Video: Mary Katharine Ham talks attack ads on CNN

posted at 7:50 pm on October 28, 2006 by Allahpundit

The road between TV and vlogging runs both ways. The boss is coming from one direction; Mary K’s coming from the other.

Rumor has it she’ll be on Fox next week. Click the image to watch.

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Hurray MK!!

Great job! Congrats on your “coming out”, as it were.

HerrMorgenholz on October 28, 2006 at 8:19 PM

Hopefully a few more appearances will give her the experience to be a little more aggressive. She was too timid and got her ass kicked. Every time she spoke he talked over her and she got quiet.

You can’t simply allow the liberal goon to spew the racist and homophobe nonsense without calling him on it. Someone PLEASE explain to me how a white woman asking a black man to call him is racist. The racism is the fact that liberals seem to be so offended by it. Do African Americans not see that?

Gregor on October 28, 2006 at 8:35 PM

Nicely done, MK!

Next time you see Aravosis, tell him those were gay drums, not jungle drums. And ask him how he feels about some hot Tennessee Democrat Redneck action. :-)

Pablo on October 28, 2006 at 8:41 PM

MK. Don’t let them push you around. Push back like Mrs. Chaney.

Wade on October 28, 2006 at 8:42 PM

Little by little and then she can go “Ann Coulter’ on them!

auspatriotman on October 28, 2006 at 9:02 PM

Sorry Gregor, while MK might have been getting beat up pretty badly she delivered the knockout punch when she blind sided him with her statement that those pointing out the racist content where in fact the real racists. Those that keep bringing up the race card need to keep beating that dead horse so we all think it is still alive. I’m not buying it.

Way to go MK! Hope your hand isn’t damaged too badly. We need you in there for the final round.

LeeSmith on October 28, 2006 at 9:12 PM

I don’t know where you folks think she was “beat up”. She held her own and made excellent points throughout. I’d really like to see more MKH on the airwaves.

thedecider on October 28, 2006 at 9:42 PM

The Americablog fellow definitely out debated her, which was unfortunate because she had stronger points to work with.

But… it was her first big time appearance. And she was way hotter.

Fact is, you got to get in there and really mix it up on TV. He knew this, but pulled back because he could see he didn’t have to.

Well above average first appearance. You made some points, didn’t lose your cool, appeared friendly and reasonable… add better timing and assertiveness and you’ll do great.

Christoph on October 28, 2006 at 9:52 PM

she delivered the knockout punch when she blind sided him with her statement that those pointing out the racist content where in fact the real racists

Yes, that was a great line. I keep wondering, would it have been better if it were a black woman playing the airhead? I suspect that would be labelled racist, too.

mikeyboss on October 28, 2006 at 9:58 PM

MK , You did GREAT. Since when did these all caring
libs get so sensitive about personal issues ? ?
Kill Bush Good, Bongo Drums Bad. WTF.

Texyank on October 28, 2006 at 11:08 PM

Congrats, Mary K! You did great! Keep it up.

Hack Ptui on October 28, 2006 at 11:18 PM

No side-kick status for Mary, she gets the full length super hero cape.

Mojave Mark on October 29, 2006 at 12:25 AM

MKH,

Congratulations on your national news debut! Even though they outnumbered you 2 to 1, you had more brains than the both of them.

James

jrvass on October 29, 2006 at 12:33 AM

Is anyone else having trouble getting the video?

urbancenturion on October 29, 2006 at 1:04 AM

It’s hard to watch goofs like Aravosis. Completely buoyed by the anchor, he distorted the facts and stole a lot of MKH’s time and didn’t speak to her reality-based points. What a douche.

starflyer on October 29, 2006 at 2:01 AM

Good job, MKH. The Americablog guy is a douche.

Free Kurdistan on October 29, 2006 at 2:12 AM

a douche and an enema in the same bag.

jummy on October 29, 2006 at 3:02 AM

Q: How can you tell when a liberal has realized your substance beats his emotion?

“…the liberal pundits, and bloggers…who hear drums in the back of an ad that are meant to be, y’know sinister, negative music behind the opponent they’re running against, and immediately think ‘jungle drums’, maybe the ones with the racial hangups…”

A: When they talk over you to change topics before you’ve finished making your point.

“Ok, let’s talk homophobia…”

Outstanding, Mary.

Freelancer on October 29, 2006 at 3:02 AM

It was too chaotic to be a “debate”. Such segments seem designed to be a free-for-all of talking points without real interaction between the participants. MK tried to interact. Was that a mistake? If it was, maybe I just lament the absence of real debate.

The premise of the segment was “nasty” Republican ads, and it was often 2 vs. 1, innately placing MK on the defensive as she attempted to dispell their assumptions. In spite of this, MK was calm and polite. Too polite? Should she have interrupted or interjected more, like John?

John’s talking points seemed more simplistic than MK’s, which might have also been a disadvantage for MK due to the nature of the segment.

