This one is so blatant that it has to be deliberate. Here’s how the article starts:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a “task that is from God.”
This is false. You know, it says something when Huffington Post gets it right but AP and its reporter, Glen Johnson, gets it so, so wrong. Mr. Johnson from Associated Press continues:
“Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God,” she said. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God’s plan.”
Glen Johnson from AP basically said that Palin proclaimed that our troops were on a mission from God, just like Jake and Elwood Blues and their particular mission. AP writer Glen Johnson is putting forth a lie. Why do I say this? Because the son-of-a-bitch didn’t even have the courtesy of quoting her entire sentence, and by not doing so, he completely changed the meaning of what she said. What did Sarah Palin actually say? The bolded portion is what AP’s Glen Johnson left out:
“Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God,” she exhorted the congregants. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”
Sarah Palin was actually saying that we should pray that we’re doing what’s right, not that we’re sending “troops to fight in the Iraq war on a ‘task that is from God’.” Or to put it Ed Morrissey’s way:
…she’s not asserting that we’re doing God’s will but simply praying that we are. It’s the difference between me saying “McCain will win” and “I pray McCain will win.” The first is an assertion of fact/secret knowledge, the second is an expression of desire/hope. The AP actually stoops to picking up the quote mid-sentence to make it better fit the stereotype of the holy-roller yokel claiming divine inspiration for Bush’s Crusade.
In other words, Glen Johnson from Associated Press is trying to portray Sarah Palin as some wild-eyed, white-trash religious nut. The one-sidedness is further exacerbated because Glen Johnson (from AP) quoted a fella from Americans United for Separation of Church and State but didn’t even bother to quote anyone from the McCain campaign or any Palin supporters. By the way, did I mention that Glen Johnson is the AP reporter who wrote this? Oops, I guess I did.