by Steve Benen
Every time a major media outlet insists "both
sides" are guilty of trying to "purge" independent-minded members, an angel
loses its wings.
He is exactly right and that need to be said more
The whore media bends over backwards to help
the Republicans with that "both sides" crap.
Bush lied us into a war, crashed the housing market,
turned us into Torture Nation and erased the Constitution.
but Clinton had a girlfriend so BOTH
SIDES are guilty - but it's not the f-ing same.
The latest culprit is the Washington Post editorial
Utah denied Bennett's renomination last week.
Liberals have targeted Blanche Lincoln in
There's quite a few problems here. The most obvious
is the flawed effort to draw a parallel between Bennett and Lincoln.
In the former, Bennett has been a reliably conservative
senator from a reliably conservative state for nearly two decades.
He was purged by the GOP's right-wing base for
only being rigidly dogmatic most of the time.
Lincoln, on the other hand, really has proven
herself to be a disappointment to most Democrats, not because of a handful
of isolated votes, but because of her departures
from party priorities on a wide range of issues, over the course of several
Utah Republicans had no such beef with Bennett...
But it's the bigger picture that The Post gets
especially wrong, with its description of 'the ideological purification
of both parties.'
I realize that major media outlets have an unwritten
rule -- all criticism of Republicans has to include related criticism of
whether it makes sense or not -- but the evidence
to bolster The Post's observation is lacking.
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