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How to read an American newspaper

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US good; foreigner bad: note this contrast between two rather similar economic stories told in two very different ways.
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America GOOD!

Detroit Bailout May Bring On U.S. Oversight

Congressional Democrats were weighing options for government control of the auto industry, including the possible creation of an oversight board.

Foreigners SINISTER!

In Hard Times, Russia Moves In to Reclaim Private Industries

The Kremlin seems to be exploiting the economic crisis to establish more control over weakened industries.

Yes, when we do it, we’re “weighing options” and possibly creating an “oversight board.” But when Russia—excuse me, I mean “THE KREMLIN”—does it, they’re “exploiting the economic crisis” in order to “establish more control.” You can hear their commissars cackling as far away as Sarah Palin’s house!
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Written by Monte

December 13, 2008 at 3:19 pm

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  1. Good thought, Rich – and, as you suggest, I doubt it!

    On the other hand, I doubt it could be said that the US automakers are pleading with the feds to “establish more control,” either. I’m sure money without federal control would be their first choice!


    December 14, 2008 at 8:28 pm

  2. I wonder… are the leaders of the “weakened industries” in Russia approaching the Kremlin and pleading with them to “establish more control”? If the Big 3 automakers weren’t initiating this bailout push, and it were Washington initiating it instead, we’d probably be using similar terms to describe what’s happening here.

    Overall I find myself in total agreement with the sentiment expressed in this post. I’m just expressing my curiosity here. :)

    Rich Schmidt

    December 14, 2008 at 3:30 pm

  3. Nice! And so true.


    December 14, 2008 at 12:35 pm

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