"Liberal Refuses to Take Responsibility for Cheating." Now that would be a compelling headline. But what did CBSNews post on their website? "Alex Sink, Florida Gov. Candidate, Accused of ‘Cheating' in Debate." The candidate did not cheat, she is simply "accused" of cheating. Wait, I'm sorry, not, you know, cheating cheating, but "cheating." And party affiliation? Not in the headline.
What does the article itself say? What did the would-be governor of our fourth most populous state do? During a break "she was seen reading a text message sent by an aide." Both candidates had signed an agreement that there would be "no notes and no props on stage." Ms. Sink, according to the article, made no attempt to dispute the facts in the case. So why the "accused" in the headline?
And what did Ms. Sink do as penance? After the debate she fired the aide for sending the text! Maybe she could do a guest appearance on the Simpsons: "Not my fault, I didn't do it. And if I did, someone else did it." Now that's leadership.
Henry Percy is the nom de guerre for a technical writer living in Arizona. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.