Unbiased reporting?

June 12th, 2004 – 11:30 am
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Now that Ronald Reagan’s funeral has occurred, here’s Atrios with some dead on comments about the lax nature of what passed for “news” coverage looking back at the man’s life.

Look, I’m fine with the Peggy Noonan footworshipping. I’m fine with all the “Reagan destroyed the Soviet Union singlehandedly” nonsense. I’m fine with all of these types of things because they’re opinions. Some are silly opinions, and there should be some balance to them, but they are still opinions.

What I’m not fine with is all the factual errors that creep into the coverage by supposedly “unbiased” reporters.

The House and Senate did not both come under Republican rule during Reagan’s time.
The Berlin Wall did not come down when Reagan was in office.
Reagan is not the president who left office with the highest approval rating in modern times.
Reagan was not “the most popular president ever.”
Reagan did not preside over the longest economic expansion in history.
Reagan did not shrink the size of government.
Reagan did preside over what was at the time the “biggest tax cut in history” but it was almost instantly followed up by the “biggest tax increase in history.”
Reagan was not “beloved by all.” He was loved by some, liked by some, and hated by some with good reason.

I suppose though that it was too much to expect factual reporting from a bunch of guys who’ve shown little ability to keep their facts straight through the entire Bush administration.

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    Peggy Noonan footworshiping? Now I need to wash out my brain.

    Thanks, Michael ;)

    Comment made by Paul on June 12, 2004 @ 3:38 pm

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