Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Your Liberal Media

Those of you who feel the media is too liberal can relax a little - apparently, they agree with you:

The Associated Press ran a story yesterday (byline John Solomon) attacking Senator Harry Reid for accepting tickets to a boxing match in Nevada as the guest of the Nevada state government (something that appears totally fine under Senate ethics rules).

AP then comes under
some rather severe criticism from bloggers, this blog included, because the article notes in its second paragraph that rather than doing the bidding of the Nevada boxing folks, Reid was in fact pushing legislation they didn't like - i.e., Reid was not in the pocket of the Nevada boxing folks.Today, Josh Marshall discovered that AP appears to have edited its story and deleted the sentence that makes clear that Harry Reid was pushing legislation the Nevada boxing folks didn't like. I.e., AP just happened to delete the key line of their story that proves that Harry Reid isn't dishonest. And AP happens to delete this line from their story right after we all criticize them, using the line as proof that AP's story doesn't hold water.

This is not the first instance of the AP's Solomon making accusations and insinuations that don't hold up. Now, this is not to say that Harry Reid is honest or dishonest - that's not the point of this article, despite the above line stating that the excluded sentence "proves Harry Reid isn't dishonest."

This is to say that the "liberal" media continues to prove itself as a sort of legendarily-mythical beast; a Chimera, a Minotaur, a Kelpi.


At 10:28 AM, Anonymous portia said...

Wow. The MSM's bias usually isn't this blatant.

Personally, I don't think most of them are biased at all. I do think they're overly reactive to a right-wing noise machine that's been screeching about the "liberal media" for the better part of thirty years, and it causes them to print things to refute the charge. This has the handy effect of being if not right-wing, definitely anti-left.


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