Sunday, December 25, 2005

How does CNN cover a Democratic speech? 
Step 1. Uncritically state the dumbest and most outrageous Democrat claim that the President is cutting services to military families at all.

Step 2. Gloss it over and not specify a single specific service to military families.

Step 3. Provide no context to show military pay raises, increases in benefits, housing, nor the fact that Tricare benefits have been extended to Reserve component veterans of the War on terror - something that Bill Clinton never did even though he was deploying entire Guard battalions and Brigades to Bosnia for years who would have had the same need for coverage and the same employer issues.

Step 4. Don't mention the increase in the Reserve component GI Bill benefits.

Step 5. Don't mention the exponential increase in the death gratuity paid to families.

Step 6. Don't mention that SGLI coverage increased from $250,000 to $400,000 for any service member that wants it.

Step 7. Don't mention the vast increases in recruiting/retention initiatives.

Step 8. Don't press the Democratic speechifyer or their spokesman or the campaign to name a specific example of a military service, benefit, or program being cut.

Step 9. Don't bother getting a reaction from either the Republicans or a neutral and informed observer. After all, why go through the pretense that the editors are anything more than a mouthpiece for the DNC?

Step 9. Run the whole execrable mess on CNN.com.

Splash, out


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