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September 25, 2004

Paged By The Liberal Media

I'm getting the impression that some parts of the mainstream media are starting to panic as Kerry's chances of election start to decline.

Case in point--my freaking pager. Part of the "service" it offers is a news feed that one is not allowed to shut off. For the most part I ignore it, but on occasion, when I've been out of touch with the real world for a half hour or so, I'll check the headlines it offers. Today it gave me a headline on the hurricane, one on Iraqi hostages, and this curious construction--"In new attacks on Kerry, Bush twists his rival's words, makes him seem supportive of Saddam."

That's not a headline, that's an editorial comment masquerading as one. Pity the poor man who relies on only his pager for news of the world, for he would never know.

The headline was apparently based on this AP story with a similar title.

Campaigning by bus through hotly contested Wisconsin on Friday, Bush sought to counter recently sharpened criticism by Kerry about his Iraq policies:

-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.'' The line drew gasps of surprise from Bush's audience in a Racine, Wis., park. ``I just strongly disagree,'' the president said.

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.''

It certainly sounds to me that, given the choice between America removing Saddam and Saddam remaining in power, Kerry preferred the latter. It's a defensible position from a certain point of view, but to claim that Bush is twisting Kerry's words means that Jennifer Loven, the AP reporter who wrote the story has to twist Kerry's words herself in order to do so.

Bush attacked Kerry for calling ``our alliance 'the alliance of the coerced and the bribed.'''

``You can't build alliances if you criticize the efforts of those who are working side by side with you,'' the president said in Janesville, Wis.

Kerry did use the phrase to describe the U.S.-led coalition of nations in Iraq, in a March 2003 speech in California. He was referring to the administration's willingness to offer aid to other nations to gain support for its Iraq policies.

But Bush mischaracterized Kerry's criticism, which has not been aimed at the countries that have contributed a relatively small number of troops and resources, but at the administration for not gaining more participation from other nations.

Gosh, Jennifer must be shocked to her very core--the idea that a politician would reach back in time to criticize his opponent! I hope she sat down before the vapors overcame her entirely. The point that Bush was making is that Kerry claims he will work with hypothetical allies, all the while denigrating our actual allies. Once again, in order to criticize Bush Ms. Loven has to first distort Kerry's position.

Finally, Jennifer abandons her thin pretense of objectivity and gets right to hauling the Kerry campaign's water for them.

Kerry's point was that the optimistic assessments of postwar Iraq from both Bush and Allawi didn't match previous statements by the Iraqi leader, nor the reality on the ground, and were designed to put the ``best face'' on failed policies.

If that was Kerry's point, then he should have said so, or someone in his campaign should have. It's not up to a reporter to do so for them. An editorialist could have done so, but the story isn't presented as an editorial. It's presented as a supposed objective article.

And the fact is that the Kerry campaign would have been glad to, had Ms. Loven called them up and asked. How damn lazy does one have to be to not make that call?

Update: Great minds and all that. Powerline also looks askance at Jennifer Loven's efforts on behalf of the Kerry campaign.

Posted by Bigwig at September 25, 2004 12:33 PM | TrackBack
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Comments

Love your thoughts on this topic. Keep up the good work! I like your site very much! ( i found it through Powerline)I'd love to hear your thoughts on the proposal by Congressman Chaka Fattah which is referrenced in Cal Thomas's latest article on FOX News. I think it is a great idea on tax reform&would love to see more exposure to it.

Posted by: Maria in St Auggie at September 25, 2004 02:37 PM

Love your thoughts on this topic. Keep up the good work! I like your site very much! ( i found it through Powerline)I'd love to hear your thoughts on the proposal by Congressman Chaka Fattah which is referrenced in Cal Thomas's latest article on FOX News. I think it is a great idea on tax reform&would love to see more exposure to it.

Posted by: Maria in St Auggie at September 25, 2004 02:39 PM

Better watch it, Big. You keep on this way and pretty soon, you're going to be classified as a conservative, cynical bastard like me.

Posted by: Blackavar at September 26, 2004 09:24 PM
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