This week, the seemingly unedited Houston Chronicle Austin bureau engaged in an old practice — editorializing by labels — that is so precious we couldn’t resist sharing.
Note the description of the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation in this sentence from “staff writer” David Saleh Rauf:
In the past, Sullivan had registered as a lobbyist: first for the ultra-right think tank Texas Public Policy Foundation from 2001 to 2006 and then for his current group from 2007 to 2009.
Ultra-right! Very scary!
And note the description of the liberal Texans for Public Justice in this sentence:
“It fits in with their anti-government, anti-authority agenda,” said Craig McDonald, director of the watchdog group Texans for Public Justice, which monitors state lobbying.
Not very subtle, David Saleh Rauf.
Proper nouns also seem to confuse the bad staff writer:
They also plan to make the case that Sullivan, a former newspaper reporter who is now a contributor for Brietbart News, fits in under a state lobby law exemption for folks in a “bona fide news medium.”
It’s Breitbart News, actually.
Just another day at a seemingly unedited newspaper!