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adigal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 08:47 PM
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16. I watched this today on C-Span
and the press knows there is a problem. I think they have been taken by surprise at how aggressively this White House has spun them, and lied to them. Mike McCurry (Clinton's press secretary) defended the White House, saying that they are putting out their point of view and it is up to the press corp to challenge it. But they did not seem to be buying.

A few newspapers said that they are going to try to put on a reporter for the "truth squad."(my words, not their's) They spoke of some very important stories, and how there has been no interest - such as torture. The woman who was head of CBS in Washington was whining: But there's no interest in stories about process. Another reporter contradicted her, saying that when the stories were put in the perspective of citizens' rights, that the White House was trying to lie or spin the citizens, they got a huge response. They have to write the stories that way, because the people don't like to be lied to, and really pay attention when that happens.

They agreed to do more to show how this WH spins. My opinion: this administration has embarrassed and scared them, and now many of them are pissed. I think we will see more real journalism in the next few months. I know, in their shoes, I would be pissed.
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