Yes, I have an opinion about Senator Joe Lieberman. Got that? Those are my opinions. I'm telling you that, up-front. You can disagree with me, but you can't accuse me of being dishonest.
And so, having said all that, here is how the AP (Associalist Press) depicts last night's vote:
Voters in Connecticut turned him down, rejecting three-term Sen. Joe Lieberman for a political newcomer in the nation's first major test of the depth of anger over the Iraq war.Is that a true statement?
Well, yes -- in the sense that the statements "People believe that the earth is flat," or "Scientists state that the universe is XXX billions of years old," or "Scholars say that the Gospels were written decades after the events by non-eyewitnesses" are true. There are scholars, there are scientists, there are people who state and believe those things. Thus far, all these statements are true.
It is the intended implication of the statements that is untrue.
Not all people, not all scholars, not all scientists hold these conclusions. Some do.
And so, back to the AP. Did "voters" turn Lieberman down? Yes, indeed -- some did. Democrat primary voters in Connecticut did. No one else. And they did in a primary. He is still in the Senate. The final race hasn't even taken place.
And was it, as stated, "the nation's first major test of the depth of anger over the Iraq war"? Hardly. First, no evidence is presented that this was the motivation of this small subset of voters. But even if this opinion-expressed-as-fact were accurate for them, they are a subset of a subset, from a very liberal state.
And this is a classic example of what the MSM does. It is a biased opinion-piece presented as objective reporting. The MSM has an opinion about President Bush, about the war against terror, about our presence in Iraq, and about a host of other issues. That opinion colors their coverage, as they advocate and seek to persuade the public to share their opinions.
There is nothing wrong with seeking to persuade. But there is something wrong with doing it while dishonestly hiding under the pretext of unbiased, objective reporting.
The great motivator behind much political reporting today is Bush Derangement Syndrome. It is sheer hatred. And everything the MSM reports in the arena of politics should be read with that in mind.
He who hates disguises it with his lips,
But he lays up deceit in his heart.