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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-12-07 10:32 AM
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6. A salient point that has gone largely overlooked
And McEnroe nails it precisely: Every other journalist in the land is on the record at all times unless by prior agreement with the subject, they go off the record. For Russert, everything's a dry run, a free pass, a rehearsal. If someone says something revealing to Russert, they are secure in the knowledge that Timmeh won't air their comment without asking first "Mother may I?" No wonder he's the go-to guy for this administration: When Unca Dick wants to rant and rave about how unfair it all is that the people are demanding to know what their elected officials are up to, he knows he can vent to Russert who won't say a word publicly about it. But inevitably, Cheney also knows that Russert will be infected by the contagion of his madness, and will tilt his commentary to conform with Cheney's. So Timmeh goes on the air, presents Cheney's squealings as his own, and credulous people get the impression that it's somehow underhanded for the public to know what their elected officials are up to.

No, you really don't have to watch Meet the Press.
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