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July 8, 2013 - 12:57 pm

So here’s how the Associated Press wire service leads its story on Gov. Rick Perry’s announcement that he won’t seek another term as governor.

Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history who famously muttered “oops” after forgetting during a 2011 presidential debate the third of three federal departments he’d pledged to close, announced Monday he won’t seek re-election next year to a fourth full term.

Rick Perry has been Texas longest-serving and arguably most successful governor. Under his watch, the Texas economy has boomed while the economies of the other large states have mostly stagnated. Perry has battled Democrats in Texas into oblivion as he has battled President Obama’s national Democrats on major energy and security policy. Perry has ushered in a period of small government and gotten the various other statewide elected officials to operate as a team. Texas has done quite well under his watch.

Instead of leading with any of that, the Associated Press chooses one unfortunate moment to define Rick Perry.

That would be fine if the wire would do the same to anyone else in politics. It could choose any number of Barack Obama’s or Hillary Clinton’s gaffes to define them. It could go with Obama’s bizarre claim to have visited 57 states or to want to “spread the wealth around.” It could go with Hillary Clinton’s false claim that she was named after Sir Edmund Hilary or that she came under sniper fire in Bosnia. It could define Obama by his failing health care law or his repressive IRS or his deadly Fast and Furious scandal. It could define Hillary Clinton with her bizarre claim that all of President Bill Clinton’s troubles were the fault of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” instead of his own tendency to abuse his power and womanize, and her longstanding campaign to cripple Bill’s inevitable “bimbo eruptions.”

Obviously it’s too much to expect that the AP treat any Republican fairly, let alone a conservative Republican from Texas. By accentuating the trivial, AP plays up irrelevance and minimizes politicians’ actual records. That’s no accident, as it tends to help Democrats who have built up records of failure by pursuing leftwing policy, and downplays the successes that Perry and other GOP governors such as Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal have had in pursuing smaller-government policies that actually work. The result we tend to get is media-puffed politicians who look good spouting nonsense and who never stop failing as they climb the political ladder.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"Barack Obama, who claimed, against all mathematical reality, that his health care program would save citizens 3,000%..."

"Barack Obama, who embarrassingly claimed that there were 57 states..."

Man! We could do this all day!
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Is the AP trying to curry favor with the administration that spied on them? Are they now going to claim that the black eye they got from Holder was from running into a door?
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Can you imagine the AP writing something like this:

"Barack Obama, the teleprompter-dependent president who embarrassingly uttered the phrase "corpse-men" three times in one speech, is spending his his final term...."
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AP = Anti-American Propaganda, or Associated Phables, or American Pravda.

Any of those three acronym solutions for AP work and fit beautifully.
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This isn't particularly new. You can trace it back to the Scopes trial - basically everything we "all know" about that trial is the opposite of the truth, thanks to a biased media (and a fictional play people mix up with the real trial).

But it really started hitting when TV caused the closing of countless newspapers; we lost diversity in reporting. By the 60's reporting was so biased that being a Republican was basically criminalized, since you could go to jail for the same thing that a Democrat would not.

The only hope would be to go back to the pre-civil-war days, when newspapers made no pretense of impartiality. Then again, look where that got us.
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For the democrat party, the Left Stream Media is the grift that keeps on giving.
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It's a "force multiplier".
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They're preparing the field of massacre in case Perry decides to run for president again. After all, the narrative can't be about his success as a governor, since that would throw the Dems' (especially Obama and Hillary) failures into the spotlight.
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AP writers have battered wife syndrome; they dont know a better life, nor respect freedom and honor.
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I do not knowingly read AP articles, ever.
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Unfortunately, a lot of them are using the British service Reuters, which is worse.
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we're currently in the throes of the 'why we (you - fill in the blank) can't have a nice....' meme, I kin see that.....XD.........
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Do like Ace and just stop linking them.
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Anyone who is surprised at this contact me quickly...I've got a bridge I have sell.
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Media organizations are influential only to the extent that they are trusted by the public.

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Your point?
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