Saturday, December 04, 2004


MSM spinning

The follwing headline and first summary paragraph appear on the AP:

Recount shows Alabama voters support segregation, poll taxes

Fri Dec 3, 7:11 PM ET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A statewide recount showed Alabama narrowly voted to keep language in the state constitution supporting segregation and poll taxes, unofficial totals released Friday indicated.

It's amazing that the true characterization shows up buried deliberately in the later body of the "story":

But the measure also would have removed language that said there is no constitutional right to an education at public expense in Alabama. Opponents said removing it could have led to huge, court-ordered tax hikes for schools.
To print such is so typical of the treatment of the Bush administration and any group which might support them. Fortunately, few people that matter pay that much attention to the MSM any more. Does anyone wonder why?

Gov. Bob Riley said Friday he will ask the legislature in its February session to approve a version of the amendment that would remove only the constitutional language on segregated schools and poll taxes. That is what he originally wanted but the legislature decided to expand his recommendation before presenting it to voters in the Nov. 2 election.
I'm surprised they placed this at the end at all - but they certainly hope that the average reader will not have read this far. This is an example, not of bias, but of intentional misdirection and mischaracteriztion.


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