AP Props Up Jesse, Defends Chavez & Bashes Bush

Today, AP journalist Christopher Toothaker writes one of the most biased opinion pieces to pass as news since the election last year.

In his “Rev. Jackson Lends Support to Chavez” news/opinion piece, Toothaker first tries to push that the Rev. Pat Pobertson was a solid Bush supporter during the election last year and that the “700 Club” is calling the shots in Washington:

Robertson’s comments last week have increased already tense relations between Caracas and Washington. He called for Chavez’s assassination on his TV show “The 700 Club,” saying the United States should “take him out” because the Venezuelan leader poses a danger to the region.

Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition of America and a supporter of Bush’s re-election bid, later apologized.

But, if you recall during the runup to the election in the waning days of the campaign in late October, it was Robertson who actually attacked Bush:

Robertson, in an interview with CNN that aired Tuesday night, said God had told him the war would be messy and a disaster. When he met with Bush in Nashville, Tenn., before the war Bush did not listen to his advice, Robertson said, and believed Saddam Hussein was an evil tyrant who needed to be removed.

“He was just sitting there, like, ‘I’m on top of the world,’ and I warned him about this war,” Robertson said.

“I had deep misgivings about this war, deep misgivings. And I was trying to say, ‘Mr. President, you better prepare the American people for casualties.’ ‘Oh, no, we’re not going to have any casualties.’ ‘Well,’ I said, ‘it’s the way it’s going to be.’ And so, it was messy. The Lord told me it was going to be, A, a disaster and, B, messy.”

Not, the best support to give someone two weeks before votes are cast!

Also, Toothaker comes up with some absolutely astonishing polling numbers on Hugo Chavez:

Since taking office in 1999, Chavez has survived a 2002 coup, a 2003 strike and a recall referendum last year. He is up for re-election next year, and recent polls suggest he has a 70 percent approval rating.

Where could he possibly have come up with these numbers? That is just ridiculous!

Also, Toothaker doesn’t bother giving any background about Chavez only saying this about the Castro wannabe:

Representatives of the U.S. government have expressed concern that Chavez and his close ally, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, are fomenting instability in Latin America. Chavez and Castro deny it, instead blaming the United States for meddling in the affairs of Latin nations.

You’d think it may have crossed his mind that Chavez is a communist! Or, maybe this is trivial to Toothaker? Chavez certainly has enough of a history for Toothaker to come up with something other than a he said/he said argument. You would think that Toothaker could have remembered that Chavez has been to Cuba 4 times in the last 9 months, that Chavez is dealing with Iran and China for oil and arms, that Chavez has jailed opponents, that the church leaders are speaking out against him, and that regardless of what Jimmy Carter or Global Exchange has to say, Chavez is having a slight problem with his democratic presidential wins.

From this article Toothaker tries to prop up the Marxist Chavez, tries to defend Jesse’s dreadful behavior, and works in a good Bush bash for good measure. This piece by Toothaker sounds more like a tale from a South American jungle than a news story from one of the American News giants.

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