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Thursday, February 12, 2004  

The Center for American Progress found an interesting passage in ABC's "The Note":

Like every other institution, the Washington and political press corps operate with a good number of biases and predilections.

They include, but are not limited to, a near-universal shared sense that liberal political positions on social issues like gun control, homosexuality, abortion, and religion are the default, while more conservative positions are "conservative positions."

They include a belief that government is a mechanism to solve the nation's problems; that more taxes on corporations and the wealthy are good ways to cut the deficit and raise money for social spending and don't have a negative affect on economic growth; and that emotional examples of suffering (provided by unions or consumer groups) are good ways to illustrate economic statistic stories.

A familiar charge. Bernie Goldberg has turned this view into a cottage industry since he published Bias. Let's leave this question aside for the moment. "The Note" extends the argument:

The press, by and large, does not accept President Bush's justifications for the Iraq war -- in any of its WMD, imminent threat, or evil-doer formulations. It does not understand how educated, sensible people could possibly be wary of multilateral institutions or friendly, sophisticated European allies.

It does not accept the proposition that the Bush tax cuts helped the economy by stimulating summer spending.

It remains fixated on the unemployment rate.

CAP refutes the claim in pointed language--fairly predictably; I don't think I need to quote it here. I'm actually more interested in this charge as it stands. I'm wondering, where is this powerful cabal of "Washington and political press corps" "The Note" references?

It obviously excludes the WSJ, Washington Times, Christian Broadcasting Network, and Fox News (among many others). It excludes the myriad print, radio, and television news sources devoted to business. (Maybe writers of "The Note" are so busy reading the World Socialist Press that they're unaware of Forbes, Fortune, and Inc.) Presumably, "The Note" exludes editorial boards as well, because the majority of them supported Bush's invasion.

Am I missing something? Is there any evidence to support this statement? From where I sit, the facts point to the opposite conclusion.

posted by Jeff | 8:19 AM |
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