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Friday, November 04, 2005


David Gerstman

Non partisan means simply that they don't explicitly support one party or the other. At least that's what I assume it means. Great weasel word isn't it.

David Gerstman

But then again would the post ever refer to the NRA as non-partisan?

Christopher Fotos

Well, exactly. I'm sure there is a lawyerly response to my kind of criticism that the Post has satisfied itself with. But the word nonpartisan functions here as a badge of neutrality, as if NPP was an organization disinterestedly wondering "gee, what would a database of recruits and their economic status show?" But NPP campaigns against the war. You will never, ever know this based on what's in the story.

It's another example of how a newspaper makes it very difficult to understand what's going on in the world.

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