The math

Nov 8, 2006 1:59pm

Boy, lots of the reporting we all in the media were doing in the last few weeks sure seems a lot more accurate than the conservative spin that was out there, huh?

I’m not denying that the media as a whole could stand to consider conservative arguments more (just as it could probably cover minorities more)…

But certain things are just facts. When I went to Ohio a week ago to talk to voters there the Republicans we spoke to were dispirited, and many were considering voting for the Democrats. That was borne out yesterday, but at the time I was hammered for liberal bias.

Or you can look at Karl Rove’s pre-election spat with National Public Radio’s Robert Siegel.

SIEGEL: We’re in the home stretch, though, and many would consider you on the optimistic end of realism about -
ROVE: Not that you would be exhibiting a bias …
SIEGEL: I’m looking at all the same polls that you’re looking at every day.
ROVE: No, you’re not. No, you’re not.
SIEGEL: No, I’m not.
ROVE: No, you’re not. You’re not. I’m looking at 68 polls a week. You may be looking at four or five public polls a week that talk about attitudes nationally but that do not impact the outcome of -
SIEGEL: I’m looking at main races between – certainly Senate races.
ROVE: Well, like the poll today showing that Corker’s ahead in Tennessee, or the poll showing that Allen is pulling away in the Virginia Senate race.
SIEGEL: Leading Webb in Virginia, yeah.
Mr. ROVE: Exactly.
SIEGEL: But you’ve seen the DeWine race and the Santorum race – I don’t want to have you call races.
ROVE: Yeah, I’m looking at all these, Robert, and adding them up, and I add up to a Republican Senate and Republican House. You may end up with a different math, but you’re entitled to your math, I’m entitled to THE math.
SIEGEL: Well, I don’t know if we’re entitled to our different math, but you’re certainly -
ROVE: I said THE math. I said you’re entitled to yours.
Uh-huh.
What, pray tell, is "THE math"?
Or George Stephanopoulos’s assertion after the Foley scandal that Speaker Dennis Hastert would not be leading Republicans after this election — this just in, Hastert has told fellow GOP lawmakers he will not run for minority leader when Democrats take control of the House.
There are legitimate conservative arguments to make about the media. But not every time someone reports something that doesn’t bode well for Republicans is it bias. Sometimes it’s called: reality.

– jt

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