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Thursday fun video: Tired of Specter hype?

If you think Sen. Arlen Specter’s change of party affiliation should have been reported like this:

“So this guy, Arlen Specter, he used to be a Democrat long time ago, then he was a Republican, and then this week, he like became a Democrat again….

Or if you’re just tired of TV news reporters trying to make this into the biggest event of the week, you will probably really enjoy Jon Stewart’s take on it.

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And in defending themselves against liberal bias, have any of the television networks bothered to look back at how the Democratic switches to the GOP were reported in 1995-96. For example, did they make quite as big of a deal out of Ben Nighthorse Campbell’s decision?

Although I haven’t checked, but I’d bet the rent they didn’t.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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