The New Yorker ‘s daily email headed an article with this comment: “Pope Francis believes that science, rational thought, and data all play powerful and positive roles in human life. Many high-ranking Republicans seem as if they do not.”
Disregarding the content, do you see what’s wrong with the second statement? The operative word is “seem.” The New Yorker is about to tell its readers what “high-ranking Republicans” think.
One of the few things I’ve learned about politics is never to believe what one politician says an opposing politician believes. Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative; they all lie. They all make up things for their opponents to believe, in order to tell us what fools their opponents are.
The article opens with, “It’s a shame that there is no provision in the Constitution of the United States that would permit Pope Francis to serve as the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.”
What do you think the odds of The New Yorker supporting that? That’s pure emotional appeal. Of course, they’re manipulating the facts to fit their agenda. They certainly don’t care what the Pope says about morality or birth control.
Will their readers see the bias? No more than FoxNews’s or CNN’s viewers see their biased reporting.