This morning, as I sipped my coffee and checked the news, I learned from a headline on Yahoo!’s homepage that the least popular freshman Senator \ relishes policy role in new position. In Henry C. Jackson’s fawning profile of former funny man Franken, we hear nary a word of criticism about the Democrat. Yet, it seems in every profile of Republicans, even on the speech by Tim Pawlenty, Governor of the state Franken represents in the Senate to the Republican National Committee meeting in San Diego, there is the required concluding criticism by a Democratic hack.
When, they write about Republicans, the AP always finds a Democrat to criticize the GOP. When they write about Franken, they quote the Democrat praising himself.
And then, “reporter” Jackson mentions what Franken “spokeswoman Jess McIntosh described as ‘a lively discussion’ with T. Boone Pickens.” Yep, the AP relies on a Franken spokesman for coverage of this exchange. Here’s what really happened:
Franken managed to make time for the lunch [with Pickens]— but then let Pickens have it afterward.
According to a source, the wealthy oil and gas magnate and author of “The First Billion Is the Hardest” stepped up to introduce himself to Franken in a room just off the Senate Floor after the lunch ended
Franken, who was seated talking to someone else, did not stand when Pickens said hello. Instead, Franken began to berate him about the billionaire’s financing of the Swift Boat ads in 2004.
According to a source, the confrontation grew heated
Looks like Al Franken picked a fight. Doesn’t fit the image the AP wishes to convey of the Democrat as a thoughtful senator with a gift for policy. So they limit their coverage to a description provided by the Democat’s spokesman. Kind of sounds like the way he media treatment Obama in the campaign, focusing on his promises of a new kind of postpartisan politics and ignoring his actual record.
While the AP may wish to portray Franken as a smart policy wonk, this recent exchange shows him to be, in John Hinderaker’s words, “temperamentally unsuited to high office. A bitter, angry man, Franken has a long history of confrontations and fisticuffs.”
But, don’t expect the AP to report those facts about this mean-spirited Democrat. You know, he is a Democrat after all.