November 29, 2005
-- by Dave Johnson
It's like living in the old Soviet Union where the press reported only what the government allowed, and all was propaganda. Now they are rallying around the Republicans. Expect worse as the pushback gets underway.
Just a few examples, from just today....
Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and her book publisher are upset about Associated Press and Reuters photos that allegedly presented a misleading impression of her book signing last weekend in Texas.
... Photos of the event, carried widely on the Web, and then picked up by conservative blogs, seemed to imply that the book signing was a bust. The photos showed Sheehan looking dejected, sitting at a table, with no one in the tent except for a couple of photographers. The AP caption simply read: “Anti-war activist CindySheehan waits for people to show up at her book signing near President Bush's ranch on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005 in Crawford, Texas.”
The Washington Post, which carried Evan Vucci's AP photo, noted that at a protest the same day Sheehan had addressed a crowd of only about 100. “In the morning,” the Post observed, “Sheehan signed copies of her new book, being published this week, for an even smaller crowd,” although it cited bad weather as a possible factor.
But in a statement today, Sheehan accused “right-wing” sites of “spreading a false story that nobody bought my book at Camp Casey on Saturday. That is not true, I sold all 100 copies and got writer's cramp signing them. Photos were taken of me before the people got in line to have me sign the book. We made $2000 for the peace house.”
From tomorrow's Times ...And,Though some Republican officials said Democrats in Congress were equally guilty of questionable behavior, including lobbyist-paid trips and underreporting of campaign contributions, they acknowledged that Republicans, because they control the White House and Congress, are being held to a higher standard by many voters. They also expressed shock and embarrassment at the extent of Mr. Cunningham's wrongdoing, which the president described on Tuesday as "outrageous."
...Chris Matthews tonight on Hardball. Chris verifies that DC corruption is a bipartisan issue.And more there.
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This one is funny, but it does tell the story. Nightline reported that Donald Rumsfeld said that calling them insurgents so he was calling them something really dumb and awkward and the general doing press duty kept tripping up on it and trying not to laugh about how stupid it was.
President Bush was also trying new names without much luck.
They may be losing this battle to change the language about the war, but the press has let us know they will go along with almost anything that can slide in or out of their mouths.
Posted by: grannyinsanity at November 29, 2005 10:30 PM
I really need an editor...
"Donald Rumsfeld said that calling them insurgents" makes them sound legitimate so he wants everybody to call them something else.
Posted by: grannyinsanity at November 29, 2005 10:36 PM
Olberman carried a clip of that on Countdown grannyinsanity. Gen. Whatshisname had to apologize to the Sec. of Defense for using unapproved words in the English language twice. He said he couldn't come up with a better word than "insurgents."
The kindest word I can come up with for Tweety is rightwingnut sockpuppet. Matthews is a more blatant conservative suckup than O'Reilly. Can somebody file a FOIA request to see if Tweety is on the WH payroll?
Today we get the president's "plan" for Iraq. Not only a speech but a nice, shiny booklet as well. We'll see how many people fall for this.
Posted by: MJ at November 30, 2005 5:56 AM
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