All the News That’s Fit to …

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slant.

Yes, all the news that’s fit to … slant.

The question has been asked (and derided) as to the existence of a liberal slant/bias in this country’s mainstream media.

Examples help greatly in debating respective views and a comparison of an article with its source can be even more revealing.

Case in point, an article written by Washington Post writer, Jim VandeHei, with the headline, “President Says DeLay Is Not Guilty of Money Laundering.”

President Bush said yesterday he is confident that former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) is innocent of money-laundering charges, as he offered strong support for several top Republicans who have been battered by investigations or by rumors of fading clout inside the White House.

In an interview with Fox News, Bush said he hopes DeLay will be cleared of charges that he illegally steered corporate money into campaigns for the Texas legislature and will reclaim his powerful leadership position in Congress.

“I hope that he will, ’cause I like him, and plus, when he’s over there, we get our votes through the House,” Bush told Fox News’s Brit Hume. DeLay was forced to step down as majority leader after he was indicted in the fundraising case, and he is seeking a quick trial in hopes of returning to power early next year.

Doesn’t it appear in the Washington Post article as if the focal part of the Hume interview was President Bush’s defense of DeLay?

How about the mention of Richard Nixon, just for good measure?

It is highly unusual for a president to express an opinion on a pending legal case. Richard M. Nixon, for instance, was widely criticized for declaring Charles Manson “guilty, directly or indirectly” of murder while Manson’s trial was ongoing.

Take a look then at the transcript of the Hume interview with Bush.

Note, for instance, VandeHei’s decision to leave out a relevant portion of the response relating to Delay and the context of the discussion.

HUME: Turning to politics here, Democrats say that there is a culture of corruption among Republicans in Congress. Now, we’ve had the DeLay indictment, part of which has since been dismissed. You had â€â€? you’ve got this Abramoff investigation going on up there, and whatever the outcome, it isn’t pretty.

And then you have the Duke Cunningham case, with which I know you’re familiar, and we’ve now seen some of the details of that case. They’re quite striking: rugs and goodies of all kinds and large sums of money. What about that allegation, that there’s a culture of corruption on Capitol Hill among Republicans? How do you feel about that?

BUSH: Well, first of all, I feel Duke Cunningham was wrong and should be punished for what he did. And I think anybody who does what he did should be punished, Republican or Democrat. Secondly, I’m â€â€? you know, the Abramoff â€â€? I’m frankly, not all that familiar with a lot that’s going on up there on Capitol Hill. But it seems like to me that he was an equal money dispenser, that he was giving money to people in both political parties. Yes, I mean, it’s really important for all of us in public life to have the highest of ethics. So we can only trust the American people.

HUME: Do you home and expect that Tom DeLay will return to be majority leader?

BUSH: Yes. At least, I don’t know whether I’m expecting it. I hope that he will.

HUME: Why?

BUSH: Well, I like him. When he’s over there, we get our votes through the House. We had a remarkable success of legislative victories. A remarkable string of legislative victories. We’ve cut the taxes and delivered strong economic growth and vitality. We’ve had an energy bill that began to put American on its way to independence.

Compare the Washington Post article against the actual interview …

Weigh in on whether you believe there’s a level of slant in the reporting.

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