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cornermouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:00 AM
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No guts, no grace Press, including Bob Novak, kneels before King George
Molly Ivins

http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=2118...

SAN FRANCISCO -- Do you think the Bush administration is going after the press? The San Francisco Chronicle says on the front page this morning, "Cameraman Jailed for Not Yielding Tape," whereas The New York Times is reporting, "U.S. Wins Access to Reporter Phone Records." I'm feeling like a bunny trying to outrun a pack of wolfhounds.

Sometimes the press enjoys scaring itself or pretending it is about to be made into a bunch of martyrs. This is not one of those times. We are under full attack now, and it is time to fight. I am not infuriated by the performance of the press so far, but I am disgusted. Bob Novak is the most notable traitor, but others are leaping for political favors as they rush to insist The New York Times shouldn't print the news (and occasionally, quite old news at that). I fail to see how Fox News and other right-wing outlets have so little imagination they cannot picture themselves in the same corner come a Democratic administration. What goes around comes around and all that good stuff, but to set it up so that payback is hell for yourself is tragically, deeply dumb. I have watched the D.C. press corps play courtier to Bush since he openly insulted Helen Thomas, who is not only a first-rate journalist, but a lady as well. Shame on you all. No principle, no guts, no grace.

On another topic, I was talking to a guy named Andy the other night when he observed that unlike President Bush, he had learned first-hand that diplomacy works with skunks. He was speaking of skunks, the striped, tail-up-bad-sign kind, but they seem a perfect metaphor for the rest of what he laughingly calls Bush's diplomatic strategery -- at which point the proper response is to ask, "What diplomatic strategery?" Has anyone seen a foreign policy lately? Does anyone still know what containment means? These are, after all, the people who were against arms control because Bill Clinton was for it....
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Syrinx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:07 AM
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1. kicked and voted for
Molly Ivins is the best.
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Syrinx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:14 AM
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2. that guy named Andy
Could his last name maybe be "Card?"
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:39 AM
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3. I wonder...
Card was not a complete moron but I can't imagine him fraternizing with the enemy, but it might have been Rooney. That is who snapped into my admittedly unawake mind.
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