Liberal newspaper people are so predictable when it comes to internal party fights. If it’s inside the Republican Party, it’s the conservative Republicans who are wrong. If inside the Democratic Party, it’s the conservative Democrats who are wrong.
The Washington Post recently gave us a case study in this slanted worldview. On Dec. 14, they splashed across the front page an article by reporter Michael Leahy on an obscure California Republican assemblyman named Anthony Adams. The charge: He betrayed his no-new-taxes vow and supported a $12 billion tax increase. The Post analysis: Adams was savaged by the “toxic infighting” of nasty conservatives, who moved (unsuccessfully) to recall him from office.
On the front page, Leahy described how the obscure Adams became “a symbol of California Republicans’ chaos and destructive divisions.” An entire page inside the paper was set aside for the sympathetic chronicle of how Adams was subjected to death threats and less frightening hostility from conservatives — including his own mother-in-law. Adams was portrayed as lovable, “bearded and portly,” favoring colorful sweaters to stuffy suits and ties. He was a man for whom conservatism faded as reality made its demands: “the exigencies of government collided with his pledge against more taxes.” You could almost smell the growth.
The Post highlighted in large type the words of moderate Tom Campbell: “I don’t think it’s good for our party to go into a circular firing squad.” The Post never considered the troublesome reality that it was Adams who first opened fire by breaking his word to his constituents and betraying his party.
Read More: by Brent Bozell, Townhall
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