Today’s paragraph comes to us from John Hinderaker, writing for powerlineblog.com.
Mr. Hinderaker, who has very little regard for the Associated Press (AP) these days, took extreme issue with the its coverage of President Trump’s rally in Tampa, Florida last night.
It seems the AP reporter made a major issue of one misstatement by Mr. Trump which he used as one of a number of examples to make a broader point.
Specifically, while arguing for a required photo ID to vote, Trump mentioned, among other examples, that people needed them to buy groceries.
He probably meant an ID was required to pay for groceries with a check (which, of course, is true). Or maybe he was referring to the ID required at places like Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJ’s warehouse.
In any event, his point was that people need ID’s for many things, so it was nothing unusual or burdensome for them to provide one when they vote.
But the AP article largely dodged this point and featured the supermarket reference instead.
This incensed Mr. Hinderaker, who finished his commentary with the following paragraph:
The problem with the Associated Press isn’t just that its reporters are stupid or ill-informed, although that often is the case. The real problem is that the AP’s reporting is so often in bad faith, deliberately pretending not to understand, as in this instance, President Trump’s reference, and doggedly refusing to engage with the point he was making: identification is required all the time, we all have identification or can easily get it, the only reason not to require it for voting is a desire to enable voter fraud. The Associated Press’s reporting is a giant exercise in trying to change the subject.
John Hinderaker wins Paragraph Of The Day honors for calling out the AP for doing exactly what he says they were doing: glomming onto a side issue so they could avoid featuring the actual point President Trump was making.
It is sad to see how far the AP has fallen over recent years. And this kind of “journalism” is a classic example.