Saturday, February 23, 2008

Reading between the lines

No one is unbiased, not even journalists, and the beginning paragraph in this ABC News report on the "Protect America Act" illustrates that well:

President Bush today issued a stark warning to Congress: Renew the so-called "Protect America Act," which allowed the government to eavesdrop on certain phone calls and e-mails without a court order, or aid the terrorists.

Why on earth would it be necessary to describe something that is in quotations as "so-called?" The only explanation is that the writer couldn't write a news article about President Bush without letting the world know that he didn't like him.

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