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Michael van der Galien

Wall Street Journal Distorts McCain’s Remarks on Palin

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Posted on December 6 2009 7:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Via Conservatives4Palin comes this article at the Wall Street Journal (of all places), about Arizona Senator (and the GOP’s presidential nominee last year) John McCain‘s appearance on MSNBC‘s “Meet the Press” earlier today. The article is yet another prime example of how the media purposefully distort comments made by conservatives, to manufacture controversies meant to weaken the entire conservative movement.

The WSJ’s Stephen Power writes that McCain first praised his former running mate Sarah Palin, after which he proceeded to insult her by calling her “irrelevant”:

Arizona Sen. John McCain came to the defense of his former GOP running mate Sarah Palin on Sunday. But in doing so, he used an adjective that some might not consider such a compliment.

[…]

“I am entertained every time I see these people attack her and attack her and attack her. She’s irrelevant, but they continue to attack her. I am so proud of her and the work that she is doing,” McCain said.

Irrelevant?

Now, if Power’s summary of the interview was correct, this would undoubtedly be a major controversy. After all, it’s not often that a presidential nominee says that his former number two is of no importance whatsoever.

However, that’s not what happened. As anyone who actually watched “Meet the Press” can testify, McCain was ironic when he called Palin “irrelevant.” Blogger Doug Brady words it rather well when he writes that McCain was clearly joking “about the irony in the fact that the media and liberals say she is irrelevant while at the same time doing everything in their diminishing power to stop her.”

Watch the exchange between “Meet the Press” host David Gregory and Senator McCain:

What’s most shocking about Power’s article is not the distortion itself, but his apparent believe that he will get away with it. Sadly, he’s probably right: when was the last time you saw a major news outlet issue a correction after one of its reporters wrote a dishonest article attacking non-leftists?

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