The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Saturday, September 25, 2004

You've probably seen Powerline's report on how the Associated Press tried to pass off pro-Democratic Party propaganda as news:

We have noted before that the Associated Press has become a part of the John Kerry campaign. This morning, many readers have directed our attention to this astonishing AP story titled "Bush Twists Kerry's Words on Iraq".

Yes, you read that right. This is not a Kerry campaign press release; it is an Associated Press story that will be reprinted in hundreds, maybe thousands, of American newspapers.

Well. Let's see how President Bush has "twisted Kerry's words." Here is the first example cited by AP reporter Jennifer Loven:

President Bush opened several new scathing lines of attack against Democrat John Kerry, charges that twisted his rival's words on Iraq and made Kerry seem supportive of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein.

He stated flatly that Kerry had said earlier in the week "he would prefer the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein to the situation in Iraq today." But Kerry never said that. In a speech at New York University on Monday, he called Saddam "a brutal dictator who deserves his own special place in hell." He added, "The satisfaction we take in his downfall does not hide this fact: We have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure."

That the Associated Press would do this is outrageous, but also pointless and counterproductive. Press bias is coin in the Republicans' pocket, because it has been obvious for years and is done so crudely that even a small child would know how to correct for it. Also people dislike being lectured to and patronized, and many of them are quite willing to vote Republican just so they can stick it to the smug, arrogant media (which is now regarded as highly as used car salesmen, or lawyers, I forget which).

Some people fret that biased stories like this one influence unsophisticated voters with little exposure to politics. I doubt it; such people are more likely to cast their ballot based on other spurious factors that are more meaningful to them than television: Because their parents voted a certain way, because we are at war and the president must be supported, because a certain candidate has a nice voice.

Meanwhile the press marches off lemming-like to their eventual destruction and irrelevance: They piss away their credibility, alienate viewers and advertisers, constrict their revenue, and make their political enemies look appealing by comparison.



hi floyd!!!

got to your blog from david pinto.

you can't believe anything political you read in the press. lies are what sell. the press, at least in washington, is very open about being liberal democrats. somewhere, inbetween the two sides lies the facts, which i doubt any of us regular people have access to.

on more baseball stuff, looks like A's pitchers are cooked. Maybe Rick Peterson is missed?

lisa gray

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