Monday, October 03, 2005

Bias ... what bias?

Reuters doesn't usually let the Associated Press beat it to the punch when it comes to bias. Today's coverage of Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court is the exception to the rule:

AP: High Court Nominee Has Never Been a Judge
WASHINGTON - President Bush nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court on Monday, turning to a lawyer who has never been a judge to replace Sandra Day O'Connor and help reshape the nation's judiciary.

Never been a judge. That's true. But did she ever play for the Steelers?

The only bench Justice Byron White sat on prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court was next to a sideline.


But he was appointed by a Democrat, so that was okay.

UPDATE: The inimitable Fausta at Bad Hair Blog has coined a term for the disconnect from reality exhibited by the Associated Press from time to time: APDD, or Associated Press Deficit Disorder. The AP reporter attending Condoleezza Rice's recent speech at Princeton was apparently suffering from a severe case of APDD. The outcome can be tragic when this syndrome goes untreated. Check out Dr. Fausta's diagnosis.


Blogger Fausta said...

I refer to the AP's reporting as Associated Press Deficit Disorder, APDD: (ae-pea-dee-dee, not to be confused with any of Sean Comb's nicknames, P-Diddy, etc.):
the innatention of Associated Press and other news agencies to the actual words said by a person who doesn't fit what AP wants to hear.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Travis Taylor said...

Let's not forget that Rehnquist never served as a judge beforehand, either. It's not as if this is that unprecedented.

9:36 AM  

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