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Associated Press and News-Gazette Work to Keep the Public Clueless

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in a case that limits the powers of the federal government to enforce the Clean Water Act. The conservative majority of the Supremes cited the need to favor states' rights over federal government intervention in this case. Does anyone sense a bit of ironical hypocrisy here?

Headlining the decision on its front page in the Tuesday, Jan. 9 edition, the
Chamapign IL News-Gazette ran a story that highlights the role it takes in selectively editing the
news it prints to advance its highly partisan conservative positions. The article
discussed how Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in a case that limits the powers of the
federal government to enforce the Clean Water Act. The case involved a number
of ponds that are used by migratory waterfowl, which a group of suburbs near
Chicago sought to use as a landfill.

The Associated Press story read as follows, without the slightest hint of irony:

"The court divided 5-4 along its familiar conservative-liberal fault line, with Chief
Justice William Rehnquist leading the conservative bloc. The same lineup has
favored state rights over those of the federal government, and Tuesday's decision
continues that trend."

Rehnquist was qouted as saying that a ruling in favor of the federal government
"would also result in a significant impingment of the states' traditional and primary
power over land and water use."

Sounds pretty cut and dried, doesn't it? Only they convienently forget to mention
the one infamous exception to this 'trend': the recent case of Bush vs. Gore!

Bush vs. Gore took exactly the opposite tack, legally speaking, stripping the State
of Florida of the right to conduct a recount in the recent presidential 'selection' and
the country of its right to know who really won the 2000 election. Does it really
surprise me that neither the AP or the News-Gazette would forget to note this
highly informative fact, among the rest of the story. Not really...

HYPOCRISY--- It's a conservative thing, don't you know.
 
 

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