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Non sequitur of the day from the New York Times

Utterly sloppy—not to mention scurrilous—reporting in this “News Analysis” in the Times:

Mr. Obama and his detail have been keenly aware of the risks inherent in the job of protecting the first black president and his family. That has been true since Mr. Obama started receiving Secret Service protection in the spring of 2007, nine months before the Democratic primaries began.

The article does not provide any further “analysis” of such racially-motivated threats to the president.  The first sentence is a complete non sequitur, but we can suppose that New York Times reporters are so inured to the narrative of America as an institutionally racist country that they casually refer to “inherent” “risks” without any substantiation.  Even if we grant that the Secret Service felt the need for an abundance of caution, due to the candidate’s race, in spring 2007, we don’t see any evidence on which anyone—except, perhaps, the usual suspects such as the Southern Poverty Law Center—can legitimately assert that President Obama faces more “risks” than any other president by virtue of his race.  Yet the Times article mentions this in passing as if it’s an established fact.

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ABC’s John Berman: Blinded by bias (and/or no sense of humor)

As a political reporter for a mainstream media network, John Berman is presumably a liberal.  His blog post today corroborates our speculation:  he has no sense of humor, and apparently holds a seething bias against Rick Santorum by looking for a gaffe when there wasn’t one.  Or maybe he’s just dense.

In what he characterizes as “Santorum’s Football Fumble,” he reports the following:

Rick Santorum sprinted into Akron, Ohio this week before checking the playbook.  A few miles from the Cleveland Brown’s home turf, Santorum attempted to start a pep rally for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  His revelry call, ‘Is this Steelers country?’ was met with boos from the crowd. One of the first rules of campaigning…know where you are.

Uh, John, he was teasing the crowd, as you can obviously see by his facial expression in the video you link.  Santorum is from Pennsylvania, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, arch-rival to the Browns.  He was making a joke, and a pretty good one at that.

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