Monday, January 29, 2007

Where are the liberal labels?

What's more difficult than finding a SuperBowl ticket? Finding a "liberal" label in the media attached to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or any other Democrat running for president.

I was briefly listening to the radio Sunday and there was a short ABC news item on Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee running for president. Don't have a transcript, but within a couple of sentences, he was described as a "conservative" Republican who is opposed to abortion and gay rights, as if those positions form the centerpiece of his exploratory candidacy so far.

Just seconds later, a similar mention of potential Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. No mention of his liberalism.

Here's a new AP story out on Huckabee.

WASHINGTON -- Conservative Republican Mike Huckabee, seeking to repeat the success of another former governor from Hope, Ark., said Sunday he is taking the first step in what he acknowledged is an underdog bid for the White House in 2008.
Didn't take long for the label, eh?

And a few paragraphs later, the inevitable appearance of the "staunch" word.

Huckabee is a staunch opponent of abortion rights and gay marriage...
Doesn't AP or ABC have any standards for applying balance to the labeling of Democrats and Republicans? Go wading through the mountain of Obama and Hillary stories recently in the MSM and try to find a story that starts out, "Liberal Barack Obama...."

A better use of your time would be to find that SuperBowl ticket.

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