Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I write to AP:

Reid Threatens War Money By ANNE FLAHERTY

The story referred to in the subject line contains a sentence which is severely misleading although unfortunately quite common.

Similar legislation has routinely fallen short of the 60 votes needed to overcome procedural hurdles in the Senate.

The “procedural hurdles” referred to in the article is in fact the announcement by Republicans of their intent to filibuster the bill. The fact that the Democrats in the Senate never in fact require the Republicans to filibuster is unfortunate. The fact that the AP routinely obscures this fact in its reporting is unconscionable. A little honesty on the subject would go a long way toward educating the public on what actually goes on in the Senate.

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