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Sunday, March 28, 2010
Newsmax Calls Obama's Recess Appointments -- But Not Bush's -- 'Sneaky'
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax continues its tradition of putting biased headlines on non-biased wire articles with a March 27 Associated Press article about President Obama's recess appointments, which carries the Newsmax headline: "Sneaky: Obama Makes 15 Appointments without Senate Approval."

The original AP headline states, "Obama makes 15 recess appointments, scolds GOP."

Newsmax continued the bias in its front-page promotion of the AP article:

By contrast, Newsmax did not use adjectives such as "sneaky" to describe the Bush administration's  use of recess appointment. To the contrary, it was portrayed as necessary to go around obstructionist Democrats:

  • Paul Weyrich wrote in a August 2006 article of the recess appointment of John Bolton as U.N. ambassador, "The president gave him a recess appointment a year ago when the Democrats intended to filibuster."
  • Newsmax published a February 2006 article stating that "Democrats and a few Republicans refused to confirm Bolton to the U.N. post, forcing President Bush to resort to a recess appointment.
  • A July 2006 column by David Limbaugh stated, "Bolton is serving under a recess appointment because Democrats twice filibustered a vote on his confirmation last year, preventing a full Senate vote."
  • An August 2005 article by Stewart Stogel defended Bolton 's recess appointment: "Contrary to complaints of senior Democrats, John Bolton will not only be welcomed by the U.N. and its members, he has a long track record of positive relations with the world body."
  • A November 2007 Newsmax article incorrectly stated that "Bolton served as UN ambassador under a temporary Congressional recess appointment that was to expire on January 1, 2007." Of course, the point of a recess appointment is to go around Congress

At no point did Newsmax call Bolton's appointment "sneaky." Thus, it has no basis to label Obama's recess appointments as such.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:55 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, March 29, 2010 9:02 AM EDT

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