The Syracuse Post Standard spin strikes at Ann Marie Buerkle again

by Datechguy | June 9th, 2012

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The Syracuse Post Standard spin strikes at Ann Marie Buerkle again

Things are heat­ing up in NY-​25 again

Two years ago I had the priv­i­lege of watch­ing Ann Marie Buerkle call BS on the media and the Syra­cuse papers

Both on a story con­cern­ing taxes and rents and then on the polls.

Well we are get­ting toward another elec­tion cycle and the paper insisted Buerkle was down 11 with two weeks to go is at it again with this headline:

‘Medi-​Scare’: Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle shades truths on health care law

What has got­ten their ire? Con­gress­woman Buerkle is fight­ing back again:

U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle con­demned a group hand­ing out a flier mak­ing what she said were false state­ments about her stances on Medicare and other issues.

It’s not fair to seniors,” she told the crowd of about 80 at Cicero Town Hall. “Pol­i­tics are pol­i­tics, but when you hand out stuff like this and you scare seniors, that’s just wrong.”

After the open­ing the arti­cle spends about forty para­graphs try­ing to bend her state­ments into a pretzel.

This is the same Syra­cuse paper that insisted that Buerkle was down 11 with two weeks to go, I pre­sume that the polling crew that came up with those num­bers must have moved to Wis­con­sin to do the exit polls. They claim that Con­gress­woman Buerke’s state­ments on Oba­macare are “mis­lead­ing” but more inter­est­ing is the use of Poli­ti­fact to attack her.

Poli­ti­fact? Wasn’t it just over six months ago that Paul Krug­man called Poli­ti­fact: “use­less and irrel­e­vant” that Steve Benen said Poli­ti­fact: “ought to be ashamed of itself”, that John Cole said: pro­motes the truth as a lie”, that Think Progress said had its “Pants on fire” that Fire­dog lake declared: “Dis­graced itself”.

How is it that the left lean­ing Syra­cuse Post Stan­dard would use as a source the vehi­cle Tommy Christo­pher referred to as: “a site whose cred­i­bil­ity depends on the illu­sion that they’re impar­tial arbiters of truth”?

Sim­ple, those stan­dards only apply when they are attack­ing state­ments by Democ­rats but as I said in Decem­ber Politifact:

should not fear, as the elec­tion gets closer and the left decides they need them they will for­give just as long as they pro­vide fodder

A new elec­tion sea­son is near and Democ­rats are hav­ing a very bad time of it, so any card and weapon that can be played, even one pre­vi­ously dis­carded, will be used again.

Par­tic­u­larly if you have to counter a foe who won’t take such attacks lying down.

Things are heating up in NY-25 again

Two years ago I had the privilege of watching Ann Marie Buerkle call BS on the media and the Syracuse papers

Both on a story concerning taxes and rents and then on the polls.

Well we are getting toward another election cycle and the paper insisted Buerkle was down 11 with two weeks to go is at it again with this headline:

‘Medi-Scare’: Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle shades truths on health care law

What has gotten their ire? Congresswoman Buerkle is fighting back again:

U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle condemned a group handing out a flier making what she said were false statements about her stances on Medicare and other issues.

“It’s not fair to seniors,” she told the crowd of about 80 at Cicero Town Hall. “Politics are politics, but when you hand out stuff like this and you scare seniors, that’s just wrong.”

After the opening the article spends about forty paragraphs trying to bend her statements into a pretzel.

This is the same Syracuse paper that insisted that Buerkle was down 11 with two weeks to go, I presume that the polling crew that came up with those numbers must have moved to Wisconsin to do the exit polls. They claim that Congresswoman Buerke’s statements on Obamacare are “misleading” but more interesting is the use of Politifact to attack her.

Politifact? Wasn’t it just over six months ago that Paul Krugman called Politifact: “useless and irrelevant” that Steve Benen said Politifact: “ought to be ashamed of itself“, that John Cole said: promotes the truth as a lie“, that Think Progress said had its “Pants on fire” that Firedog lake declared: “Disgraced itself“.

How is it that the left leaning Syracuse Post Standard would use as a source the vehicle Tommy Christopher referred to as: “a site whose credibility depends on the illusion that they’re impartial arbiters of truth”?

Simple, those standards only apply when they are attacking statements by Democrats but as I said in December Politifact:

should not fear, as the election gets closer and the left decides they need them they will forgive just as long as they provide fodder

A new election season is near and Democrats are having a very bad time of it, so any card and weapon that can be played, even one previously discarded, will be used again.

Particularly if you have to counter a foe who won’t take such attacks lying down.

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