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1/21/2005

Misleading Headlines

The Cleveland Plain Dealer apparently has a copy-editor that doesn't read the articles. Take a look at the Plain Dealer's article on the inaurgural speech, titled "Empower Americans with an Ownership Society," which includes the following text:

Bush only briefly mentioned his goal to 'build an ownership society,' an allusion to his desire to give citizens more responsibility while lessening the government's role. Critics fear he will leave the needy without the necessary money or services.

He barely hinted at private Social Security accounts and other domestic priorities of his second term, saying, 'We will widen the ownership of homes and businesses, retirement savings and health insurance, preparing our people for the challenges of life in a free society.'

Bush acknowledged the racial divisions in the United States, saying, 'Our country must abandon all the habits of racism, because we cannot carry the message of freedom and the baggage of bigotry at the same time.'

But these were asides in a speech dedicated chiefly to the spread of freedom. With the nation still at war in Iraq, Bush did not threaten force against other nations' 'tyranny' - another oft-repeated word in his address. He specified, in fact, that spreading freedom 'is not primarily the task of arms.'

 

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