So much for a honeymoon period.
No sooner had the Democrat majority in Congress gained a foothold in our consciousness, than the media powers-that-be decided to cut the Dem's legs out from under them.
How else to explain such stunning headlines as, "Pelosi Faces No-Win Outcome Over Murtha," which accompanied a widely-distributed story by the AP's Andrew Taylor on Wednesday?
In that story. Taylor noted,
"Murtha could prove to be a problematic candidate because of his penchant for trading votes for pork projects and his ties to the Abscam bribery sting in 1980, the only lawmaker involved who wasn't charged."Oh yeah, he wasn't charged. But by the time one gets to that, the sliming is already in. Taylor very clearly makes his point that he views Murtha as a sellout. And a possibly corrupt one, as well.
So, what exactly makes this a no-win?
The Times Chimes In
And what of the New York Times?
In a story headlined, "Many Say Leadership Race Shatters Democrats' Image," Carl Hulse writes:
Downtrodden Republicans were enjoying the spectacle of the split between Representative Nancy Pelosi, the incoming speaker, who is publicly pushing Representative John P. Murtha, her longtime ally, and Democrats rallying behind Mr. Hoyer, who has served in the leadership slot beneath Ms. Pelosi for four years.Interesting...in a contentious fight that featured the formerly-disgraced Trent Lott beating Lamar Alexander by a single vote for the job of minority whip, nobody raised such apocalyptic concerns.
“I can’t believe they are self-destructing before they even get started,” said Representative Ray LaHood, Republican of Illinois. “Everyone on our side is giddy.”
Focusing On A "Snub"
After Nancy Pelosi was chosen as speaker and Hoyer won out over Murtha, the AP chose to frame their story this way:
Democrats embraced Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi as the first woman House speaker in history, then quickly snubbed her, selecting a rival as her lieutenant against her wishes.One would think that they might choose to focus a bit more on the historical fact that the first woman...the first Italian-American...had been selected unanimously to be speaker.
But no, the focus was on the snub.
Anybody want to lay odds on what the GOP talking points this week have been? Or how closely major media outlets have let those talking points rule the way this story has been covered?
Murtha, Hoyer, Pelosi Are All Winners
Make no mistake, all the parties involved have come out ahead.
Rep. Hoyer gets rewarded for helping fund many of his fellow Democrats' campaigns. Nancy Pelosi gets a unified 'seal of approval.' And Rep. Murtha comes out of this okay, as well. He will wind up with real power on the Iraqi front when he gets to chair a subcomittee that controls the Pentagon's purse-strings.
The Real Loser
The real loser in this story, once again, is the media.
The same media that allowed George Bush to invade Iraq unchallenged...that refused to examine Bush's war record while allowing Kerry to get lambasted for his...that has consistently allowed Bush to incorrectly frame his theft of Constitutional rights as a righteous fight in a mythological war on terror...has shown us their hand once again.
What I am wondering is why the media powers-that-be hate the Democrats so much?
Exactly what are they afraid of?