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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Better news reporting please

Posted by: Jambo / 9:18 PM

Kevin Drum made the same point today about a couple other bills (he's got a cool chart, too) but it is just as true with this one:

Democrats Fall Short in Effort to Shift Course of Iraq War

A proposal that Democrats put forward as their best chance of changing the course of the Iraq war died on the Senate floor today, dealing the latest defeat to opponents of the war as Republicans stood firmly behind President Bush.

...Supporters of Mr. Bush’s war strategy declared victory, saying they had firmly beaten back legislative efforts to change course.

This sort of inaccurate reporting makes me crazy. The way it is worded makes it sound like the Democrats can't get a majority to support their bills which is patently untrue. The were 56 votes in favor and the only reason it didn't pass is because a minority of Republicans filibustered. But it is not until the 7th paragraph that we even find out that is what happened. An honest headline would read "Senate Republicans Filibuster Troop Withdrawal Plan." That would show which party is pushing a minority view and thwarting not just the majority of the senate but of the public as well. Liberal press my ass.

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