Wednesday, February 09, 2005

we are in trouble

Watching "Countdown" with Keith Olbermann tonight, I counted seven "questions" to Scott McClellan at White House press briefings, and one "question" to George W. Bush asked by the suddely infamous "Jeff Gannon." Every single "question" was a ranting position statement barely disguised as an interrogatory, and without exception the pool of reporters sitting there with him didn't bat an eyelash at the astonishingly overt propaganda this man oozed every time he had an opportunity. While it's frightening enough that a man with no press credentials gets a White House press pass under a pseudonym after being turned down when he applied in his own name, a man who seems to have clear ties to internet domains involved with male prostitution, who showed clear evidence of having had access to secret CIA documents, and with even more interesting reports no doubt to come, what's truly terrifying is that our own press corps were apparently unable to recognize that a mole had been planted in their midst. Listen to or read the questions this person asked during these important communications between the government and the watchdog of the rulers, the press, and tell me that they wouldn't have set alarm bells ringing in your own head long ago. Yet, somehow this man was able to sit in briefing after briefing and bail little Scottie out time after time, and nobody commented on it or even looked at him askance. Our press is now just symbolic and decorative, and the truth is only going to come out from the utterly populist independent reporting found via media like the internet. And, if you think it's bad now, it's going to get a lot worse over the next four years, just watch.

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