What in this article that appeared yesterday in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph couldn't have come from a fax from Congressman Rick Boucher's office to the "reporter"?
Did the "reporter" even ask questions?
Did the "reporter" simply take notes as our congressman spoke lie after lie to him?
Did the "reporter" simply report that which Boucher wanted printed or did he bother to challenge some of the outlandish and indefensible trash that the Democrat was spewing? The word "journalist" should come into the conversation about now.
But it doesn't.
Because the "reporter" failed utterly in his responsibility.
Boucher defends climate bill supportThe rest of the article is more of the same. "Boucher said" this. "Boucher said" that.
By Bill Archer, Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Grayson County, Va. — U.S. Rep. Frederick C. “Rick” Boucher, D-Va., said he worked hard to craft the American Clean Energy and Security Act in such a way that people on modest incomes wouldn’t suffer, the coal industry would survive and ultimately flourish and to create a bill that doesn’t raise taxes. However, Boucher believes a campaign of misinformation has clouded the facts of the bill and is seeking to set the record straight.
When he addressed his colleagues in the House of Representatives on June 26, he explained what the bill will do in as succinct terms as he could find, but the opponents of the bill — according to Boucher, inspired by data that has been skewed by right-wing think tanks — had already kicked up a storm of controversy to surround the bill before he and his fellow congressmen passed the legislation on a narrow 219-212 vote, that does not reflect the Democratic party’s majority in the House.
“I said it in my floor speech,” Boucher said during a telephone interview on Friday as he prepared to enjoy Independence Day weekend with his wife, Amy, family and friends ... [blah blah blah] [link]
This is a glaring example of that which results when newspapers become fax machines.
What do you want to bet, the only questions the "reporter" actually asked as the congressman was filling him full of propaganda to have reprinted as quickly as possible in the local "newspaper" were, "Hey, what are you and the little woman doing for the holiday" and "Hey, you cookin' wienies on that grill?"
A "telephone interview."
Give me a break.
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For a dose of reality, Mr. Archer, go here.
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Is it any wonder that a twerp like Boucher can be reelected over and over again when you see enablers who disguise themselves as reporters write crap like this?