Wednesday, November 29, 2006

There are biases and then there are biases

Here's what's funny to me: In this month alone, we've had two incidents which, when considered together, prove that Republicans will yell "liberal bias" without the slightest basis in fact and that, yep, those who claim most loudly to be fair and balanced are, um, not.

The first incident was when Karl Rove accused Robert Siegel of NPR--a favorite conservative target--of being biased because he asked about the Democratic wave the polls were predicting.
After midterm election interviewer Robert Siegel stated that "many might consider you on the optimistic end of realism" regarding Republican hopes to retain both Houses in November, Rove suggested that the NPR host was biased.

"Not that you would be exhibiting a bias or anything like that," Rove said. "You're just making a comment."

"I'm looking at all the same polls that you're looking at every day," Seigel responded

"No you're not!" Rove exclaimed.

Rove said that he was reviewing 68 polls a week, and that "unlike the general public, I'm allowed to see the polls on the individual races," as opposed to public polls reported in the media.

"You may be looking at four or five public polls a week that talk about attitudes nationally, but that do not impact the outcome," Rove said.

Rove claimed that the polls "add up to a Republican Senate and a Republican House."
The polls were saying exactly what Siegel said they were saying and Karl Rove, after accusing NPR of bias, was proven wrong.

The second incident occurred on Sunday, when Barney Frank suggested that Fox News had a conservative bias. The Fox News response? To claim there was a "Democrat [sic] Plan To Diminish FOX News"!

By using Democrat instead of Democratic--a simple-minded Republican slur against the party--Fox News proved that, yes, they certainly do side with Republicans.

And the most infantile members of the Republican crowd at that.

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