Wednesday, May 18, 2005

AP, your bias is showing

My Dad used to say, "Son, don't believe everything you read."

Newsweek is just one example. When it comes to the MSM, we have to keep beating that drum.

The AP in this article proves the point....again.

Point: always, always look at who they use as reference and who they interview. For the reasons of this post, the point of this article isn't important. The balance of their sources is. Let's review.
``Members of Congress are under more scrutiny from various interest groups who play a larger role in politics in every single way than they did in the past,'' Democratic consultant Jim Jordan says. ``That makes it very difficult for even well-meaning and sensible members of Congress to come together for compromise.''
Look where he works now. His background?
Jordan comes to Westhill Partners from his own successful consulting firm, Thunder Road Group, where he directed political and communications strategy for several “527” groups in the 2004 election, including America Coming Together and The Media Fund. Previously, Jordan served as campaign manager for presidential candidate Senator John Kerry. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director, Communications Director and Political Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
OK. Let's find that balance.
If the Senate GOP leadership accepts anything less than a vote on each of Bush's nominees, ``I think people will be extremely upset,'' said Wendy Long of the Judicial Confirmation Network.
We have a 1 to 1 tie. Next round.
``You cannot back down from bullies,'' said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
That was easy. L2 - R1.
``If we fail to step back from the abyss, we will descend into a dark, protracted era of divisive partisanship,'' said Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania who has not indicated publicly what course he will take.
Senator Specter is a tie. Argue if you want, but he's a tie - leaning left.
Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, a congressional watchdog group, said the judicial fight is a reflection of intensely partisan times.
D21 takes a bit of digging until you find out a little more by President and founder by Fred Wertheimer. Mmmmm. Former President of Common Cause and wants to have government tell you what you can say during an election. (Yes, he is the husband of NPR's Linda Wertheimer. No Red Stater there) Yep Lefty. L3 - R1.
Looks like the author, Ron Fournier, needs to get out more. His Rolodex is a bit lopsided. Did you know that,
"Ron is usually happiest with a piece of metal in his hands!"
Oh, wait, that is another Ron Fournier. This Ron Fournier has some balance problem history he still needs to work on.

The title of his AP piece is Politics Goes Extreme in D.C.. The more and more I look, the extreme seems to be coming from the Left that is coming unglued the more they stay out of power, and they just don't understand it.

Hint Ron; if you want to get a better perspective, you need to loose your fear of the right and talk to them more; if not personally - professionally. We would all do better by your efforts to improve yourself and your writing.

Three Leftist Democrats, a Liberal Republican, and one Conservative Republican does not balance make.

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