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CNN wasn’t the only violator. Fox said there was an arrest and also had to back off.
We pundits aren’t exempt either. Those representing the political left and the right have been circling this story, too, with some on the left clearly hoping the suspects turn out to be anti-tax libertarians, and some on the right hoping the suspects turn out to be foreign extremists. Each side is ready to pounce. David Axelrod, the president’s political brain, offers us an example of the technique.
“I’m sure what was going through the president’s mind is - we really don’t know who did this. It was Tax Day. Is it someone who was pro- .” said Axelrod on MSNBC, stopping at the edge. “You just don’t know. And so, I think, his attitude is: Let’s not put any inference into this. Let’s just make clear that we’re going to get the people responsible.”
That was expertly and deliciously done - Axelrod dropping the inference about those opposed to tax increases, then admonishing those who’d infer anything until we know the facts. And such is the craft of a master.
But back to CNN. After doing the dark-skinned man report, they truly should reform themselves and offer a new series of crawls:
... WHEN FACTS COME IN, WE’LL SAY SOMETHING ... DON’T WORRY ... FACTS WILL COME . REALLY THEY WILL ... BUT FOR NOW, WE JUST DON’T KNOW.
John Kass is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Distributed by MCT Information Services.
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