The A.P. Rocks On With the Anti-GOP Bias and Omissions

First we see their selective editing of quotes from last night's debate. Regarding John McCain's plan for the economic crisis, they "quote" McCain as saying, "It's my proposal. It's not Sen. Obama's proposal." The AP goes on to note

Obama charged that the current crisis was the "final verdict on the failed economic policies of the last eight years" that President Bush pursued and were "supported by Sen. McCain." He contended that Bush, McCain and others had favored deregulation of the financial industry, predicting that would "let markets run wild and prosperity would rain down on all of us. It didn't happen."

But McCain's full quote -- which the AP edits above -- reads as follows: "It's my proposal. It's not Sen. Obama's proposal, it's not President Bush's proposal." Why would the AP leave this quite important nugget out of McCain's full quote? Wait, I have an idea: Because the full quote directly contradicts Obama's rebuttal. Next, the AP neglects "a certain bit of information" in this story:

A federal grand jury in Tennessee has indicted a man in connection with the hacking of the e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Federal officials say that 20-year-old David Kernell of Knoxville, Tenn., was indicted by a federal grand jury in Knoxville for intentionally accessing without authorization the e-mail account of Palin, Alaska's governor. Kernell has turned himself in to authorities and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday before a magistrate. Kernell faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a three-year term of supervised release.

What "certain information" has been omitted by the AP? Well, just that Kernell is the son of Democratic Tennessee State Rep. Mike Kernell. Back on Sept. 18 the Democratic representative pretty much admitted that his son was in hot water; now it's official. But if the person of interest is a politician's relative of a "certain party," the AP doesn't find that worthy of your knowledge -- even if it involves the illegal snooping into the private communications of the opposing party's vice-presidential candidate!

(h/t in part to the Copious Dissent blog.)

(Cross-posted at The Colossus of Rhodey.)

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