I don’t want to be accused of beating a dead horse but it has gotten to the point that it is difficult to find an article written by the Associated Press or on one of the Big Three network sites that is unbiased. So called “journalists” are now nothing more than editorialists.
The latest example is this article about by Joe Milica of the Associated Press Joe Biden’s comments on John McCain’s economic plan. Article available here
The article has the usual slant, giving one side (not McCain’s) and ignoring that Obama’s plan has come under similar attacks. So, in other words, it is routine fare for the liberal media.
There are a couple of glaring examples of out and out bias though.
First of all, there is the little matter of Joe Biden’s remark that paying taxes is patriotic. The article quoted Biden as saying this: (all emphasis mine)
"We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people," Biden said. Of those who would pay more, he said: "It's time to be patriotic ... time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut."
Somehow McCain took Biden’s remark to mean that it was patriotic to raise taxes, so the article took McCain to task for his misinterpretation.
McCain misstated Biden's remark when he told supporters at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that Biden had said "raising taxes is patriotic."
Then we have this:
In a new TV ad that repeats widely debunked claims about the Democratic tax plan, McCain's campaign charges that Obama would increase the federal government amid an economic crisis. Contending that "a big government casts a big shadow on us all," the ad features the image of a shadow slowly covering a sleeping baby as a narrator misstates the reach of the Obama tax proposal.
widely debunked claims (this is another liberal media trick, who is widely debunking McCain’s claims?)
We also have this fun part, though not quite as obvious, definitely twisting the facts.
Although McCain claims Obama would raise taxes, the independent Tax Policy Center and other groups conclude that four out of five U.S. households would receive tax cuts under Obama's proposals.
This statement is fun in that it may be both true and false at the same time. Maybe 4 out of 5 households would receive tax cuts, by their math though, 20% of the households are missing. Furthermore, Obama himself has said he would raise taxes, it is patriotic after all. Further, the author ignores the fact that not all of the mentioned 80% of households pay taxes and therefore cannot get tax cuts. The author obviously subscribes to the Democratic notion that people who do not pay taxes can still get a tax cut. Finally, the author himself quoted Biden as saying they would raise taxes. Unless I am guilty of misinterpreting this: “Of those who would pay more”.
As I said, it is nothing more than standard fair for the liberal media, that doesn’t mean it is any less tiresome and nauseating. But then again, maybe I’m just misstating the article.
Note: no horses, dead or alive, were harmed in the writing of this blog.