Let's Play "Insert the Opposite"
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 :::
The slant of this piece on the House's budget moves yesterday is breathtaking. So, in an attempt to show how it might have been written if the TD's news writers weren't Senate cheerleaders, let's play a quick game of "Insert the Opposite" to see how it might have read if Hardy & Stallsmith had left the "moderate" pom-poms and Good Copy's desk. Here's the original:
By attempting to separate the budget from transportation spending, the House hopes to insulate itself from public pressures and blame that the anti-tax stand risks a shutdown of state government. A new two-year budget would take effect July 1, but delays hurt localities waiting to set their own spending plans.
And here's how it might have been written:
By attempting to [keep higher taxes for] transportation [within the budget bill -- which is not permitted under the state constitution], the [Senate] hopes to insulate itself from [...] blame that the [pro-tax] stand risks a shutdown of state government. A new two-year budget would take effect July 1, but delays hurt localities waiting to set their own spending plans.
Go ahead...try it yourself. It's loads of fun!
But will such a perspective ever appear in the news section of any paper? Doubtful. Virginia pressies are so enamored of the Senate's plan that nothing the House does - short of total surrender - will change their coverage.
What else can compare to this? Why sure! Just think back to the fawning coverage Russ Potts received during his egomanical gubernatorial bid. He was a truth-teller...a brave man of principle...a champion to be followed. At least until endorsement season, when he was summarily dropped in favor of Tim Kaine.
::: posted by Norman Leahy at 4/12/2006