All in all, I think MK did very well, and I suspect she’ll adapt to the various modes of discussion as she gains more experience which is sure to come.

Kevin on October 29, 2006 at 3:08 AM

Next time you see Aravosis, tell him those were gay drums, not jungle drums. And ask him how he feels about some hot Tennessee Democrat Redneck action. :-)

So it wasn’t just me. What a screamer, huh? I’d never seen Avarosis before this video, and even my feeble gaydar was sounding a Level 4 Alert.

Ali-Bubba on October 29, 2006 at 3:08 AM

Freelancer: I was thinking about quoting that part, too. It really captures the flighty nature of the segment.

Kevin on October 29, 2006 at 3:17 AM

she delivered the knockout punch when she blind sided him with her statement that those pointing out the racist content where in fact the real racists

That was a good line.

Christoph on October 29, 2006 at 5:16 AM

I think this underscores just how pervasive and powerful the insidious MSM still is.

Halley on October 29, 2006 at 5:30 AM

Okay, I’ve viewed the video and I’m really steamed. That was one of the most blatant hit jobs I’ve ever seen on TV.

Mary Katherine Ham, competent, intelligent, and charming woman that she is, was ganged up upon. She was set up to be the punching bag of John Aravosis. Aravosis, proves (once again) that he is a lying partisan pig, and CNN continues to be the lying partisan assclowns we know them to be.

If they want to deal with unfair political advertising, they could have dealt with the Tammy Duckworth (IL-6) hit job against Peter Roskam.

Her ad opens with some woman claiming to be a school principle, complaining about guns in schools. Says that THE LAW prohibited principals from expelling children who bring guns to school; claiming that they could only suspend them.

FLAT OUT LIE 1.

Principals and school districts have always had the ability to expel students for violating rules or for disciplinary problems.

The ad then goes on an says that when legislation was passed (to give the principals the right to expel), Roskam STOOD WITH THE NRA instead of the children.

FLAT OUT LIE 2.

The NRA has not supported guns in schools beyond supervised events and programs (i.e., competition rifle teams). The NRA created the Eddie Eagle program that has taught tens of thousands of children to leave a gun alone, leave the area, and tell an adult. The NRA has never taken the position that kids should not be expelled for endangering other children by bringing guns to school.

Besides, standing with the NRA, in this humble gun owner’s opinion, IS A RATHER GOOD THING and nothing to be ashamed about!

Duckworth (and the Democrats) got a “three-for” with this attack ad. 1. They smeared Roskam. 2. They lied about the NRA’s position in order to tie the smear to Roskam. 3. They smeared every law abiding gun owner by implication for daring to oppose gun control and/or supporting the NRA.

And as this ad was SPONSORED by Rep. Rahm Emanuals little slander operation, it proves that the Democrats are STILL anti-gun, and anti-gun owner.

I commend Mary Katherine for her professional and calm responses. I, would have reacted much more angrily.

georgej on October 29, 2006 at 8:50 AM

Congratulations MKH, Now we need a weekly “Ham Nation” segment on Fox.

Viper1 on October 29, 2006 at 8:59 AM

Couldn’t see the video (still on dialup :( ) but have read her recent piece, and she should be a future outstanding conservative writer and pundit.

geek

geekrunner on October 29, 2006 at 9:12 AM

Very well done, Mary Katherine!

Though the annoyingly aedenoidal CNN chick and Aravosis geek did try to gang up on you, you toughed it out and held your ground.

Brava!

I’m with Viper1 on a weekly Fox “Ham Nation” segment.

Jack.

Jack Deth on October 29, 2006 at 10:45 AM

she delivered the knockout punch when she blind sided him with her statement that those pointing out the racist content where in fact the real racists

Yeah, it was her best line. It was also her only line. Aravosis dominated that segment.

I’m not trying to beat up on her. I completely support her position. Just like each sports fan has a team they root for, I rooted for her.

But the unfortunate fact is, Aravoisis dominated the clip. Our team didn’t win this one.

There will be a next time, and we’ll all be in her corner at the rematch.

EFG on October 29, 2006 at 6:48 PM

Mary Katharine that was a fantastic Debut, MUCH CONGRATULATIONS !! I personally think you’ve got way too much class for those snotballs over at CNN. But, I guess they will do for a start.

Maxx on October 29, 2006 at 9:42 PM

Not her strongest appearance, but it was still an honorable one. She was the one with class, and did get a killer point across. Let’s give her some slack as it was her first major appearance on a cable news outlet.

I see big things in her future. :)

itzWicks on October 30, 2006 at 12:36 AM

MK was excellent, very articulate, she came across as “real” and comfortable. I loved the way she wouldn’t let them distract her away from the point she needed to make. The zinger on who really has the racial hangups….priceless.

jjjen on October 30, 2006 at 1:45 AM

Very nice job…a little too much Southern hospitality, though.

jdpaz on October 30, 2006 at 9:25 AM