President Focuses on Long-Term Strategy
More Brickbats From the Press
By Robert A. Hahn Posted in Liberals — Comments (8) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
In addressing the National Governors Association today, President Bush focused on several long-term strategic issues. On the topic of health care these included changing our tax code to help more people buy private health care insurance, and Bush's Affordable Choices program, which helps states to make private health insurance affordable.
The role of a president in an organization apparently escapes the Associated Press reporter, Robert Tanner, who thought that the President of the United States ought to spend his time on short-term funding issues instead. The President did have Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt address the Governors' concerns on those issues, but the Associated Press nevertheless headlined Tanner's article Bush avoids talk about child health care.
News consumers who are regularly subjected to Associated Press stories will realize immediately that the President did in fact address health care issues. If the AP reports that Bush avoided some narrow aspect of a subject, that means he did address numerous wider issues so the AP had to stretch a bit to fashion a negative headline. Alas, we have all come to expect this sort of partisan distortion from AP reporters and their editors. It's a shame that citizens who need unbiased information in order to sensibly conduct self-government are unable to rely on the nation's largest news gathering organization to provide that. Instead, voters must attempt to divine the truth by applying pro-Republican windage to the pro-Democrat sales pitch that characterizes every news story produced by the Associated Press.