Thursday, March 29, 2012

Yahoo! News: Tilt Left Much?

Saw this in a number of places around the web this morning:

Obama budget defeated 414-0

President Obama's budget was defeated 414-0 in the House late Wednesdayr...."It’s not a charade. It’s not a gimmick — unless what the president sent us is the same," said Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a freshman Republican from South Carolina who sponsored Mr. Obama's proposal for purposes of the debate. "I would encourage the Democrats to embrace this landmark Democrat document and support it. Personally, I will be voting against it."

But no Democrats accepted the challenge

But I didn't see this story on my Yahoo! news service. Instead, I got ths:

GOP-run House easily rejects bipartisan budget

The House voted decisively late Wednesday to reject a bipartisan budget mixing tax increases with spending cuts to wring $4 trillion from federal deficits over the coming decade.

Wow, what a bunch of ideological douchebags those conservatives are, blasting a bipartisan budget-cutting deal to pieces like that! Vote 'em out, and bring in more compromise-oriented...Democrats!

But Yahoo! makes the mistake of actually including a story with its inflammatory headline & lede:

The 382-38 roll call paved the way for Republicans to muscle through their own, more stringent budget on Thursday, a measure that would blend deeper spending reductions in safety-net programs for the poor with a plan to dramatically overhaul Medicare. The vote also underscored the partisan polarization dominating Washington this election year, with leaders of both parties showing little inclination to compromise and let the other side claim a victory.

Ah. A little more enlightening. Those Republicans are "stringent," all right, but this measure was defeated in a bi-partisan manner, not embraced in one. Almost as bi-partisan a defeat, say, as was the one dealt to Obama's budget above.

More bi-partisan agreement

The House also rejected a plan by the Congressional Black Caucus, 314-107, that was more generous than Republicans to many domestic programs...

Read it all, Democrats continually are described as "generous" (as above), but Republicans are tied into words like "manifesto", "slashing", "unprecedented cuts". Nice smear job, Yahoo/AP. Although most of the commentary on the article makes the same point as we do here. So I am not sure if the high-school jouranlism tactics are really that effective here...

A rally of Yahoo! news readers...

So Yahoo! tries again:

Obama outspends Republican campaigns by millions

With Republicans locked in a contentious and expensive primary, President Barack Obama has spent a small fortune in recent months to build and maintain a campaign operation that is larger, more diverse and more focused on November's general election than any of his opponents' organizations.

See?  Obama supporters are not "radicals"..they are "young professionals"!  Who will be sleeping in "Occupy" camps again when the money runs out...

It's a fait accompli, voters. So stay home this November - unless you want to cast a vote for the "sure" winner...

But again, Yahoo! gives away the game further on down the line:

Obama's operation had $84.7 million in cash-on-hand by Feb. 29. But the Romney campaign — which is hardly hurting for cash after raising about $74.8 million — says it's not impressed.

Pretty similar numbers. Except that Romney isn't spending $3-$4 million a month in overhead. There will be plenty of office space available this summer, too...

No wonder why Obama's fundraising pace is practically frantic these days. Comes from spending like the money will never stop flowing. Kind of like the way he governs.  Not Romney's style. And the people who can read through the lines in this hack-piece know that that is a good thing...

No matter how much the Lefties at Yahoo! think otherwise...

(more of my beefs with Yahoo's slanted news service here and here...)

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