The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #78540 Message #1413215
Posted By: Amos
17-Feb-05 - 03:14 PM
Thread Name: BS: Bush Undermines Freedom of Press
Subject: RE: BS: Bush Undermines Freedom of Press
"At last month's press conference, Jeff Gannon asked Mr. Bush how he could work with Democrats "who seem to have divorced themselves from reality." But Bush officials have divorced themselves from reality.
They flipped TV's in the West Wing and Air Force One to Fox News. They paid conservative columnists handsomely to promote administration programs. Federal agencies distributed packaged "news" video releases with faux anchors so local news outlets would run them. As CNN reported, the Pentagon produces Web sites with "news" articles intended to influence opinion abroad and at home, but you have to look hard for the disclaimer: "Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense." The agencies spent a whopping $88 million spinning reality in 2004, splurging on P.R. contracts.
Even the Nixon White House didn't do anything this creepy. It's worse than hating the press. It's an attempt to reinvent it."
Jim, I hope someone is bringing a fiddle, and you enjoy the hell out of it.