Main Stream Media may tout themselves as the arbiter of all credible news, but their solid-left skewed reporting by it’s truer name should be Progressive Op-Ed.
So hard-wired is MSM prejudice, that even Margaret Thatcher’s obit spouts sharp-edged and ominous adjectives:
Love her or loathe her, one thing’s beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain. The Iron Lady who ruled for 11 remarkable years imposed her will on a fractious, rundown nation — breaking the unions, triumphing in a far-off war, and selling off state industries at a record pace.
As J.P. Freire aptly critiques:
“Ruled.” “Imposed her will.” The AP’s word choice apes the old Liberal attacks on Thatcher as tyrant, taking pains to equivocate between the varying opinions people had of her.
The AP seems to have forgotten Margaret Thatcher’s legacy as one third of the trilogy of heros who won the cold war and saved the West: Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and Pope John Paul II.
Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard wrote of the brave 3:
They knew what they believed but also knew they had to justify their beliefs, and that one could adjust prudently to circumstances without yielding on principle. They stood firm when in power, and they took risks to get there, challenging the conventional wisdom and the respective establishments of their nations or institutions.
They were conservative but not nostalgic, and would counsel us today against excessive nostalgia for their deeds and their days. They would rather, I suspect, urge that we act in their spirit—what one might call a spirit of unapologetic but reformist conservatism.
…each age has to find its own leaders for an eternal task—the defense and renewal of civilization. The death of Margaret Thatcher is a healthy reminder to students of politics of the difficulty, the gravity, and also the nobility of this task.
Unfortunately, the AP (and most of Main Stream Media) save their accolades for the socialist tyrant, Hugo Chavez:
President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.
During more than 14 years in office, Chavez routinely challenged the status quo at home and internationally. He polarized Venezuelans with his confrontational and domineering style, yet was also a masterful communicator and strategist who tapped into Venezuelan nationalism to win broad support, particularly among the poor.
The reader would be tempted to double-check the subject of such effusive praise and open admiration. Hugo Chavez? The cruel Venezuelan dictator?
The Weekly Standard more fittingly eulogizes:
Recently deceased Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez is officially joining the ranks of Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong, Kim Il Sung, and Ferdinand Marcos—yes, El Jefe is now a member of the Glass Coffin Club for Villains and Dictators (not to be confused with the Glass Coffin Club for Saints and Martyrs).
In Margaret Thatcher the world saw a strong woman of great courage, a woman who deeply believed in the principles of freedom and free markets. Her fortitude and moral courage lived out Churchill’s words:
“…never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.”
In Hugo Chavez the world saw a vindictive dictator who bullied, threatened, and murdered his enemies, which were any who objected to his totalitarian, socialist rule.
Thatcher ushered in greater freedom and liberty for her people and the West, and unapologetically proclaimed her hatred for communism. Chavez enslaved his Venezuelans and proudly chummed with Cuban marxist dictator, Fidel Castro.
How interesting to note which leader the AP and MSM prefer.