Thursday, August 08, 2002

I laugh when I hear people talk about the "liberal media bias". I am sure for every example of liberal bias described by Ann Coulter, I could come up with a counter example. For instance, take a look at this example of trash journalism at Sure, Al and Tipper Gore are public figures and things they do might be considered newsworthy. But can anyone read the first 3 paragraphs of this article and see it as anything but an attack on the Gores? The unidentified "sources" are used to portray the situation in the most negative light. No fact checking seems to have occurred. No one asked Tipper or someone on her staff to comment, on the record. Let's re-write this story to reflect what might have happened:
Tickets to Bruce Springsteen's tour are pretty hot stuff and they're hard to get, even if you're famous. Take, for example, former Vice President Al Gore and his lovely wife, Tipper. Sources close to them and to Springsteen tell me Tipper tried to get a block of the complimentary tickets traditionally offered to the celebrities and other well known luminaries. The problem was she needed tickets for the entire Gore staff. When that didn't work, and she was told even paid admission would be hard to come by, the ex-second lady persisted. After being told that they could only get four of the $75 tickets, they declined, and instead treated their staff to a pizza dinner and the new Austin Powers movie.

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