Cheat-Seeking Missles

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

BBC Trying To Win One For The Donkey

In the pre-dawn (very pre-dawn) hours this a.m. as I drove to the office listening to BBC on Sirius, my mood was darker than the night.

Justin Webb, BBC's chief DC correspondent, was analyzing that morality thing; you know, how conservatives, particularly Christian conservatives, bring issues like abortion and the promotion of homosexuality into the voting booths with them.

For Webb, this was bad news for the GOP and good news for the Dems. He quoted an evangelical church leader who said something like, "When a social movement is involved in politics, you understand that the parties' positions will change, and because the issues are real and unchanging, your affiliation or satisfaction with a particular party could change."

He added that to a line or two on Christian conservatives' frustration with the Bush Admin's failure to deliver its evangelistic promises, and summed up that this was a collection plate full 'o bad news for the GOP.

Gosh. How did Webb manage to totally avoid to tell his global audience about the Dems? Not a word of the Dems' positions on morality issues or the evangelicals' reaction to the party that stands behind partial birth abortion, no parental notification, stem cell research, homosexual advocacy in classrooms, Christianity out of classrooms.

But it is BBC. A look at its "US mid-term elections" page reveals stories like:
  • Iraq violence 'linked to US vote,' which includes a table of military deaths and complains that no withdrawl timetable has been set.

  • Will economy help Democrats? in which asks the assumption-loaded question: "Now, with terrorism no longer such an advantage for the Republicans and economic growth slowing after two years in which it powered ahead, will the economy help the Democrats?"

  • Fox 'not acting' in campaign ads, complete with a photo of Fox with a particularly contorted expression.
In other words, business as usual at BBC -- as if they were thinking, "Since we couldn't beat them in the 1700s, let's take another shot at them in 2006."

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