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Sunday, September 14, 2003


Silliest Article of the Day

posted by G at Sunday, September 14, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
This whole game journalists play now of saying "gotcha" when they can find 1) a few words that can be conceivably characterized as a misstatement, or 2) two statements from a candidate that appear vaguely contradictory-- it's just ridiculous. In the NY Times article I've linked to, the parsing of Dean's language is so fine, at several points, I can't even understand what the reporter is trying to say.

President Bush's statements on almost every issue don't agree with each other or with *reality*. Finally, in the last press conference a few journalists got around to pointing this out, but they still gave him a free pass when he ignored the questions. How about journalists apply to Bush the same dogged scrutiny they're applying to the Dems? Let's start with any of his many claims that there are chemical and biological weapons in Iraq! And don't forget Cheney's statement before the war that the Iraqis had nuclear weapons.


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