|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Saturday, September 25, 2004
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".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.
By 8:41 PM, at