Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Greg Sargant at The Horse's Mouth has a great new feature called Follow The Bouncing Bush.

The idea is simply this: To highlight the most absurd examples in the media of reporters or commentators straining to find whatever scraps of evidence they can find that President Bush is on the rebound.

Highlighted examples will be rated on a scale of one to five: the least offensive examples will be awarded "one" Bouncing Bush; while the most ridiculous and comical examples will earn the dubious award of "five" Bouncing Bushes. The feature will be posted when circumstances warrant, and will continue as long as the media plays this ridiculous game. And even if Bush does in fact enjoy a rebound at some point, the hunt will continue for media efforts to distort, inflate or exaggerate it. Readers' nominations, of course, are always welcome.

Today's winner is: The AFP wire service, for this headline and lede:
Democrats in disarray as Bush basks in glow of Iraq trip

U.S. President George W. Bush's triumphant return from his unannounced visit in Iraq found opposition Democrats more divided than ever on U.S. policy in the wartorn country, and how best to capitalize on administration missteps the Republicans basked in the afterglow of the president's dramatic lightning visit Tuesday to meet with Iraq's new Prime Minister Nuri Maliki -- an event likely to figure prominently in a daylong debate Thursday in the House of Representatives on Iraq and the US "war on terror." (Emphasis added.)

Guess what the evidence of this allegedly unprecedented Democratic disarray was? The fact that John Kerry and Hillary Clinton have different positions on Iraq -- the very same positions they've held for months! And that's it. Nor is there a mention of the appalling violence that took place after Zarqawi's death, which one might think would make Bush feel a bit less "triumphant" about Iraq.

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