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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Bush Has Gas

More from the "liberal media" file. This story is all about how much gas Bush consumes. The very nature of this story is liberally biased. First off, it has absolutely no newsworthy value, and secondly it only talks about how the evvvill kkkapitalist Bushitlerhalliburton uses more gas than the rest of us and implies some kind of fault on his part.

Almost every vehicle Bush uses is custom-made to add security and communications capabilities, and the heavier weight of these guzzlers further drives up gas and jet fuel costs.

The White House declines to discuss travel costs related to the presidential entourage, and did not respond to a request for the overall effect of higher fuel prices on its budget.

It is not Bush's choice to be ferried around in a less than fuel- efficient manner. Those arrangements are dictated by tradition and the Secret Service, whose mission is to protect him.

But Bush is one of the nation's most-traveled presidents.

It's not his choice to travel in gas-guzzlers, but it's TRADITION and the secret service?! Traditions are things that usually don't have much practical meaning but people do them anyway because that's how they've always done it. The reason they put armor plating and heavy communications equipment in Bush's vehicles is to ensure that the head of the country is not cut off from the body. I guess if they want to call it the tradition of not wanting another Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, or Kennedy then sure; call it tradition.

This is hard-hitting news:

The president's limos alone consume lots of gas.

Wow. Not only is this a subjective statement (which aren't supposed to be made in news reporting), but it's further contributing to the image of Bush being some evil oil user. Not to worry though! This "reporter" has a solution:

Reducing his appearances outside the White House and making other gestures toward fuel conservation could help cut down on costs.

But some suggest that could do more harm for national morale and Bush's image than good for the financial bottom line.

Remember Jimmy Carter donning a sweater and asking Americans facing an energy crisis to turn down their thermostats? Or giving the speech about the nation's "crisis of confidence" that led to his permanent association with "malaise?" Carter's critics turned both utterances into emblems that contributed to his political undoing.

Finally, the punchline: "Bush shouldn't use so much gas, but it's unlikely he'll cut back because of political reasons." She goes on to say how Carter's plea to reduce energy consumption in the 70's contributed to his downfall. There she's merely criticizing the rest of the nation, basically, by saying that if a president advocates energy conservation, he'll commit political suicide.

This has got to be the most blatant example of liberal media bias I've ever seen. Everything about this story, from the subject matter to the subtle insertion of opinion and subjective statements, reeks of liberalism.