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AP Fair and balanced

Discussion in '2006 Archive' started by hillclimber, Feb 4, 2006.

  1. hillclimber

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    Bond is black.
     
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    So, should Bond be complaining about being marginalized and ignored?
     
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    I'm still not sure what the blogger's complaint is. Links didn't work.

    The AP, of course, is a member cooperative. It has its own reporters, but many, if not most, of its stories from the hinterlands come from members.

    Having been a consumer of AP material for a quarter-century, I have found it usually reliable and usually objective. That's a pretty good record.
     
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    "When Pat Robertson advocated assassinating Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, that warranted an AP story. When Robertson commented on Ariel Sharon's stroke being a punishment for the Israeli peace process, it warranted another. When Robertson opens his mouth and makes stupid and/or offensive comments, the media reports it, and Republicans have to stand up and defend Robertson or distance themselves from him. There's generally a drumbeat in the media to force him to apologize.

    But when the chairman of the NAACP, Julian Bond, stands in front of a universiry audience and equates the Republican Party to Nazis, calls the current and former Secretarys of State "tokens" and compares the President's judicial nominees to the Taliban, the AP doesn't deem that newsworthy. No one asks any Democratic officials about the comments. No has to stand up and defend Bond, no one has to distance themselves from him. No apologies are forthcoming, and none are requested/demanded ."

    Why?

    Because Bond is black and a liberal. End of story.
     
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    The AP is a news service. It is not its job to engage in politics.

    I would suspect that lots more people know who Pat Robertson is than know who Julian Bond is. I remember him all the way back to the 1968 Democratic Convention where he was nominated for vice president but declined because he was too young.
     
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    You just bumped into reality. [​IMG]
     
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