Editor and Publisher tries to whip up controversy with misleading headline

Check this headline out:

Bush Says He Tried to Avoid War ‘To The Max,’ Explains How God Shapes His Foreign Policy

WOW – explosive, eh? If you read on into the article, though, you’ll see how misleading the headline really is:

Bush also explained, in unusually stark terms, how his belief in God influences his foreign policy. “I base a lot of my foreign policy decisions on some things that I think are true,” he said. “One, I believe there’s an Almighty. And, secondly, I believe one of the great gifts of the Almighty is the desire in everybody’s soul, regardless of what you look like or where you live, to be free.

“I believe liberty is universal. I believe people want to be free. And I know that democracies do not war with each other.”

James Joyner writes:

That this concept is at the core of the American experience, including the premise of the Declaration of Independence, will not stop critics from interpreting this a Bush getting his foreign policy direction from God.

I anticipate a New York Times spin on Bush’s “Almighty” comments any day now. The WaPo quoted that part from his speech, but didn’t make hay out of it – surprisingly.

Hat tip: Confederate Yankee

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