This is just sad.
Embracing the GOP spin from the right-wing press, the Post on Saturday runs a front page piece actually suggesting it wasn't such big a deal that Sarah Palin didn't know what the Bush Doctrine was when quizzed by ABC's Charlie Gibson this week. The Post, acting confused, claims there have been so many so-called Bush Doctrines that Palin might have just not known which one Gibson was referring to.
Ugh. Let's just say we agree with WaPo reader "toohool" who posted this comment: "This is dumb. Do a Google News search for "Bush Doctrine" for any span of time prior to yesterday. There is no ambiguity."
But look, the Post even got a serious person to back up the laughably thin premise of the article. Which independent source did the paper tap? The Post got a former staff member of Bush's National Security Council.
It makes sense that Charles Krauthammer would float the same Bush Doctrine spin on the WaPo opinion page on Saturday. It's his job to stand up for the GOP ticket. But in the Post's news pages?
The media finally seem to be showing interest in the refusal on the part of the town of Wasilla, Alaska, while Sarah Palin was mayor, to pay for rape kits for the victims of sexual assault. The Associated Press has a fairly informative article on the subject, but we can only assume that its last paragraph was inadvertently lopped off. Here's how one version of the AP story currently ends:
Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for the campaign of Palin and John McCain, said that Palin "does not believe, nor has she ever believed, that rape victims should have to pay for an evidence-gathering test."
The AP gave no indication that it asked Comella the obvious follow-up: Why, if Palin does not believe that rape victims should have to pay for their own evidence-gathering test, did this practice continue for four years while Palin was mayor, with the practice ending only after the state legislature stepped in and outlawed it?
Blogger Bruce Wilson specializes in researching the religious right and it was his viral video earlier this year, "God Sent Hitler," that forced McCain to walk away from Pastor John Hagee. More recently, Wilson posted a very important clip about Sarah Palin's church and the often radical brand of faith it practices. The clip was picked up all over the blogosphere and as of Thursday had been seen more than 160,000 at YouTube. (Watch the video here.)
But then the clip was yanked. When Wilson tried to find out why he was told by YouTube it was because of "inappropriate content," which strikes us as very odd. Here's hoping YouTube rethinks the ban.
Meanwhile, we hear the video has sparked a growing online debate within the religious right itself, as more and more followers raise questions about Palin's church and the faith practiced there.
Last week, AP reporter Tom Raum claimed "many liberals" are "belittling" Palin by saying that as a mother of five, she lacks the "time" to be vice president -- but Raum didn't bother to name a single such liberal. So Atrios suggested readers contact Raum and ask him to do so.
Today, Glenn Greenwald explains that one blogger got a response from Raum consisting of 19 quotes -- not one of which was an example of a liberal belitting Palin by saying that as a mother of five she lacks the time to be vice president. Not a single one.
You can see Raum's list here. It raises an obvious question: Did Raum compile the list himself? Did someone else at the AP compile it? Or was it compiled by Republican operatives? If it was compiled by Republicans, why is Tom Raum simply cutting and pasting from GOP opposition research in support of his articles?
Greenwald has invited Raum to appear with him on Salon Radio to discuss Raum's article. If Raum appears, maybe he'll explain where he got that list.
Amygdala walks us through the NYTimes' expert rendition. This time, the topic is lobbyists and campaign contributions and how "McCain employs lobbyists for an industry as his chief advisors on that industry," while "Obama gets contributions from citizens who are employees."
See, they're the same.
That's what Howard Kurtz recently claimed at washgintonpost.com, suggesting reporters and pundits are furious at the McCain campaign: "Whether it's the latest back-and-forth over attack ads, the silly lipstick flap or the continuing debate over Sarah and sexism, you can just feel the tension level rising several notches."
We had to chuckle since, as County Fair has repeatedly stressed, the press chose to cover the lipstick charade. But now, according to Kurtz, it was as if the press had to pretend the hoax represented news.
We're all for journalists feeling like the McCain camp has insulted their intelligence in recent weeks, because we think it's true. But spare us the notion that the press hasn't allowed itself to be played and insulted.
Does its best to defend the "Bush Doctrine" blunder. We think it's going to have to try harder, though.
In his critique of today's WaPo, says Booman Tribune.
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