Headline of the day
posted at 3:33 pm on August 22, 2007 by Allahpundit
Lifted wholesale from Ace, who seems to think the sacred magic of the newsroom should render it immune to partisan hackery. Not so; in fact, the holy man responsible for that description specifically allowed for bias so long as it’s in service to the, ahem, “facts”:
It’s not about “balance,” which is a false construct. It isn’t even about “objectivity,” which is a laudable but probably unattainable goal. It is about independent thinking and sound, facts-based journalism — the difference between what we do and the myopic screed that is passed off as “advocacy” journalism these days.
Sound, facts-based journalism:
Not only is it misleading on the merits — Bush said Iraq will be like Vietnam if we pull out, not that it already is — but it brings in the second story about casualties to reinforce the false analogy. Although, in fairness, they’re not trying to mislead; they’re simply making a cutesy-poo hack partisan comment by playing games with the headline to reflect their own view. Like the man says, “it isn’t even about ‘objectivity.'” Scare quotes his.
I was going to link the Newsbusters punchline to this but I’ve stolen enough from Ace that I’ll make you get it from him instead.
Update: Here’s how I’d write the reverse: DEMOCRATS SEE NO COMPARISON BETWEEN IRAQ AND VIETNAM.