I’ve taken to listening to NPR radio in my car, and it’s driving me crazy. Two nonsensical ideas about John McCain are relentlessly presented as fact:
1. That he’s a moderate who now needs to reach out for conservative support.
– In fact, in terms of voting record, he’s about as conservative as John Kerry was liberal: not the most extreme, but solidly on the right. (It also implies that people such as, e.g., Bay Buchanan, are “conservatives,” which is a little bit like calling Angela Davis and Abbie Hoffman “liberals.”)
2. That he’s a “straight talker” who tells audiences what they don’t want to hear. In particular, that he’s stood firm on immigration.
– [No comment.]
Any idea why the NPR news team has swallowed this Kool-Aid? I’m puzzled. After all, they’re not actually stupid. Robert Siegel seems to be the most consistent offender.