How to Write About Democrats and Republicans for the Mainstream Media
Time Magazine's "People Who Mattered"
in 2005 provides a perfect example.
When writing about Republicans, always note that while they have won in the past, they have done a terrible job and are bound to lose in the future:After winning re-election and claiming a mandate, the President and his No. 2 quickly squandered their political capital. Social Security reform, Iraq, Harriet Miers, Hurricane Katrina, the CIA-leak case, torture—on issue after issue, Bush and Cheney stumbled and saw their popularity drop. Although the team's numbers are improving somewhat, Republicans are facing next fall's midterm congressional elections with trepidation.
When writing about incompetent Democrats, like New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, hint at the incompetence, but find a way to forgive them:Could he have done more to get his people out before Katrina hit? Probably. But once the levees broke, the mayor of New Orleans embodied the pain and frustration of his city, even cursing on the radio as he joined thousands of stranded residents in wondering why their government had failed them.
Praise Republicans only for criticizing other Republicans
.As President Bush tried to find his footing this year, these two Senators often proved to be more influential. McCain badgered Bush into backing his proposal to bar U.S. officials from torturing suspects abroad....
When discussing moonbats like Cindy Sheehan
, undercut opposition to her by mischaracterizing it:Who would have thought that this mother of a soldier killed in Iraq could spoil the President's vacation—and become spiritual leader of the antiwar camp? Keeping vigil outside Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch for nearly a month, Sheehan became a folksy celebrity: a hero to some and a villain to others.
I don't know anybody who considers her a villain. An idiot, yes. Far-Left moonbat, certainly.