Cover Story | In July, George W. Bush selected Dick Cheney as his running mate,
and reporters soon began echoing the Democratic rapid-response
memos. Journalists used extremist terms to describe Mr. Cheney,
labeling him "hard right," "far right," and "very, very
conservative." In August, Al Gore selected Sen. Joseph Lieberman as
his running mate, and reporters focused first not on Mr.
Lieberman's voting record, but on how he could "inoculate" Mr. Gore
on ethical issues, since he was the first Democrat