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  •  If someone from Bush's WH had written (5+ / 0-)

    an email to Woodward that was actually, explicitly threatening, he probably would have fallen all over himself to apologize and beg forgiveness to avoid being shut out.

    How can it be a "free" market if you have no other choice?

    by Troubadour on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:15:21 AM PST

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    •  Very true (6+ / 0-)

      and a lot of us have forgotten how the media behaved in those days.    Same thing happened when Clinton was elected and, to some degree, Carter.

      It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

      by Betty Pinson on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:24:26 AM PST

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      •  Even if for no other reason, we should elect Dems (6+ / 0-)

        to keep the professional news media from getting sore knees.

        How can it be a "free" market if you're forced to obey the rich?

        by Troubadour on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:28:23 AM PST

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        •  It's still sad to recall (5+ / 0-)

          Imagine your best friend since kindergarten come to work for you at the WH and is hounded so badly by the news media (over non-issues) that he commits suicide.  Then the same news media who hounded him to death accuses your wife of murdering him.

          I don't know how the Clinton's put up with it.

          It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

          by Betty Pinson on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:36:32 AM PST

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          •  To be fair, that was the Arkansas Project. (0+ / 0-)

            Not the cocktail circuit.  But they loved hammering Clinton on anything he did that deviated in the slightest from the GOP Mastur Plan for America.

            How can it be a "free" market if you're forced to obey the rich?

            by Troubadour on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:52:53 AM PST

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            •  IIRC, the cocktail circuit (2+ / 0-)
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              was happy to pile on.   It was a very diverse media scrum.

              It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

              by Betty Pinson on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 11:11:57 AM PST

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              •  I don't think they ever played the Vince Foster CT (1+ / 0-)
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                card in their coverage.  But they sure did love all the sex scandal innuendos later on, and were happy to blame Bill for pretty much anything and everything - except, of course, for anything he actually did wrong in his actual capacity as President (e.g., NAFTA, China trade, welfare evisceration, etc.)

                How can it be a "free" market if you're forced to obey the rich?

                by Troubadour on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 11:26:48 AM PST

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                •  The WH Travel Office scandal involved the press (4+ / 0-)
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                  After Clinton took office in 1993, it was found that the Bush  holdovers in the Travel Office were involved in mismanagement and possible illegal activities involving the handling of funds used to pay for the travel of members of the WH press corps.  It was later found that there were financial improprieties in the office since the Reagan Administration.  

                  Some members of the news media, including the Villagers, were at risk of being caught up in this scandal because it appeared some of them benefited financially from it.

                  When MacLarty and Foster fired the Bush holdovers and launched an FBI investigation, the Villagers panicked and piled on the media attack.

                  It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

                  by Betty Pinson on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 11:54:00 AM PST

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        •  Think there was a book "On Bended Knee" (1+ / 0-)
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          written during the Reagan administration about how they were forced to bow down to get any information.

          "Forever is composed of nows." Emily Dickinson

          by Leftovers on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 01:25:58 PM PST

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    •  Dick Cheney Shot His Friend in the Face (7+ / 0-)

      and his friend apologized to Cheney.

      This post is dedicated to myself, without whom, I'd be somebody else. Though I'd still be an asshole. My Music: [http://www.myspace.com/beetwasher]

      by Beetwasher on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:35:30 AM PST

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      •  Out of abject terror. (4+ / 0-)

        IIRC, his apology to Cheney was the first words out of his mouth - he was so deeply sorry to have embarrassed his Dear Friend by getting in the way of his shotgun blast.  The Fourth Branch could have imported housekeepers from North Korea without having to give them too much instruction on how to behave around His Lordship.

        How can it be a "free" market if you're forced to obey the rich?

        by Troubadour on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:51:18 AM PST

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        •  And There Was No Investigation. (6+ / 0-)

          At all. By anyone.

          Not even Bob Woodward.

          This post is dedicated to myself, without whom, I'd be somebody else. Though I'd still be an asshole. My Music: [http://www.myspace.com/beetwasher]

          by Beetwasher on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 11:03:50 AM PST

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          •  They seem to care more about (1+ / 0-)
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            a sitting vice-President's comments about firearms (VP Biden) than a sitting vice-President blasting someone in the face with one (VP Cheney).

            "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

            by FiredUpInCA on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 02:54:35 PM PST

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            •  Cheney could have shot a nun on live TV (2+ / 0-)
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              and then danced a jig on her face and they would have said nothing about it.  The Fourth Branch was not subject to question, period.  That's why to this day there is no official, comprehensive public record of exactly who worked for him, and why he was never required to testify under oath, about anything, ever - not even at Scooter Libby's trial.  

              They call it a "free" market because they expect you to work for free.

              by Troubadour on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 03:17:28 PM PST

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