Yahoo posts incredibly biased story on main page about attack on GOP legislator
In the past I’ve found Yahoo to be in general moderate with a left leaning tilt, but that went out the window today when they posted this story on their front page detailing an assault on a member of the Wisconsin GOP.
The story wastes no time in establishing bias, you don’t even have to look past the headline:
Party foul: Liberal protester douses GOP legislator in beer
The emphasis is mine. Is that distinction really necessary? Why not just say ‘protester’
The story continues:
Over the past year, Wisconsin has seen just about everything in terms of political protests, but here’s a first: Beer-battered legislators.
Madison resident Miles Kristan, 26, allegedly took out his frustration over the recent political melee in Wisconsin by pouring a beer on the head of a state GOP legislator Wednesday night.
According to the police report, Kristan, accompanied by a cameraman, confronted three state GOP legislators — Reps. Robin Vos, Scott Suder and John Nygren — in a hotel lobby. Police said Kristan yelled out something like ‘money’ and ‘damned Republicans’ before dumping a glass of Miller Lite beer onto Vos’s head.
‘All of the victims indicated the suspect swore at them and called them criminals,’ Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain told the Madison Capitol Times.
After giving Vos an impromptu beer shower, Kristan allegedly fled the scene. He voluntarily turned himself in on Thursday and was issued a citation for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
That doesn’t sound so bad, but on a few lines later, the story takes a VERY sharp turn to the right:
Critics have painted the incident as yet another in a string of outrageous stunts by liberal protesters.
‘Childish antics have become the norm for the left in Wisconsin,’ wrote Media Trackers, a conservative investigative outlet. ‘Actions that fit a University of Wisconsin weekend frat party are not a winning public relations strategy and protesters would likely do their cause well if they stopped their present approach.’
Vos didn’t appear angry about the incident, but he did say it was bad public relations for his opponents.
‘While I have long been a proponent of free speech, it’s a shame when the expression turns into criminal behavior,’ Rep. Vos said in a statement. ‘Hopefully, the protesters will realize this only hurts their cause with the public.’
Of course this all begins to make more sense when you realize this story comes from the daily caller, a decidedly right wing site run by a former Dick Cheney staffer.
Here’s a few other headlines you can find on there right now:
Report: ACORN-affiliated group gets $300,000 more in taxpayer money
Vince Vaughn to introduce Ron Paul at libertarian conference
Carville doubles down: Obama ‘not going to win re-election on the course he’s on right now’
The opinion section features such gems as:
The American Jobs Act won’t create jobs, it will destroy them
Bloomberg again whining for more gun control
Once again, this story appeared on the Yahoo MAIN PAGE earlier today.
I wish I knew why they decided to run with such a slanted story on the incident. I know Yahoo has been slipping, but this seems more like a tumble off a steep cliff.