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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Aug 24th 2008, 12:32 AM
This is subtly done by Liz Sidoti of the AP. She starts her piece on Biden, the attack person, as though it will be fair and impartial. But check on down in the article...just a sentence here and there. It is like they are becoming an opinion source instead of news.

I don't quote many lines from AP itself, but a few from this paper which presented this article should keep them from threatening to sue over copyright.

Biden begins by biting.

He jabbed at McCain, a Vietnam prisoner of war who is arguably the county's most vocal supporter of the U.S. mission in Iraq, next to Bush. Said Biden: "These times require more than a good soldier. They require a wise leader. A leader who can deliver."

The Delaware senator also used McCain's own words against him to argue that the Republican can't change the country when he offers more of the same, though he left out details and cherry-picked quotes as he sought to make his case.

Left out details? Cherry-picked? Oh, come on..none of our media dare gripe about cherry-picking and leaving out details.

At the same time, Biden charged, without backing up his assertions, that McCain "signed on to Bush's scheme of privatizing Social Security" and said McCain continued to "support tax breaks for companies who ship our jobs overseas" after 3 million manufacturing jobs disappeared.

Without backing up his assertions? Sounds like the AP, doesn't it?

"I've been disappointed in my friend, John McCain, who gave in to the right wing of his party and yielded to the very 'Swift Boat' politics that he once so deplored," Biden said. "Folks, campaigns for presidents are a test of character and leadership."

He insinuated McCain has failed that test. Yet, Biden overlooked moves Obama has made to court the Democratic Party's liberal base and the Illinois senator's own recent flare-ups of hard-hitting politics.

Biden's most direct hit came as he raised McCain's housing gaffe, which had caused the campaign to spiral to a low point Thursday.

Not a gripe about the ugly stuff coming from McCain, right Liz? You are pretty obvious.

The Associated Press definitely has a Fournier problem.

Fournier is a main engine in a high-stakes experiment at the 162-year old wire to move from its signature neutral and detached tone to an aggressive, plain-spoken style of writing that Fournier often describes as “cutting through the clutter.”

In the stories the new boss is encouraging, first-person writing and emotive language are okay.

First person, emotive writing in a news article? Like this article in which he said Obama walks the "arrogance line."

Arrogance is a common vice in presidential politics. A person must be more than a little self-important to wake up one day and say, "I belong in the Oval Office."

But there's a line smart politicians don't cross — somewhere between "I'm qualified to be president" and "I'm born to be president." Wherever it lies, Barack Obama better watch his step.

He's bordering on arrogance.

The dictionary defines the word as an "offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride." Obama may not be offensive or overbearing, but he can be a bit too cocky for his own good.

If the AP is going to post opinion, they should no longer be considered a news source. They should be considered an opinion editorial site, and they should indicate it on their articles.
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