Need a little more evidence of media bias?
The AP reported that when President Bush told a crowd of supporters that Clinton was going in for heart surgery, and wished him well, the crowd booed. The AP said that Bush did nothing to stop the boos. A damning story, except for the tiny little fact that it was entirely made up.
Here is what the AP reported:
''He's is in our thoughts and prayers,'' Bush said at a campaign rally.
Bush's audience of thousands in West Allis, Wis., booed. Bush did nothing to stop them.
That last is from the Boston Globe online reporting the AP story, because the AP story itself has been changed to omit the boos (The Boston Globe story might change too, but there is a screenshot available).
The AP changed the story, of course, because there wasn't any booing. Here is an audio clip, after Bush makes the announcement and wishes Clinton well there are cheers, not boos. I saw a clip on TV, and--once again--it was clear that both Bush and the crowd behaved in an entirely proper fashion.
I wondered how something so damning could have been written and published without a nickel's worth of truth behind it, until I wandered by the liberal blogger Atrio's site. He reported the AP story, and there were hundreds of comments from his loyal fans. If you want to see what we are up against, check out the comments. There was nothing but glee at the Republican perfidy being exposed, and not the slightest doubt that we were all guilty.
Its sort of like that psychology experiment, where they flash cards with red spades and black hearts. People see the red cards as diamonds, and the black cards as clubs, because it's what they expect to see.
Update - for now, at least, CBS is going with the booing story too.