AP Making Shit Up Again?

This is classic. The AP runs a piece titled "Bill Clinton: Don't ruin victory with partisanship," provides absolutely no quote from Clinton containing the word "partisanship" yet closes the article with this necessary observation:

His message brought the partisan crowd -- still reveling in the first Democratic presidential victory in Virginia since 1964 -- to its feet.

Yes, it was a partisan crowd, since it was the -- ya know -- Virginia Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson dinner Clinton spoke at. The AP uses the term as a neutral descriptor but in today's environment, aided and abetted by certain prominent elected officials of both parties (aww, see, there's some bipartisanship for ya!) as well as articles such as this one from The AP, "partisan" and "partisanship" have become dirty words.

What did Bill Clinton actually warn against? Looks to me that it was more a warning not to let ideology get in the way of progress.

"We have won the great culture war that has divided America for 40 years," Clinton said at Virginia's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. "But before we celebrate too much, we have to realize that people hired us to lead."

He warned the state's party activists not to become so blinded by ideology that they abandon prudent governance. He also counseled caution among Democrats, particularly as the economic stimulus package heads toward a Senate vote Monday, urging the party to focus more on how to solve the problem rather than asking only how much it costs.

Anything about partisanship in there at all? I'd be curious to see a transcript of Clinton's speech to get a sense of what exactly he did say, but so far it looks like The AP is simply inventing a reason to continue the fascination with "bi-partisan" process stories.

Tags: Bill Clinton, Bipartisanship, partisan (all tags)

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5 Comments

Re: AP Making Shit Up Again?

AP is a branch of the GOP. This became apparent in the last campaign.

by antiHyde 2009-02-08 02:08PM | 0 recs
AP=Absolute Pablum

Mush for the masses....

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-08 02:29PM | 0 recs
Suprised its not by Nedra Peckler n/t

by optimusprime 2009-02-08 04:12PM | 0 recs
Re: AP Making Shit Up Again?

AP is not the problem. Bill Clinton is not the problem.

Guess what?  REPUBLICANS are the problem! They're fucking partisan! (Pardon my language, but I'm  tired of outreach.)

When Sam Seder was at Air America, he used to do a weekly spot with Markos Moulitsas focusing on "Fighting Dems". The Seder and Kos of 2002 would be disgusted at the netroots today.

Obama PROMISED the media he'd be bipartisan! That was the only thing he DID promise.

What else can we expect now?

by Upstate Dem 2009-02-08 05:40PM | 0 recs
yes, this bipartisansh** is taking a life of its

own, If I had money I would have created a secuirty to bet against it.

by ann0nymous 2009-02-09 02:21AM | 0 recs

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