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May 15, 2007

"I Meant To Do That:" Very Professional, Highly-Trained Media Reporterette Quotes Parody-Site WhiteHouse.org For Evidence of Falwell's Influence In Bush Adminstration

"The de facto director for domestic and global policy," the newstwit burbles.

Later she comes on to make it clear she was not quoting the actual White House site, pretending she knew that from the get-go, but was just quoting a rather stupid cybersquating dope-site for some sort of "context."


What does this prove? It proves the liberal MSM is prepared to believe -- without any sketpicism whatsoever -- the most over-the-top charges leveled at Republicans.

Neither the newsbint reporting this exclusive, nor the idiot producer who handed it to her, had any sketpicism whatsoever that the White House would claim, basically, that Jerry Falwell was the government's unofficial Minister Without Portfolio directing all domestic and foreign policy. It just seemed to confirm everything they'd already believed, so they were wholly credulous. (Matthews, it should be noted, expresses skepticism about this rather, um, surprising confession from the White House.)

But they're perfectly capable of putting their biases aside to report the news fairly and accurate, right?

I think they call this "confirmation bias." Anything that casts liberals in a bad light is checked and re-checked and verified and re-verified before ultimately being spiked anyway -- liberals simply aren't willing to believe, or report, bad news about fellow liberals, so the amount of confirmation needed before such a story can run is nearly insurrmountable.

On the other hand, liberals believe a whole raft of unhinged nonsense about conservatives, so absurdly ham-handed parodies like this get reported as straight news by the MSM -- hey, it sure does seem to fit with the known facts, so it's "auto-confirming." A second source is hardly needed when one source so perfectly validates everything liberals know is true already.

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