Media critic Jay Rosen rises above the McClellan/"shake-up" foofaraw to put several pieces of the puzzle together and show how the Bush administration has significantly altered the long-standing relationship of the press to the White House. (More from Rosen here
.) Another piece that fits: Donald Rumsfeld's bold, frequent, and rarely-challenged assertions
that the American press is being expertly "manipulated" by Al Qaeda "media committees"
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Newsweek-Fahrenheit wars
- Michael Isikoff's "seven errors, distortions and selective omissions of crucial information" detailed by Craig Unger, "House of Bush, House of Saud
" author (read excerpts of his book at Salon.com
, for members or by a "day pass") Isikoff has heavily cited Unger's book but, it seems, not bothered to read Unger's generously provided source files
. "Liberal" PBS is not excluded, as credulous (or ignorant) "On the Media" host Bob Garfield's July 2 interview with Isikoff demonstrates
. What shall we call such pervasive, ongoing and seemingly willful patterns
of inaccuracy, distortion, and selective omission?
Thou shalt not make scientific progress.
"Medical research is poised to make a quantum leap that will benefit sufferers from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, muscular dystrophy, diabetes and other diseases. But George W. Bush's religious convictions stand in its way."
"Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz talks about the corporate looting spree and Bush's woeful mismanagement of the economy."
"The fiscal mismanagement of the current administration -- leading to a change in the fiscal position of the United States over the past year -- is absolutely phenomenal; going from huge surpluses to huge deficits and the deficits are probably going to be larger than people anticipated."
The Bush Pardons
More pardon fun!... An interesting flip side to the pardon coin.
Bob Jones 2?
makes another misstep. Regardless of the outcome, the past 24 hours have been satisfying for Democrats
Argh, I forgot to watch Letterman
last night. (I still don't have my TiVo.)
Yo dawg, peep Bush, he be up and on that whitecrib thang.
Believe it Yo. My pager goin off when I saw this word scribble...
Bush (shaking his head mournfully): "Dude, dude. You must be loaded, Holmes. You're cut off on the bong, ace. Your lameness is of a sameness. If every time you're sippin' on a 40 you start quoting Grouchy Marx, my man, you can't be hanging at Epsilon House. Major league bummer!"
Major league asshole:
Y'all have probably heard about this already, but I'm thinking it'd make for good discussion. While I'm always happy to hear of dirt on Dubya, is this really all that big of a deal?