(PS – The Democratic super PAC misses this treatment, when, in later pages they’re listed as “a super PAC organized by wealthy friends to help his [Kerrey's] cause.”)
So in the lede, without any explanation and without any actual evidence, Mr. Rogers has painted the Democrat as the good guy devoid of self-interest, the Republican as the woman looking to gain power, and Messrs. Rove, Koch and Ricketts as three guys who are in coordinated cahoots for evil.
Let’s not even begin to explain how Messrs. Rove, Koch and Ricketts are different individuals with different beliefs and end-goals; let’s not even focus on how unlikely it is that the Ms. Fischer has even met any of them. Because today, we’re focusing on how an allegedly respectable reporter at an allegedly respectable publication filled his first two paragraphs with enough shit to fertilize Nebraska, declined to bother with even cavalier explanations, called it journalism and got it past his editors.
3-4) The reporting
So now that we’ve established what the basic good-guy-bad-guy story Mr. Rogers is selling is, it’s time for some details: Just how bad is this Fischer character, anyways.
And Mr. Rogers has just the thing for the task: Liberal orthodoxy — on 3) taxes and 4) global warming– reported as fact:
But in her climb to the top, Fischer has locked herself into so many rigid positions that the 61-year-old state legislator will find it harder to tackle the boatload of problems waiting in Washington. Amid the worst drought in a generation, Fischer stunned many this summer by denying man’s role in global warming. She’s signed herself over to the anti-tax insiders, making it harder to get any budget in balance. When dozens of fellow state legislators endorsed her Monday, not one was a Democrat.
Now that looks insidious. All of it. But, see, it’s also a bit of Washington jargon, so we’ll break it down with TheDC Translator.
- “Fischer has locked herself into so many rigid positions that the 61-year-old state legislator will find it harder to tackle the boatload of problems waiting in Washington” is liberal for “Fischer doesn’t think that raising taxes during a recession is worth considering, and that Washington’s problem is a spending problem — not a revenue problem. Therefore, Fischer is unfit to fix the problem in Washington, which is not enough taxes.”
- “Amid the worst drought in a generation, Fischer stunned many this summer by denying man’s role in global warming” is liberal for “This is the worst since this generation discovered global warming hysteria. [Though 'worst drought in this generation' implies that there were tougher ones before man-made global warming began]. And Fischer refused to toe the progressive line, accept unproven science and, during a recession, regulate and shut down industry until the drought stopped. This was very stunning to this reporter, who knows then that it must also have ‘stunned many.’”
- “She’s signed herself over to the anti-tax insiders, making it harder to get any budget in balance” is liberal for “While campaigning, she made a pledge to voters that she would not raise taxes, making it way too hard for Democrats to raise taxes during a recession.”
- “When dozens of fellow state legislators endorsed her Monday, not one was a Democrat” is liberal for “Every single member of the Nebraska Democratic Party was too partisan to endorse Fischer, thereby proving that she is too partisan.”