For my main area of interest, politics, the biggest and most insidious spreaders of manure in the name of balance is the Main Stream Media.
Whether you call them lapdogs, Pre$$titutes, or mediawhores, the Gang of 500 excell at stenogrphy and are absolutly clueless when it comes to jounalism. In the words of the master comedian Steven Colbert:
Over the last five years you people were so good -- over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out. Those were good times, as far as we knew.
But, listen, let's review the rules. Here's how it works: the president makes decisions. He's the Decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know - fiction!
Which brings me to an article by Johnny the Wise in yesterdays Washington Post concerning Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the trouble with her "aggressive management style". Reading the article twice, you would be hard press to figure what the hell Weismen is talking about.
What should immediately set off your BS detector is phrases like "Powerful committee chairmen" and "many Democrats complain". Who are these Democrats who are complaining? We don't know. Johnny the Wise only mentioned one name, Rep Marcy Kaptur, who praised the Speaker for guiding through so many popular legislative items so quickly.
Seems like Weisman has a history of shilling for the Bush administration. Surprising.