Wednesday, November 09, 2005

I'm not sure why it bothers me so much but I just hate the way the Washington Post distorts the ideological positoning of candidates in general, and in particular, how they distorted the position of the candidate running for Viginia Governor.

I'm actually not complaining about the Post's coverage of Kilgore, the Republican candidate. He pretty much is as conservative as the Post has described him to be.

It's the Post's depiction of Democrat Tim Kaine as being a 'centrist', as evidenced by the head on today's front page "Kaine Wins in Virginia, Continuation Of Centrist Path Prevails Over Kilgore", that bothers me so much.

A centrist? You've got to be kidding. Kaine is in favor of raising taxes. He's opposed to the death penalty. He got the backing of the teacher and public employee organizations; those groups don't back 'centrists'? If Kaine isn't a liberal, then no one is.

On one level, I know why the Post and Kaine want to portray him as being 'not-a-liberal'... outside sections of Manhattan and San Francisco, that is pretty much a killer label.

But on another level, I'm not sure why they do so. Do they really believe the label, have they somehow deluded themselves into thinking that Kaine's policies are that of the middle? Or are they fully aware that Kaine is outside the mainstream and ar simply lying to us... because they know that if they told the truth, they (and I mean they) would lose?

It's a question that I've asked myself on other occasions. For instance, was Mapes really convinced that the forged documents were real? Or wasn't she, but used them anyway, because that was the only way her guy could win? Was the NYT all that upset about the cover of a CIA agent being supposedly blown? Or was their anger manufactured in order to make their enemy look bad?

As smart as these people are, I have to assume that they are fully aware that they're taking positions on issues that are inconsistent with stands they've previously taken and that they are doing so because they believe the end justifies the means.

It would be easier if they did believe what they said. They would be wrong, but honest. But what they do is dishonest... and evil.