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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:13 PM
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NewsBusters: Proving Stephen Colbert Right
NewsBusters: Proving Stephen Colbert Right
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In a Dec. 13 NewsBusters post, Terry Trippany tells the Associated Press how to write a news story: Don't include anything that makes the Bush administration sound bad.

Trippany decided to deconstruct an AP report on military recruiting, declaring, "One cant help but note how the AP reporter spins the good news story of recruitment success into a negative screed about American pessimism over the war in Iraq and dissatisfaction with the way President Bush is handling the effort." So she turned it into two articles, one a "biased screed," the other the real story.

But Trippany's good-news version of the story conveniently omits certain realities that would be germane, if not essential, to an article about military recruiting, namely 1) the U.S. is fighting a war; 2) that war is unpopular with the majority of Americans; and 3) most Americans disapprove of Bush's handling of the war. Too negative, you see. Makes Repubicans look bad. Can't have that.

Trippany thus proves Stephen Colbert right: reality really does have a liberal bias. And that's what our friends at the MRC are fighting to save us from.

More:
http://conwebwatch.tripod.com/blog/index.blog?entry_id=...
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