The Rocky website just posted an AP article about this faux outrage from the Republicans over Gwen Ifill.
Here’s the headline: “Questions raised about VP debate moderator Ifill’s impartiality”
File this sentence in drawer with other cliches of Washington-speak such as Bush’s statement that ’mistakes were made’ in Iraq.
As we know, Bush was the one who made his own mistakes in Iraq. Similarly, the questions about Ifill weren’t raised in a vacuum. It was Republicans raising them. Newspapers should say so.
It’s a bad habit of the press that they crouch in the passive voice, probably as a token show of ‘objectivity,’ or possibly as a way of chickening out. In the latter case, editors may be afraid of assigning responsibility to somebody in the story, perhaps out of concern that they’ll offend some politically charged hack.
Plus, we know that headline space shouldn’t have been a problem.
“Questions raised about VP debate moderator Ifill’s impartiality”
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“GOP Raises Questions about VP debate moderator’s impartiality”
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“GOP Raises Questions about VP debate moderator Ifill”
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