If a Republican says that the world is flat then best the press would say in response is that some Democrats disagree. Thus illustrating, by exaggeration, the extremes the press will go to to avoid saying that said Republican is smoking crack. This is the establishment media rule, so ably documented by people like Bob Somerby, that we have had to live with for years.
The Bush campaign has repeatedly accused the senator of "politicizing" Iraq. Bush-Cheney chairman Marc Racicot told reporters Wednesday that Kerry is relentlessly "playing politics" and exploiting tragedy for political gain.
Racicot, for instance, told reporters that Kerry suggested that 150,000 or so U.S. troops are "somehow universally responsible" for the misdeeds of a small number of American soldiers and contractors. Racicot made several variations of this charge. But Kerry never said this, or anything like it. [Emphasis added.]
In 2000 the Post wouldn't have batted an eye at comments like that. They let Republicans get away with equally bad distortions of Al Gore.
Maybe a few of them are starting to wake up?
Mmmm.... could be.