In an innocuous story about some female athletes wearing flip-flops to the White House, we have what has to be one of the most blatent cases of media bias.
You have to be extremely “good” to insert a pot shot at President Bush in the AP story Athletes Spark White House Flip-Flop Flap.
Most of the story centers around four members of Northwestern’s national championship women’s lacrosse team. Instead of some type of formal shoe, they wore a dressy flip-flop.
The humerous story includes some quotes from the players and their mothers and then adds this little statement out of nowhere:
In 2001, Bush’s daughter Jenna, then 19, wore black flip-flops in court, along with pink capri pants and a sleeveless black shirt, when she pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol.
Someone please tell me what that has to do with Northwestern Lacrosse players wearing flip-flops in the White House.
What if Jenna had not worn flip-flops to the court, maybe they could find one of the players had the name Jenna or possibly the coach also had on the colors black and pink?
Maybe Monica wore flip-flops with her blue dress in the Oval Office, would that be a revelant piece of information for this story?
To be fair to the reporter, they mentioned flip-flop being used extensively in reference to John Kerry during the 2004 campaign. But even then it says that the term “was used heavily during last fall’s presidential debates when Bush repeatedly accused” Kerry of changing positions.
Why do either of these facts belong in this story? Neither adds anything to the story. Neither reveals some new information that helps us to understand the nature of flip-flops at the White House.
Why can the AP not let one story that mentions the White House or President Bush slide without some undeserved shot at him or his family?