On this past Saturday afternoon I decided not to go out because the temperature was about 20 degrees so I stayed in to avoid this most recent example of global warming outside of my high carbon output home. While I was doing my workout I was watching TV as I always do because working out without someone watching you struggle to kill yourself to be fit can be quite boring. I turned on the FOX News Channel and put the remote down and started my work out. I normally watch something on the History Channel because they always have some interesting things to watch that help me forget the pain I am putting myself through. I left the news on because the remote was out of reach now and there it was, right on the screen the “Town hall” meeting in New Hampshire with candidate for President, Hillary Clinton. I thought “I can’t reach the remote so I’m stuck watching this cartoon”. As I was watching the “Question and Answer” session the Clinton team had staged they had one of those”uh oh” moments that this experienced team of mudslingers and personal character destroyers should have known better to avoid. Clinton’s team let a man up to the podium to ask an unscripted question. The results of having to answer that question made candidate Clinton show her true character.
The man that was brave enough to face down the "Clinton Mean Machine" was named Roger Tilton and he was from Nashua, New Hampshire. Roger Tilton of Nashua, asked Candidate Clinton “right here, right now, once and for all, without nuance” to call her 2002 vote “a mistake.” then he added “Until we hear you say that, we’re not going to hear all these other great things you’ve said”. Well, I could hear the background sound effects from the scary movies. Yeah, you know the sound, just before something is going to happen along with the eyes becoming vacant like laser beams that were going zap this man and turn him into a pile of spent ionic dust. I have to tell you folks, I normally don’t feel sympathy for liberals when they are asking stupid questions as they are apt to do but I truly felt sorry for old liberal Roger standing up there in front of the mike being glared down to by Clinton. I just hope liberal Roger's wife has plenty of life insurance that includes an "Arkancide" provision. You old timers understand that terminology and it will be in vogue again in the upcoming election I’m sure.
Clinton tried to recover from her almost explosion but it was apparent she was now in a very bad mood and had to answer the question. Clinton referred back to a canned answer her team had come up with about if she had to do it over again knowing what she knows now she wouldn’t have voted to give the President the authority to go to war. Yeah, yeah, yeah the audience didn’t buy it either. They are supposed to be her people too. I’m just wondering now where they will find old Roger the liberal’s body holding a gun to his head.
Down below you will see two different versions of the story I just told. Something is missing from one of them. One story tells the same story I saw on TV (minus my obvious slant from above). The other story completely misses the whole point and goes on to read into the story something completely irrelevant to the whole meeting that went on up there in New Hampshire.
This is how one newspaper reported the incident:
In New Hampshire, Clinton Owns Up to Her Vote on Iraq War
While she tried to keep the audience of 300 people in Berlin focused on Mr. Bush, she was forced at one point to account for her own history on Iraq. One audience member, Roger Tilton of Nashua, asked her “right here, right now, once and for all, without nuance” to call her 2002 vote “a mistake.”
“Until we hear you say that, we’re not going to hear all these other great things you’ve said,” Mr. Tilton said.
In response, Mrs. Clinton repeated her standard talking points that she would never have cast it if she had had the intelligence information that she had now.
She also tailored some of her remarks to the economic struggles of Berlin, a city of about 8,000 people that has been shedding jobs from its pulp and paper mills...
Another news source reported it this way;
CLINTON FACES TOUGH QUESTIONS ON IRAQ FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE VOTERS
Her toughest questioner was Roger Tilton, 46, a financial adviser from Nashua, N.H. Tilton told the New York senator that unless she recanted her vote, he was not in the mood to listen to her other policy ideas.
"I want to know if right here, right now, once and for all and without nuance, you can say that war authorization was a mistake," Tilton said. "I and I think a lot of other primary voters — until we hear you say it, we're not going to hear all the other great things you are saying."
In response, Clinton repeated her assertion that "knowing what we know now, I would never have voted for it," and said voters would have to decide for themselves whether her position was acceptable.
"The mistakes were made by this president who misled this county and this Congress," Clinton said to loud applause.
Later, Tilton said he was not satisfied with her answer and was incline to support Democrat John Edwards or Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., who announced his candidacy Saturday.
"I love what she says about health care, I love what she says about capping troop levels, I love what she says about the war now," Tilton said, adding he would remain undecided until she offered a clearer answer. Clinton's refusal to recant her vote has been a sore point for many Democratic activists who tend to vote heavily in the party's primaries. End of example.
Obviously there is a discrepancy on what is important in reporting a story accurately and some newspapers are losing subscribers because they are sick of not getting the whole story. This is just one mild example of how it affects the reader’s understanding of what is being reported.
Here Is A Wound That Never Will Heal, I Know
Here is a wound that never will heal, I know,
Being wrought not of a dearness and a death,
But of a love turned ashes and the breath
Gone out of beauty; never again will grow
The grass on that scarred acre, though I sow
Young seed there yearly and the sky bequeath
Its friendly weathers down, far Underneath
Shall be such bitterness of an old woe.
That April should be shattered by a gust,
That August should be levelled by a rain,
I can endure, and that the lifted dust
Of man should settle to the earth again;
But that a dream can die, will be a thrust
Between my ribs forever of hot pain.
Edna St. Vincent Millay