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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
8-Equals-93: The Zombie Meme
Topic: NewsBusters

In a March 27 NewsBusters post, Ken Shepherd gives the ol' college try to resusitating a dead Republican talking point: that the Bush administration's firing of eight U.S. attorneys is the same thing as President Clinton dismissing all 93 U.S. attorneys at the start of his administration -- something Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush also did.

After noting that Time's Karen Tumulty stated that the U.S. attorney story deserved "a massive commitment of journalistic resources," Shepard added:

In 1993, Time magazine didn't show the same interest in blowing up the Clinton/Reno firings into a story the public would care about.

MRC/NB's Tim Graham did some digging in Time magazine's coverage as archived by Nexis and found anything but "massive" coverage from Time. In fact, the magazine practically surpressed yawns over possible political calculations behind the firings:

Of course, as we've detailed, the 8-equals-93 analogy is highly flawed.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:48 PM EDT

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