Thursday, 26 April 2007
by Larry C Johnson
Just logged on to get some details on the Senate vote to approve funds for our troops in Iraq while setting a deadline to require the start of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. And what is the media focused on? The "narrow" victory of 56-41 and the fact that Joe Lieberman voted with the Republicans. Take a gander at the AP and NY Times versions:
Ann Flaherty reports that The 51-46 vote was largely along party lines, and like House passage of the same bill a day earlier, fell far short of the two-thirds margin needed to overturn the president's threatened veto. Nevertheless, the legislation is the first binding challenge on the war that Democrats have managed to send to Bush since they reclaimed control of both houses of Congress in January.
NY Times reporters, Hulse and Zeleny, write--The 51-46 vote, far short of the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override Mr. Bush’s veto, came after a morning-long debate in which supporters of the bill called it a way to make the Iraqis take responsibility for their own security, while opponents called it a blueprint for defeat.
Why do they ignore the important story?
Two Republicans--Chuck Hagel and Gordon Smith--voted with the Democrats. And John McCain and Lindsey Graham were AWOL. There's the key story.
The Senate is within striking distance of overriding a Bush veto. Yet the mainstream media insists there is virtually no chance.
That is why I think they are generally completely full of shit.