Some mainstream news organizations coddle certain people. It does not go unnoticed, as in the case of Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who offered inaccurate details about her personal history to enhance her vigorous campaign for governor in the Lone Star State. This question now emerges: Will the press offer corrections after embracing Ms. Davis’ narrative? Newsbusters.com analyst Kyle Drennan wonders if news organizations — NBC in particular — will amend their coverage after offering “fawning” but nevertheless incorrect stories on a woman who has been billed as a “darling” of the Left.
Then there’s Glenn Reynolds, the “InstaPundit” for PJ Media. He has taken particular interest in a Washington Post account which characterized Ms. Davis’ errors as “fuzzy facts” rather than something more serious.
“Fuzzy facts is when a Democrat tells lies,” says Mr. Reynolds, who is a law professor at the University of Tennessee.
Ms. Davis acknowledged her errors, though. “My language should be tighter. I’m learning about using broader, looser language. I need to be more focused on the detail,” she explained after her magnifications were revealed by a Dallas Morning News investigation that found the candidate was not nessarily the heroic, divorced working mom living in a trailer, as she had claimed.
“Note that she’s a Harvard-trained lawyer, but says she can’t express herself with precision. Is this what feminism looks like?” Mr. Reynolds asks.
Well, maybe. Meanwhile, her story is still subject to interpretation. Some headlines of note from the last 24 hours:
“Right pounces on news that Wendy Davis embellished her life story” (MSNBC), “Did mainstream media darling Wendy Davis commit perjury?” (Fox News), “Wendy Davis steps on a rake” (Esquire), “Wendy Davis, fibber” (National Review), “Wendy Davis stretched the truth” (The Daily Beast).
SUPREME REGULATOR OF REGULATIONS
“Expect a regulatory rush from Washington before President Obama leaves office in 2017. Frustrated by a divided and stalled Congress, he’ll use the executive branch’s vast authority to put in place programs that he sees as necessary,” predicts the Kiplinger Letter, a trend forecaster for management and the workplace.
“Not by accident, many will also boost his party, burnish his legacy and fulfill campaign promises. This isn’t new. Every president does it. Obama, though, is starting much earlier than others in opting for regulation over legislation. Republicans are poised to put up a fight. But Obama will largely have his way, barring intervention by federal judges or big shifts in opinion. The GOP will have to elect one of its own in 2016 to overwrite Obama’s regulatory choices,” the forecast says.
What kind of regs are we talking about here? Kiplinger predicts multiple new workplace and food-safety rules, gun sale restrictions, more calorie counts in restaurants, higher energy efficiency standards for home furnaces, increased airline fees, greenhouse gas emission restrictions, crackdowns on payday lenders and debt collectors, an end to Cold War export limits and more policing of electronic cigarettes, and possibly cigars.
“Don’t be surprised if Obama ends up with more regs than any predecessor,” Kiplinger advises.
POLL DU JOUR
• 50 percent of Americans say they trust “the government in Washington” to do what is right some of the time.
• 55 percent of Republicans, 40 percent of conservatives, 53 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of liberals agree.