Well, quite a lot it seems when your entire argument about there being a pervasive “liberal bias” in the mainstream media turns on the use of a single word in one article.
Yes, the Trusty one is at it again. Having previously tried his hand at asserting that things clearly in evidence didn’t exist, he’s now taking the opposite tack of claiming that things not present really do exist!
According to Trusty, the use of the word “summoning” by the Reuters News Agency in the widely reported story of George Bush’s un-statesmanlike “Yo, Harper!” remark is proof positive of a nefarious “liberal bias” in the MSM.
In addition to being clueless about media relations, Trusty also doesn’t seem to understand headlinese, or the difficulties of creating short, punchy, dramatic headlines when he dumbly complains like this:
First and foremost, what the hell is with the misleading “Bush beckons, PM obeys?” [sic] A reader then clicks the story to have the headline “Bush summons Canadian leader with a “Yo Harper!” before being subject to a whole article of non-news.
Actually, we don’t even know where the screen shot and the “foremost” headline that seems to have irked the Trusty one so much comes from. Some website obviously, but unfortunately, we’re not told which one. It doesn’t appear to even be a proper news outlet. The only reason it’s worth mentioning is that it would then be possible to see what headlines normally look like on that site in order to have some point of comparison. But, I guess we’ll never know.
So let’s move onto the actual story and headline. As mentioned, though widely reported, it’s the Reuters version of the story that seems be the allegedly biased offender here because it used the word “summoning” as opposed to “calling for” (the AP version). This begs us to ask the question again: can Trusty actually read? He seems not to understand the definition of the word “summon” is, amongst others, “to call for.” In other words, the two things are exactly the same, although one could certainly draw a certain pejorative inference from “summoning” if one chose to.
Still, that’s a pretty slender reed on which the rest of Trusty’s rather incoherent diatribe hangs from. And sure enough, it’s just a lot of puerile silliness about the supposed “America-hating” of the mainstream Canadian press, which is made even more ridiculous by the fact that Reuters is based in London, England. But we’ve wasted enough time on this absurd man and his deeply uninformed opinions. Time to move on.