Croker Sack

"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." — Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Obama's abortion policy is neither inflammatory nor contentious -- it's so because the AP says so

Notice how biased the reporting of Obama’s abortion policy is.

Bush’s policy was the opposite of Obama’s.

Bush’s policy was “inflammatory” and “contentious”:

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Friday struck down the Bush administration's ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information — an inflammatory policy that has bounced in and out of law for the past quarter-century. Obama's executive order, the latest in an aggressive first week reversing contentious Bush policies, was warmly welcomed by liberal groups and denounced by abortion rights foes.

What adjective was used to describe Obama’s policy? I didn’t notice one.

When Obama declared that he has “no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate,” it isn’t worth an adjective to describe his statement.

Very odd.

“Inflammatory” – likely to rouse anger or violence.

“Contentious” – likely to provoke controversy.

What is it about Bush’s policy that is inflammatory or contentious, while Obama’s policy is neither?

Obviously, the reporters and editors agree with Obama and disagree with Bush -- and their disagreement makes them likely to be roused to anger by Bush's policy.

Either policy may provoke controversy, since people have strong beliefs about the topic of abortion and government funding that may promote abortion -- but only Bush's policy is contentious, because the reporters and editors disagree with him.

Yet, the reporters and editors declare that their news reports are unbiased. They couldn't possibly believe that their declarations are true.


Post a Comment

<< Home