted campaign contributions from Playboy executive Christie Hefner and other “adult entertainment industry” representatives. After the unwelcome publicity, Ford quickly returned the contributions, saying they didn’t meet his standards and were not in keeping with Tennessee values.

In a blistering attack, Corker charged that the contributions were “further proof that Congressman Ford’s campaign is funded by those outside of Tennessee who don’t share our values.”

Then came the Meyerson column, which will probably do more damage than taking porno money.




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