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OPINION: The Associated Press Smears George H.W. Bush One Last Time

 Nothing is sacred to ideologues in the mainstream media. Nothing.  Not even the passing of one of the most decent, humble, gracious, and giving presidents and human beings of all time.

With its announcement on Twitter of his passing, the Associated Press worked in a few last partisan digs: “George H. W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died.  He was 94.”

“Patrician.” “Plummeted.” “Throes of a weak economy.” “Led voters to turn him out of office after a single term.”

All of that shade thrown by the AP in a single sentence.

Are you kidding me?

Never mind that none of it is accurate.

After receiving a fair amount of blow back regarding their tone-deaf, ill-timed, and truly classless words, the AP edited itself and tried to make nice, but it was too late.

The Associated Press once again exposed itself as a “news” organization with its thumb firmly on the scale for the Democrat Party and their liberal and socialist agenda.

I don’t pretend that I knew President George H. W. Bush well.  That said, I did have the high honor to do a bit of writing for him during his presidential campaign in 1988 and later in the White House.  We had several nice discussions and then corresponded once he was back in Texas.

George H. W. Bush personified heroism, decency, honor, character, and charity in life and in public service and The Associated Press owes his family an apology for their snarky and inaccurate announcement.

While George H. W. Bush may have been born into comfort, anyone who actually met him knew instantly that he was anything but “patrician” in the pejorative sense the AP intimated. As an alleged news organization, if they actually decided to review the election of 1992, they would learn — as they already know — that President George H. W. Bush lost not because of a “weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term,” but because third-party candidate Ross Perot won 19 percent of the vote, handing the election to Gov. Bill Clinton.

That’s combined with the fact that ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, the entertainment industry and almost all of academia went completely in the tank for candidate Bill Clinton.

Has The Associated Press done that story?

That would take some honest, unbiased legwork and reporting.

Years ago, the Associated Press truly was an honorable, fair, respected, and unbiased news organization.

Today, to paraphrase their insulting blurb, we have this bit of breaking news:

“The Associated Press, a biased, liberal fake news organization populated by rich and entitled employees, whose slanted and false coverage in favor of a progressive and socialist agenda soared with the Democratic Party it was always trying to please, but then plummeted with honest, hard-working, tax-paying Americans once they discovered it was a shameless propaganda operation, has died.  It was 172.”

Long live the memory and amazing legacy of President George H. W. Bush.

Douglas MacKinnon served in the White House as a writer for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.


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