AP’s spin on George H.W. Bush headline should have been predicted, but nobody knew it would be this bad

The Associated Press’s habit of injecting clear-cut liberal bias into its headlines and ledes appears to be growing worse, and despite the criticism the 172-year-old outlet now receives on a regular basis.

The latest example from this Saturday morning is a lede published to Twitter about the death of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94.

“George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94,” the AP wrote.


The headline struck many as just plain wrong because it seemed to diminish the former president’s legacy. It left many wondering whether the AP would write something similarly negative were a former liberal president such as Barack Hussein Obama to pass.

“This is why people hate the liberal media. A former president, and a war hero, has died and all the @AP can do is talk about why he was not reelected,” one Twitter user argued.

“Wow, I think that if there was any question left that the AP was a fair and impartial news outlet, it’s all gone now. You’re such hyper-partisan liberal propaganda now that you can’t even memorialize a former president without insulting him. Shame!” another wrote.


President Donald Trump has been more critical of the press than any of his predecessors in part because of a desire by him to stand up against what he and his supporters perceive as liberal bias.

But instead of working to reduce their glaring bias, the media have launched an effective campaign against him, arguing that his criticism amounts to a violation of their rights.

The media have likewise accused anyone who’s dared to challenge their hegemony of peddling misinformation news — even as they themselves are repeatedly caught promoting fake news.

It’s a cycle that bred a great deal of distrust for the media, with a plurality of Americas now believing the media sometimes make up stories just to hammer the president.

In this case the AP certainly didn’t make anything up about either the president or his predecessor. But it did weave a narrative that was clearly designed to portray Bush in as negative of a light as possible.

It’s a narrative most on social media do not appear to appreciate:

R.I.P. to former President George H.W. Bush, who as one Twitter user noted was a Navy pilot, hero, statesman, father, husband, grandmother and patriot who deserved better than this.


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