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Friday, September 02, 2005

Leftist Reporting: Thy Name is AP

So I was reading another story about how other countries are helping out during this disaster and (of course) came across a liberal slant in the reporting.

The United States historically has aided victims of disasters, but it is not universally recognized as providing the level of aid expected of a rich nation.

In July, President Bush resisted British Prime Minister Tony Blair's ambitious goals for assisting Africa, though Bush took steps to double U.S. aid to more than $8.6 billion by 2010.

The United States, which has the world's largest economy, lags behind other rich nations in the percentage of its giving to nations in Africa, the world's poorest continent.

This was tactfully (by tactfully, I mean "not tactfully") inserted into a story about how the U.S. has been offered foreign aid. This has absolutely no bearing on the subject of the article and is merely the author's (editor's?) way of inserting their opinion into a news piece. Notice that it merely pays lip service to America being the most charitable nation, but that its percentage of giving isn't high enough. This is a leftist talking point that came out after the tsunami disaster in India and here we're finding it in a news story. What a surprise.