I was very surprised to see an AP wire story reporting that Islamic militants (as opposed to mere “militants” or “insurgents”) were holding “Christians” (as opposed to mere “people”) hostage. Even more surprising, the AP reported that the Islamic militants were probably affiliated with Al Qaeda in Iraq, an entity one apparently couldn’t acknowledge during the Bush years.
Just as I was thinking to myself, “Well, that AP worm has certainly turned, with this surprisingly honest report,” I read another wire story about the Chandra Levy murder trial. You remember that story, right? A decade ago, Rep. Gary Condit’s career was destroyed when an affair he had with Levy (which was definitely an unprincipled, immoral thing to do, since he was married), got morphed by the media into an unofficial murder charge. Now, the probable actual murderer is on trial.
This is what the AP says about the defendant: “Ingmar Guandique, a native of El Salvador, is on trial for the murder and attempted sexual assault of Levy nearly a decade ago.”
Now I, not having been born yesterday, verbalized yet another thought to myself: “What are the odds that Guandique is an illegal immigrant?” Turns out the odds are 100%. Somehow, though, the AP just couldn’t bring itself to put that adjective out there.
Let me remind the open borders crowd that one of the virtues of having legal as opposed to illegal immigration, is that it enhances our government’s ability to weed out the killers before they cross our borders.
UPDATE: This Philip Terzian post about the WaPo best seller list seems like an appropriate coda to a post on media bias. I especially like the way Terzian describes the media’s inability to recognize its own bias:
One of the inherent difficulties of defining left-wing bias in the press to journalists is that it is something like describing the ocean to fish: It is so pervasive, and such a comfortable, nurturing environment, that it is hardly noticed.
Yeah — what he said.