Saturday, May 21, 2005

Trouble Where There is None

Classic job of making a story out of a non-story by the N&O today. This was Laura Bush's comment on the Newsweek story, "In the United States if there's a terrible report, people don't riot and kill other people. And you can't excuse what they did because of the mistake - you know, you can't blame it all on Newsweek."

That comment is right in line with everything the Bush administration has said. Newsweek made a mistake. Sadly, people with no respect for civil society acted on that mistake, rioted and in some cases killed people. Both the rioters and Newsweek are to blame.

But the N&O runs the headline First lady breaks from party line. I understand the N&O editors, as journalists, are feeling the sting of the Newsweek debacle. I understand they don't want to cover the Pepsico or Newspaper Guild controversies because they bring to light the liberal blame-America-first mentality. But they are going to have to come up with something better than this to distract us.