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March 22, 2006

Jennifer Loven Strikes Again!

The part-time reporter/full-time covert DNC operative has once again turned in a masterpiece of biased "reporting:"

When the president starts a sentence with "some say" or offers up what "some in Washington" believe, as he is doing more often these days, a rhetorical retort almost assuredly follows.

The device usually is code for Democrats or other White House opponents. In describing what they advocate, Bush often omits an important nuance or substitutes an extreme stance that bears little resemblance to their actual position.

He typically then says he "strongly disagrees" — conveniently knocking down a straw man of his own making.
...

"Some look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude that the war is lost and not worth another dime or another day," President Bush said recently.
Another time he said, "Some say that if you're Muslim you can't be free."

"There are some really decent people," the president said earlier this year, "who believe that the federal government ought to be the decider of health care ... for all people."

Of course, hardly anyone in mainstream political debate has made such assertions.

As Powerline points out, people have made these assertions. And they're quite mainstream.

They also are curious as to whether Ms. Loven will be highlighting similar uses of straw-man arguments and other logical fallacies uttered by Democrats. For example, perhaps she could not that Democrats who advocate withdrawal contrast their bug-out-now strategy with Bush's plan to stay in Iraq "forever." Perhaps Ms. Loven will point out that no one has ever suggested America remain in Iraq "forever"?

Don't count on that.

By way of background: Ms. Loven is married to an environmental activist and major Kerry supporter in 2004.

So here's another "straw man" argument, according to Loven:

Here's another of Ms. Loven's "straw men":
Running for re-election against Sen. John Kerry in 2004, Bush frequently used some version of this line to paint his Democratic opponent as weaker in the fight against terrorism: "My opponent and others believe this matter is a matter of intelligence and law enforcement."

Bush probably said that because he actually listened to what Kerry said, unlike, apparently, Ms. Loven:

The war on terror is less -- it is occasionally military, and it will be, and it will continue to be for a long time. ... But it's primarily an intelligence and law enforcement operation that requires cooperation around the world -- the very thing this administration is worst at.

Funny, what with Loven's husband having been cited by the Kerry campaign as one of its leading endorsers, you'd think she would have paid more attention to Kerry's speeches.

Perhaps she's just upset Bush didn't state Kerry's quote precisely accurately. But that wouldn't seem likely to bother her, with her great difficulties in accurately reporting Bush's "famous 16 words" (about uranium in Africa) from the 2003 State of the Union address.

(If they're so famous, I've wondered before, why can't Ms. Loven ever seem to quote them correctly?)

It's just hysterical that the media maintains this claim that they're not active political partisans. Again, we just never seem to see these sorts of stories on Democrats. If they were unbiased, shouldn't contentious stories like this be about fifty-fifty on either political side, more or less?


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