Monday, August 02, 2004

Politics: With friends like the NYT...

With favorable coverage from the "liberal media" like this, Kerry can't lose (link via Digby):
Mr. Kerry borrowed from Mr. Reagan's eulogy at his father's funeral in confronting what he suggested was Mr. Bush's attempt to draw differences between the senator and the president on values and religion.

"In this campaign, we welcome people of faith: America is not us and them," he said. "I think of what Ron Reagan said of his father a few weeks ago, and I want to say this to you tonight: I don't wear my religion on my sleeve.

"But faith has given me values and hope to live by, from Vietnam to this day, from Sunday to Sunday,'' he said. "I don't want to claim that God is on our side.''

That's it. The second, and important, part of that statement is left out of the article. People who watched (or remember a President named Lincoln) know the rest:
"As Abraham Lincoln told us, I want to pray humbly that we are on God's side."

That creative editing comes form the New York Times main political writer (hack) and thorn in Kerry's side, Adam Nagourney. Way to chop the quote to make Kerry look like some kind of God-hatin' athiest Commie. It's like not giving you the punchline for a joke, but worse, because Nagourney doesn't let on that your missing anything. They don't even give Kerry the benefit of an elipsis at the end to let you know he continued speaking.

Just remember this the next time somebody's bitchin' about the so-called liberal media. There is no liberal bias in terms of coverage of the Presidential race. It's in every media outlet's interest to keep this race close, and to knock down anyone who gets too far ahead. They won't even let Kerry bask in the actual content of his speech, never mind any glow...


Dude Quixote said...

Amen brother. For more on this, check out my blog

There is nothing worse than the soul-less media in the US. What happened to being the watchdog of the government? What happened to having a conscience and burrowing into a story to find truth?

I read on today (I think it was this site) that 77 of 150 journalists recently informally polled favors four more years of Bush because his administration is more "interesting" and has a "richer cast of characters" than Kerry's will. Journalists, who tend to be liberals, do not allow their personal convictions to influence their coverage; it is their professional ambitions - getting front page stories, getting on the air - that drive coverage. Thus, the media is leaning so far right that we should be worrying about capsizing.

Anonymous said...

I think the Media is the biggiest issue today. The mainstream media seems to be lacking something these days. It's probably due to a lack of courage and to pressure to deliver stories in a never-ending stream that prevents journalists from doing actual research. Fortunately, people are waking up, people such as Paul Krugman, Paul Begala, Donna Brazile, and of course, Jon Stewart. Things are starting to move.