Our Failed Political Press ™, Part Infinity

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Look how many paragraphs it took the AP before they got to mentioning that the rapist is a Republican:

Former Idaho lawmaker found guilty of raping intern

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former Idaho lawmaker was convicted Friday of raping a 19-year-old legislative intern after a dramatic trial in which the young woman fled the witness stand during testimony, saying “I can’t do this.”

The intern told a Statehouse supervisor that Aaron von Ehlinger raped her at his apartment after the two had dinner at a Boise restaurant in March 2021. Von Ehlinger said the sex was consensual.

At the time, the Lewiston Republican was serving as a state representative, but he later resigned.

Von Ehlinger, 39, was found guilty Friday of rape. He was found not guilty of sexual penetration with a foreign object.

Everything is wrong with that headline. By leaving out the “Republican” the AP is implying  both sides, and that it took 4 paragraphs to mention that little fact (and I bet by then most editors chopped it for length), probably many readers never made it that far. If they didn’t want to both sides it, they could have gone with Von Ehlinger Guilty of Raping Intern, which has the added benefit of being shorter.

Also: family values, my ass. Every accusation is a confession, and today’s example is another Republican raping a teenager.

(Hat tip: Scissorhead M Davis)

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9 Responses to Our Failed Political Press ™, Part Infinity

  1. spotthedog says:

    Just another day in GQP-world. TFG would consider him an underachiever and a loser for letting himself get convicted. Best wishes for the recovery of the young woman brave enough to take the stand in the first place, sad that it takes volunteering for additional trauma to get any justice.

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  2. TheOtherHank says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t point out that he is known to share a workplace with Democrats and so was contaminated by their evil ways

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  3. I kinda disagree here. I don’t think that a rape case headline should neccesarily make emphasis/stressed importance on the political party of the rapist. The headline could’ve/should’ve have called him out including his name but the fact that he’s a “lawmaker” was the proper emphasis because it adds to the violation (of the victim and society).


    • tengrain says:

      Claude –

      I disagree and as you know, I rarely disagree with my betters. Headlines 101: Actor + Action. Someone made a choice for a reason. Lawmaker is vague, former lawmaker is even more vague and this is now public record. I wouldn’t have complained if they used his name.

      When they put “lawmaker” in the headline, they begged the question, and then buried it 4 paragraphs later. Another choice.



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      • Actor: Aaron von Ehlinger, Lawmaker (who happens to be republican (-republican being ancillary)).
        What is important/is significant to MOST/ALL (due to irony/hypocricy/public betrayal) -that the rapist is a lawmaker.
        To use his name (without his role) in the headline could fail to be understood by the masses (begged question: “Who is “Aaron von Ehlinger?”.) and would lose much significance to the masses (who is the target audience).
        To add “Republican (Lawmaker)” (in the headline) deviates the significance of offense from the fact that a lawmaker raped into “a Republcan lawmaker raped -as if the importance of the offense is that it was a Republican (lawmaker) who had done this.
        That would be a score/important for folks with political bias but it’s AP article, not Fox or CNN.

        Perhaps I am victim to Dunning Kruger or my broken Kureg (still morning here w/no coffee) or both. 😊

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  4. Richard Portman says:

    First thing i thought when i heard the news- hmm, i wonder if he is Republican?

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  5. Buttermilk Sky says:

    When I see (R) after the name, I always assume rapist.


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