Friday, January 28, 2005

Fair and Balanced

Note the spin in this AP article:

Democrats Bash Bush Social Security Plan

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats lashed out Friday against President Bush's plan to add personal accounts to Social Security and accused his administration of improperly using the Social Security Administration to promote the plan.

In the first place, it describes what the Democrats are doing as "bashing." Those nasty Democrats - they bash, bash, bash. And poor George is the bashee. Don't you feel sorry for poor George, being bashed like that?

And in the second place, they call them "personal" accounts instead of private accounts. As you probably know, Bush has been trying to get journalists to stop using the word "private" when describing privatization, since the word doesn't poll well - even though Bush himself and the Republicans used it as their own word of choice BEFORE they found out that it didn't poll well. And, sure enough, you won't find the word "private" anywhere in the article. So apparently, the "liberal media" is allowing Bush to dictate their vocabulary.

One wonders if Laura Meckler, the author of the article, is one of the reporters that Bush is paying to repeat spin points.

But my guess is that she whores for free.

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