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Tilting at Windmills

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June 6, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

RONALD REAGAN....I voted against Ronald Reagan twice, and while 20 years may have passed since my last vote for a Reagan opponent, that doesn't mean I've forgotten why I cast it. Rose tinted hindsight or not, I didn't like his policies then and I don't like them now.

But there's a time and a place for everything, so I'll stay quiet for now and allow conservatives to have their day. At the same time, though, some of them need to get a grip:

MRC's Brent Baker reports: Virtually all of the broadcast and cable network coverage, in the hours after the late Saturday afternoon EDT announcement of President Ronald Reagan's passing, forwarded praise and admiration. There were, however, several exceptions where journalists incorporated liberal, anti-conservative spin to denounce Reagan's policies.

This is followed by the shocking news that according to the liberal media, anyway some people didn't like Reagan, his tax cuts led to big deficits, and that there were several controversial aspects to his career.

Give it a rest, guys. An obituary should tell the whole story, good and bad, not act as a hagiography. Coverage of Reagan that didn't include anything negative would be a lie, and I hope conservatives can resist the opportunity to use Reagan's death as yet another pretense for manufactured charges of liberal media bias.

And speaking of coverage, the LA Times delivered a 12-page special section devoted to Reagan right to my doorstep this morning. Remarkable. You can read the whole thing here.

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