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Friday, April 6, 2012
CNS Can't Stop Putting Words In Obama's Mouth

In an April 3 article, Fred Lucas writes:

President Barack Obama told a gathering of newspaper editors on Tuesday that journalists were being too balanced in reporting on his conflict with Republicans over the federal budget.

No, he didn't. Here's what Lucas quotes Obama as saying:

“I guess another way of thinking about this--and this bears on your reporting--I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing that they are equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle, equivalence is presented, which reinforces people’s cynicism about Washington in general,” Obama said. “This is not a situation where there is equivalence.”

Obama is not talking about "balance," he's talking about false equivalence, a completely different concept.

CNS has a disturbing habit of dishonestly putting words in Obama's mouth.

Elizabeth Harrington lays a similar word-stuffing an April 5 CNS article that "Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman said Thursday that paying taxes is a pathway taxes to citizenship for illegal aliens." Despite using the term "illegal aliens" several times in her article, Harrington offers no evidence that Shulman himself ever used the term.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:20 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, April 6, 2012 10:51 AM EDT

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