New York Times Writers Rush to Obama's Defense Like It's Their Job
New York Times reporter Erik Eckholm (pictured), whose previous reporting betrays no conservative sympathies, listened to former presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday afternoon and winced at her attacks on President Obama. Thursday‚Äôs post for the paper‚Äôs ‚ÄúCaucus‚ÄĚ blog, ‚ÄúBachmann Assails Obama Before Conservatives.‚ÄĚ
...on the campaign trail, Mitt Romney often says President Obama has made speeches ‚Äúapologizing for America,‚ÄĚ....perhaps the next time Mr. Romney says the president has a habit of apologizing for his country, the reporter should insert a paragraph saying, more or less:
‚ÄúThe president has never used the word ‚Äėapologize‚Äô in a speech about U.S. policy or history. Any assertion that he has apologized for U.S. actions rests on a misleading interpretation of the president‚Äôs words.‚ÄĚ
News flash: One can apologize without actually using the word ‚Äúapologize.‚ÄĚ (Example: ‚ÄúI am sorry.‚ÄĚ) More important, of all the ‚Äúfacts‚ÄĚ Brisbane could have used as an example, isn‚Äôt that one (whether or not Obama has ever "apologized for America") particularly amorphous and open to partisan interpretation?
Eckholm trod similar defensive ground in his post, rushing to Obama's defense like it was his job:
Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who dropped out of the presidential race last month, was known as a candidate of the Tea Party and religious conservatives. But speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, she spent her time excoriating President Obama‚Äôs foreign policy.
‚ÄúBefore President Obama was elected, no one had ever heard of a United States president saying to the world that the United States is not a Judeo-Christian nation.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúBefore Obama was elected, no one had ever heard a United States president say to the world that we are anything but an exceptional nation.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúAnd before President Obama was elected, we never had a president go around apologizing to the world,‚ÄĚ she said.
Mrs. Bachmann was taking several liberties with the facts in her remarks about Mr. Obama. He has not apologized to the world, for instance. And on whether or not the United States is a Judeo-Christian nation, the president actually said: ‚ÄúAnd we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.‚ÄĚ