The Austin (TX) American-Statesman has a liberal bias, as I've shown here before. But this week was something else.
1. ANTI-RICK PERRY BIAS
From yesterday (Wednesday):
Perrycare vs. Obamacare
Letters to the Editor
Published: 5:43 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Re: April 2 commentary "Health care plan is a disaster" by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
(TWENTY ONE LETTERS published, by my count--B.P.)
Editor's note: This sampling represents the large number of letters we received in response to Perry's column. We have yet to receive any letters agreeing with his position.
How petty is this Editor's Note?
Do the editors take this to be a statistical sampling of Austin or of Texas? Did the twenty letters contain crucial information that couldn't have been learned from a mere one or two or three or four? Or was publishing twenty letters meant to bash Rick Perry on the head again and again and again, OVER TWENTY TIMES?
I'd write in tomorrow in support of Rick Perry, but they don't publish anything I write, and it would be too late--the Statesman will have moved on to another bashing.
2. VIRGINIA'S CONFEDERATE HISTORY MONTH
Sunday's newspaper made a big deal of a Republican governor (racist!) of Virginia declaring a Confederate History Month, something many other governors have done. It acknowledges history. That's it.
It didn't involve Texas, but you'd never know it. Heck, Iran could have a fully functioning nuclear weapon and swear genocide upon the Jewish people and it wouldn't get the coverage that the Statesman gave to Virginia this past Sunday.
The reliably Republican bashing cartoonist, Ben Sargent, did his usual Republican-bashing cartoon. (Sorry, I can't find Sunday's cartoon online here.)
The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson's "Ignoring our slaveholding past" had to be published, of course.
"Analysis: 149 years on, Dixie decree stirs debate" from the good folks at the Associated Press had to be published, too.
"Miss. gov says Confederacy flap not worth 'diddly'", also from the good folks at the Associated Press, also had to be published.
You'd never know that Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, fought to free the slaves. The MSM message is clear: Republicans love slavery.
3. OUTRAGEOUSLY BIASED COMMENTARY
Bill Hobby (Democrat), the Texas lieutenant governor from 1973-1991, wrote an outrageously biased opinion that could not be published in any newspaper. But, of course, the Statesman published it:
Hobby: Texas has become a national laughingstock
Bill Hobby, SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR
Published: 12:48 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2010
Texas, once the Lone Star State, first became the Let's Secede State (courtesy of Gov. Rick Perry), and is now the Laughingstock State (thanks to the State Board of Education). Once a two-party state, Texas has become a tea party state.
It gets worse.
Have the folks who want to edit Texas history to suit their lily-white selves ever heard of him? Apparently not.
Even before the Texas history fiasco, some board members had decided that they were better scientists than Charles Darwin. Seems they're not real happy about evolution.
I don't support every change made to Texas textbooks, but I resent the "lily-white selves." If we're all racist homophobes (as Fox News's Red Eye "Gregalogue" humorously adds), the color of our skin doesn't matter. But it's important to know that all Republicans are "liily-white" racist homophobes. Thanks, Bill Hobby! Thanks for publishing that crap, Austin American-Statesman!
Central to the theory of evolution is the mutant gene that causes the species to evolve, for better or worse. And the mutant gene that made the GOP evolve from the party of Eisenhower to the party of Rush Limbaugh and the wackos evolve from Birchers to Birthers is loose in Texas
Rush Limbaugh bashing, from the same newspaper who published libellously false statements against him! The columnist still works for the Statesman, and one of her libels against Limbaugh was never corrected.
"From Birchers to Birthers"! How original! Never mind that conservatives from Red State's Erick Erickson to Glenn Beck have dismissed the birthers. Republicans are stupid!
This was unpublishable stuff.
4. WE PUBLISHED CONSERVATIVE PROPAGANDA! GAG! LET'S GET RID OF IT AT ONCE! (DEMOCRAT ASTROTURF WE KEEP.)
A letter to the editor by Richard Simpson of Round Rock was printed on April 8th, then quickly deleted online and given an Editor's Note both online and in the newspaper:
A letter by Richard Simpson has been removed from this file. It was nearly identical to material posted on various Web sites, including The Washington Post’s on March 9. The letter borrowed heavily from that work. Had we known that, we would not have selected Simpson’s letter for publication.
Conservative propaganda! Gag! Must remove at once!
Red State readers might remember this piece that I wrote in January: Austin American-Statesman, astroturfed twice by Democrats, doesn’t give a damn?
There was an "Elie Light" scandal of duplicate letters-to-the-editor. It was found that the same wording was used by Robert Stephenson in a letter published in the Austin American-Statesman. I found that Stephenson also had a letter published in 2008, and that letter, also, was word-for-word Democrat talking points astroturf.
There was no "Editor's Note" for Robert Stephenson, even though the Statesman editor-in-chief knew (because I told him) that the Statesman had published TWO of Stephenson's astroturfed letters. Why the difference? Because Stephenson is Democrat and Simpson is Republican? It would seem so.
Here's what Simpson wrote:
The Democrat-led Congress passed a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't entirely understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't entirely read it (but manages to exempt itself from it), signed by a Democratic president who smokes and hasn't entirely read it, rammed through an unpopular reconciliation process with unsupportable funding administered by a treasury chief who in the past didn't pay his taxes, enforced by the taxing authority (Internal Revenue Service), all to be overseen by a surgeon general who appears to be overweight and financed by a country that's broke.
A check of "overweight and financed" shows something from Truthdig:
By SaveTheTenth, October 18, 2009 at 3:05 am #
Let me get this straight.
Obama’s health care plan shall be written by a committee whose head says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is overweight and financed by a country that is broke.
Let me get this straight... Obama's health-care plan will be written by a committee who's head says he doesn't understand it, passed by a congress who hasn't read it, and who's members are exempt from it, signed by a president who smokes in secret, funded by a treasury chief who did not pay taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke. What could possibly go wrong?
Congratulations to the Austin American-Statesman for catching this, and for getting cover from the Washington Post--bonus!
1. Rick Parry-bashing.
2. Republican-bashing on Virginia's Confederate History Month.
3. Republican-bashing in an unpublishable opinion.
4. Democrat astroturf OK; Republican astroturf removed immediately.
What a week.
Maybe the paper will listen to you like the Statesman hasn't to me.