'Hardball' not so hard for Edwards

The former U.S. senator fields questions on Iraq, foreign policy and labor

In fact, Edwards seemed to have little trouble fielding questions, ranging from the war in Iraq to his relative lack of foreign policy experience to his political ties to organized labor, before a live UNC-Chapel Hill crowd and a national TV audience.
"This is not hardball, this is batting practice," Matthews complained to the audience during a commercial break. "This guy is killing me. He couldn't do this four years ago." Full Story »

Posted by Laura Perkins
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Subjects: U.S., Politics
Topics: Presidential Election 2008
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Posted by: Posted by Laura Perkins - Dec 13, 2006 - 11:17 AM PST
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Edited by: Kaizar Campwala - May 3, 2007 - 5:34 PM PDT

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Fabrice Florin
2.2
by Fabrice Florin - Oct. 1, 2008

Not a very original work of journalism, IMHO. It primarily reports on Edward's appearance on Hardball, without any additional sourcing or factual evidence, and very little context.

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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Oct. 1, 2008

No real reporting or insight- just a report on an appearance of Edwards on MSNBC.

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Laura Perkins
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by Laura Perkins - Oct. 1, 2008

The story is well written and mostly an accurate presentation of the highlights of an interview that was on "Hardball" the previous night. The reporter does get one minor fact wrong: though Edwards did very well on the world leaders quiz that Chris Matthews gave him, he was not able to identify the leader of South Africa.

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Tom Kociemba
4.5
by Tom Kociemba - Oct. 1, 2008

As a Gephart supporter in New Hampshire I shifted to John Edward's after Iowa. THis was a fun piece for me to read as I truly admire the Edward's family and their struggles. I like my politicians to have had their souls kicked around a little bit. This story made me want to read what else this reporter will say about each of the candidates. A puff piece but fun.

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Michael Townes Watson
5.0
by Michael Townes Watson - Oct. 1, 2008

This is good journalism for several reasons. First, it does not praise or condemn, only report in a complete way. Second, it is about a topic of great interest to most people that might not otherwise be reported because of the hype with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Balanced, factual, fair, current and interesting to a large number of people nationally.

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James Richard
4.2
by James Richard - Oct. 1, 2008

I think the questions were fair and the subject answered them. The reporter seemed to be factual.

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