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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A clear example of MSM bias from WSJ

I have little respect for the AP since each morning I start my day with their headlines on my YAHOO homepage and they lead their news highlights, almost without exception, with "body counts" from Iraq - car bombs, mosques blown up, etc. I am old enough to remember how the MSM did their work during Vietnam, and this was one of their prime methods. I digress!

James Taranto in "Best of the Web Today", 7/9/07, points out further work they do for the left, and at no charge!:

"'Domestic' Abuse
As expected the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's decision in ACLU v. NSA, the lawsuit challenging the terrorist surveillance program. The Associated Press has a highly misleading account of the ruling:

A divided federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit Friday challenging President Bush's domestic spying program without ruling on the issue of whether warrantless wiretapping is legal.
In a 2-1 decision with Republican-appointed judges in the majority, a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the plaintiffs had no standing to sue because they couldn't prove their communications had been monitored by the government.

In the sixth paragraph, the AP accurately describes the program: "President Bush authorized warrantless monitoring of international telephone calls and e-mails to or from the United States when one party is believed to be a terrorist or to have terrorist ties." But in both the headline and the first paragraph, the wire service refers to the monitoring of international communications as "domestic spying."

Such misreporting--and the AP is far from the only offender--is scurrilous. Moreover, it is potentially threatening to civil liberties. Remember the boy who cried wolf? If a future administration does engage in warrantless domestic wiretapping, how will the AP let us know? Who will believe it is the real thing?"

And the MSM wonders why they are becoming irrelevant.



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