Paul Krugman once joked that if President Bush said that the Earth was flat, the headlines of news articles would read, "Opinions Differ on Shape of the Earth." Our famed liberal media is terrified of the appearance of bias, which presents a problem, now that we've collectively decided that being "truth vigilantes" is part of reporters' job descriptions and fact-checks are a regular feature of political reporting.
What does one do when one side provides insufficient fodder for the truth mongers in the media? You could go the route of Factcheck.org, which described Bill Clinton's speech as a "fact-checker"s nightmare" because it required "lots of effort required to run down his many statistics and factual claims" while "producing little for us to write about" as "with few exceptions, we found his stats checked out." That sorrow is palpable — they want to tell you that "pants on fire" describes something other than the feeling in voters' loins when Clinton speaks, but alas, they can't.
Or you can go the Associated Press route…
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Tom Kent — Standards Editor for the Associated Press — in a memo to AP staff members…
"[C]ombat in Iraq is not over, and we should not uncritically repeat suggestions that it is, even if they come from senior officials. The situation on the ground in Iraq is no different today than it has been for some months."
I beg to differ. Some months ago, U.S. soldiers were dying in a "war." Today, they're dying in a "security mission." Totally different situation.
Also, the thing that's happening in Afghanistan is an "ice cream party with assault riffles."
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Fox News just got three feet closer to commandeering control of the nation…
The White House Correspondents Association said Sunday that The Associated Press' reporter has been moved to the [White House Briefing Room] front-row center seat previously occupied by Helen Thomas. Fox's correspondent will take the AP's former front-row seat, and National Public Radio's correspondent will move up one row to Fox's old second-row seat.
I'm sure that, after all that unpleasantness with Helen Thomas, they wanted to make sure that any news organization in the front row would not allude to nor say anything racist.
So, Fox News seemed like an obvious choice.
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It must be difficult being Sarah Palin, what with the entire America media working in collusion to smear her good name for no other reason than that she loves America or something.
Look at how shamelessly the Associated Press writes things about the things she wrote about in her upcoming book…
"Amazingly, but not surprisingly, the AP somehow nabbed a copy of the book before it was released," she wrote on her Facebook page.
"They're now erroneously reporting on the book's contents and are repeating many of the same things they spewed during the campaign and afterwards. We've heard 11 writers are engaged in this opposition research, er, "fact checking" research!"
So, the Associated Press is lying about what's in the book? Wow! Can you believe that they'd put all of their credibility on the line by making up a bunch of lies about what's in Sarah Palin's book, when it comes out tomorrow and everyone in the world will be able to read it and see what liars they are?
It just doesn't make sense. But, you know, if Sarah Palin says that's what happened, we've pretty much got to assume that that's what happened. She's a pretty trustworthy source.
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