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Now the AP Does It

I guess I’m destined to play media critic today. Via Kathryn Lopez at NRO, I see that the AP is out with a horribly biased story, not even listed as analysis (and therefore by definition treated as “straight news”), that tries to downplay GOP success IN ADVANCE of tomorrow’s elections, so that if Republicans or conservatives win, the media can treat it all as no big deal. The objectionable parts of this Liz Sedoti story are legion. The headline starts right in: “GOP victory Tuesday won’t erase party’s problems.” Says who? Well, says Sedoti.

“So even if political winds start blowing harder behind them and even if they can capitalize on Democratic missteps, Republicans still will have a long way to go over the next year because of their party’s own fundamental problems — divisions over the path forward, the lack of a national leader and a shrinking base in a changing nation.

The GOP would overcome none of those hurdles should Republican Bob McDonnell win the Virginia governor’s race, Chris Christie emerge victorious in the New Jersey governor’s contest, or conservative Doug Hoffman triumph in a hotly contested special congressional election in upstate New York.”

There’s a factual error here: “Similar hand-wringing happened in the GOP ahead of the 1994 midterms. Just weeks before those elections, Republicans came up with the Contract with America — and ended up taking control of Congress.” Uh, wrong. This makes it sound as if the congressional GOP did some sort of rush job to create the Contract. But they didn’t just “come up with” the Contract in 1994; it was well over a year in the making, suring which time the House GOP was hardly involved in “hand-wringing.” I was there; from VERY early 1993 on, the House GOP was amazingly unified,  perhaps for to the largest degree ever, before or since.

Then there is this nonsense: “very real split between conservatives who want to focus on social issues — which tend to work best during peaceful, prosperous times — and the rest of the party, which generally wants a broader vision, particularly given recession.” Excuse me, but it is the conservatives who have been driving the bus recently, and it has been mostly on economic issues, with Tea Party protests specifically focused on government spending and the planned takeover of one-sixth of the economy. Meanwhile, it’s not as if social-issues conservatives and economic ones are at war right now: Indeed, they have been mutually supportive again this year to a greate extent than they have been in years, and it’s not as if social conservatives have a “narrow” vision. This idea of social issues concerns being somehow not “broad” is in itself a bad bias of the culturally leftist media.

Then there is this old trope: “Fiery talk show hosts like Limbaugh and Glenn Beck have become the angry white face of the party.” If I hear one more mention of “angry white” people, I may gag. And does Sedoti ever listen to Rush? His tone is almost never angry. It may be mocking, and it may be flamboyant at times — but angry? Nope.

And so on and so forth. This whole article is wishful thinking and editorializing disguised as news. With almost no attribution to other sources, either. For shame.

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