"Fox News chyron cast Dorgan and Dodd as ‘defecting Democrats.’"
This morning, Fox and Friends hosted a segment on the retirements of Sens. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND), both of whom will not be running for re-election in 2010. Fox News, however, cast the retirements as defections:
Dodd and Dorgan are not “defecting” from the Democratic Party. They are retiring. Rep. Parker Griffith (AL) recently announced that he was switching from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party, but no one else has joined him. (HT: TP Reader AC)
Steve Benen takes issue with the media characterization that “Democrats are dropping like flies“:
In the House, 14 GOP incumbents have decided not to seek re-election, while 10 Democratic incumbents have made the same announcement. Does this mean Republicans are “dropping like flies”?
In the Senate, six Republican incumbents have decided not to seek re-election, while two Democratic incumbents have made the same announcement. Is this evidence of a mass Democratic exodus?