The Dean "Scream"
Please, please, please read this piece re: The Dean "Scream."
Cliff Notes version: mainstream media willingly played a doctored tape to make Dean look bad.
Quick bit from the article that alleges that "the Dean Scream was a fraud, probably the clearest instance of media assassination in recent U.S. political history":
The first was the familiar pool footage of Dean in Iowa. The candidate filled the screen, no supporters were visible. Crowd noise was silenced by the microphone he held, which deadened ambient sounds. You saw only him and heard only his inexplicable screaming.Thanks. See you Tuesday.
The second clip was the same speech taped by a supporter on the floor of the hall. The difference was stunning. The place was packed. The noise was deafening. Dean was on the podium, but you couldn't hear him. The roar from his supporters was drowning him out.
Dean was no longer scary, unhinged, volcanic, over the top. He was like the coach of a would-be championship NCAA football team at a pre-game rally, trying to be heard over a gym full of determined, wildly enthusiastic fans. I saw energy, not lunacy.