AP (or Yahoo!) editors seem to have pulled their headline for an article on Dede Scozzfava’s withdrawal from the special election in New York’s 23rd congressional district from a left-wing blog: “Future of GOP and moderate Republicans uncertain,” with “reporter” Valerie Bauman asking in the first paragraph, “Are moderates welcome in today’s Grand Old Party?”
Note what Ms. Bauman leaves out in the list of issues which caused rank-and-file Republicans to turn on the eventual turncoat:
During the campaign [Scozzafava] failed to connect with voters, party officials or, perhaps most important, campaign donors, largely because of her support for abortion rights, same-sex marriage and union rights. That opened the door for Hoffman, who took every opportunity to remind people that Scozzafava was not the kind of Republican they wanted representing their interests in a Democratic-led Congress.
Not once does she mention the “stimulus” and reduces the issue “card check” to “union rights.” Seems like someone is trying to make the Conservative candidate appear a bit troglodytic. Nowhere does this “reporter” provide any evidence of Ms. Scozzafava’s record in the New York General Assembly, treating the ex-candidate like a moderate when she voted like a liberal.
Ms. Bauman’s bias shows either a determination to denigrate the conservative candidate or an ignorance of the resonance of the spending issue. Or both. And either reason should disqualify her from securing a job with a news organization concerned about even-handed political coverage.