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More Media Bias

July 14, 2010
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I have to admit that I, at least, had fun with yesterday’s media bias on the Western Conservative Summit. It is instructive to see just how that bias is inserted into what is reported on, and how it is reported. The more you look, the more obvious it becomes.

Here’s some more fun with that most liberal of topics, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I already wrote about how Obama played golf while the gulf was polluted. The press would have crucified George Bush; Obama deserves to have been crucified, too. Cleaning up the mess is of concern to all Americans, regardless of politics.

When you’re a liberal, however, your driving concern is using everything to advance the liberal agenda along the Road to Socialist Utopia (or as we conservatarians like to say, the Road to Serfdom).

Remember that on June 4th, BP finally got a cap that worked. The AP’s headline:

BP: cap gets some Gulf oil, crude still spews

Guess the glass was half-full for the AP. I pick on the AP because their stories are picked up and repeated by a lot of new organizations. Well, BP was not content with that cap of course, so they remove it so that they can replace it with a better cap. AP’s  Tom Breen writes on July 10:

BP: Cap on gushing well removed, oil flows freely

Damned if they do, damned if they don’t. BP and the U.S. Coast Guard had said that fitting the new cap would take a couple of days. Tom Breen of AP writes on July11:

For Now, Oil Spews Unchecked in Gulf: Hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil are being allowed to spew into the fouled waters of the Gulf of Mexico…

He really likes the verb “spew” doesn’t he? On July 12, the new cap is put in place on schedule. Here’s the lead from Breen, assisted by Harry R. Weber:

BP affixes new cap on Gulf oil well; tests ahead. BP robots attached a new, tighter-fitting cap on top of the gushing Gulf of Mexico oil leak Monday, raising hopes that the crude could be kept from polluting the water for the first time in nearly three months.

Well, maybe the bumbling capitalist exploiters might get it right yet. Remains to be seen. I almost hate to report the New York Times headline, which is quite neutral by comparison:

Critical Test Near for BP’s New Cap

Looks like someone could take lessons in objectivity from the New York Times! <giggle>

Although it is totally unrelated, I just have to report this AP headline about Louisiana U.S. Senator  Vitter, also from July 12:

Republican senator says he backs birther lawsuits

And just the other day Peter Boyles was saying he hasn’t heard the term birther lately. Looks like somebody was too busy with spewing oil and didn’t get the memo.


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