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The Press Has Awoken

by RonChusid

We’ve gone through it for years, including the entire 2004 election campaign, but the media remained silent. Finally they are back. Look at this headline from AP: Bush Using Straw-Man Arguments in Speeches.

Jennifer Loven has finally said what we thought every time we’ve heard Bush speak, but nobody has said. She’s like the kid who had the guts to say, “The Emperor Has No Clothes.” She describes exactly what the Republicans do. After quoting a typical Bush attack, she explains:

Of course, hardly anyone in mainstream political debate has made such assertions.

When the president starts a sentence with “some say” or offers up what “some in Washington” believe, as he is doing more often these days, a rhetorical retort almost assuredly follows.

The device usually is code for Democrats or other White House opponents. In describing what they advocate, Bush often omits an important nuance or substitutes an extreme stance that bears little resemblance to their actual position.

He typically then says he “strongly disagrees” — conveniently knocking down a straw man of his own making.

Am I allowed to make a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism?

4 Responses to “The Press Has Awoken”

  1. Ron

    If it helps I’ll 2nd that nomination for a Pulitzer.

  2. She even did some good research with a legitimate expert:

    “A specialist in presidential rhetoric, Wayne Fields of Washington University in St. Louis, views it as “a bizarre kind of double talk” that abuses the rules of legitimate discussion.”

    Can we get to AP and let them know we like that kind of journalism?

    I think the + feedback would be more effective for now – especially if she continues to do the kind of writing journalists get Pulitzers for.

  3. Checking around it looks like Jennifer Loven has a long history of attempting to bring out the truth about the Bush Administration–something too few journalists have been doing.

    Naturally the right wing calls this bias as the right wing bloggers complain about previous times she has reported the truth when other reporters just quoted what Bush said without fact checking.

    I found that the Kerry Reference Library has one of her articles in it on Bush’s National Guard record.

    Exposing political leaders when they lie is not bias–it is good journalism.

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