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Even the AP Can’t Hide Reality

The Associated Press published a story with this headline: “Obama’s jobs bill sales pitch disconnects rhetoric, reality.” The story begins this way: “In President Barack Obama’s sales pitch for his jobs bill, there are two versions of reality: The one in his speeches and the one actually unfolding in Washington.” It goes on to report a “disconnect between what Obama says about his jobs bill and what stands as the political reality.” And the story quotes John Sides, a political science professor at George Washington University, as saying Obama’s approach on the jobs bill is “more about campaigning than governing.”

None of this is news to the readers of CONTENTIONS, of course. The fact Obama is constantly making claims at odds with reality is well-known among the visitors of this web site. So is the president’s excessive partisanship. The AP report therefore isn’t revealing anything new. But what makes the story notable is we’ve now reached the point where even news outlets like the Associated Press can’t help but point out that the president, in order to make his case, needs to manufacture a narrative out of thin air, one that delinks himself from objective circumstances and reality itself.

In the most gentle way possible, the AP concludes Obama is “waging a campaign, one in which nuance and context and competing responses don’t always fit in if they don’t help make the case.”

Many of us have known that for quite some time. For the rest, I suppose it’s better late than never.