Thursday, March 17, 2005

Bias is a One-Way Street

You may remember the Jeff Gannon/Guckert affair -- he was the guy who repeated a Rush Limbaugh question at a Presidential Press Conference a few weeks ago, and the Blogosphere Left went ballistic and engaged in ad hominim attacks because they didn't like, well, his question.

Will the arbiters of Truth and Justice similarly go after folks who come up with questions like:


Q: Paul Wolfowitz, who was the -- a chief architect of one of the most unpopular wars in our history --

THE PRESIDENT: (Laughter.) That's an interesting start. (Laughter.)

Q: -- is your choice to be the President of the World Bank. What kind of signal does that send to the rest of the world?

Of course not.

Glenn Reynolds (aka Instapundit) digs into who is Eis(z)abeth and stumbles across more, er, objective reporting.

Finally, PowerLine's John Hinderaker (aka Hindrocket) fisks more questions from Tuesday's White House Press Conference.

Although my favorite is the Wolfowitz howler, Hindrocket points out others equally shamelessly biased (and ignorant) and asks the perfectly reasonable question:

If reporters are going to preface questions with a long, hostile preamble, is it too much to expect them to get their facts right?

To which I would add simply, they are not reporters of fact, but journalists of opinion.