Today’s shining beacon of Journalistic intuit: Glen Beck

Ah, Glen Beck.  How do I love thee?  Oh, let me count the ways.  CNN is running a bunch of tripe piece about how Palin has been unfairly targeted by the media over these past few weeks.  The best quote:

There has been some hard-core journalistic malpractice on this one. The Associated Press ran this headline about a speech she gave at her church: “Palin: Iraq war ‘a task that is from God'”

In the story, they omit the first part of the sentence they’re quoting along with the entire previous sentence for good measure.

Here are her actual words: “Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

Palin is clearly praying that we’re doing the right thing in Iraq, something sensible for an introspective woman of faith concerned about the lives of our troops to do. She’s not saying that she just received a text message from heaven’s BlackBerry ordering her to launch missiles. Sorry to disappoint you.

And for those of you who think politicians asking God for guidance is offensive, might I remind you of this famous politician’s prayer:

“Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will.” –Barack Obama

So, lets take a look at this here.  First of all, Glen, she’s not just praying for happy circumstances to befall our troops in Iraq.  By invoking Bush’s decision to invade in the same sentence as the “will of God”, you have to think that we are lipstick-bedecked pigs (and stupid to boot) to believe that she is not invoking God to try and justify the war in Iraq.

Second of all, comparing a quote of hers made in front of a bunch of sunday school kids who are probably shipping off to Iraq to take part in God’s plan anyway to a quote of Barack Obama’s that was actually meant to be private and never seen, well, that’s lower than the lowest the AP would stoop.  Oh well, leave it to CNN to sacrifice journalistic integrity in order for “balance.”  Like Krugman so astutely put it today: in order to be seen as “fair”, the mainstream media has allowed the Republicans to peddle outright lies, yet rebut them only with “statements from the Democrats”.  Bollocks to that.

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One response to “Today’s shining beacon of Journalistic intuit: Glen Beck

  1. I’m guessing you’re American right? Nice to see the term Bollocks being used by our Transatlantic cousins!

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