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Classic Conservative Hypocrisy: Rep. Duncan on Journalism

#CLASSIC: Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. of Tennessee addressed the floor of the House yesterday, June 6th.

He rose to make a point about the state of today's journalism and how biased and opinionated it is. But, in his speech, all he included was a minute of biased opinions, with no facts to back any of it up. He never even said why the journalist he was calling out was "wrong."

His address was as follows:


 (Mr. DUNCAN of Tennessee asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) 

Mr. DUNCAN of Tennessee: "Mr. Speaker, many years ago I received an undergraduate degree in journalism, was a reporter on a daily newspaper, and taught journalism for 1 year. In those years, there was a clear separation between the front page and the editorial page. I don’t believe I have ever read a more biased, partisan, opinionated paragraph in a ‘‘news’’ story than one that was on the front page of yesterday’s Washington Post. Philip Rucker does not now deserve the title of journalist but, instead, should be referred to as a Democratic or leftwing hack. He wrote that a traditional President would have reacted carefully ‘‘to the London attacks by instilling calm, being judicious ... and appealing to the country’s better angels.’’ Instead, he accused President Trump of reacting ‘‘impulsively ... stroking panic and fear, being indiscreet with details ... and capitalizing on it to advocate for one of his more polarizing policies and to advance a personal feud.’’ Apparently, Mr. Rucker is so blinded by hatred for the President he cannot see straight and has written one of the most unfair, one-sided articles I have ever read in a ‘‘news’’ story in what used to be a newspaper."

What do you think about his point?

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