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    Remember, on the uptick, it was not just Bush making a speech.  It was the entire right-wing echo chamber trumpeting the speech.  And it was the entire mass media of the US reporting on the speech... mostly very uncritically.

    And if there was a Democratic response of any sort, I don't remember seeing it covered.  There certainly didn't seem to be any sort of Democratic effort to respond to the speech.

    The mass media of this country reports what Bush said without any reference to the fact that he lies to the American people in virtually every speech he gives.  And they report what Bush says without doing any serious fact-checking of their own about what Bush says.  Its usually simply, "the great leader has spoken and presented the solution to the problem in Iraq."

    Given all of this, to me its not surprising that he got an uptick in the polls.  Not a massive turn around, mind you, but just a little uptick around the margins of error.

    If this really was a turning point in Iraq, then it might stick and even grow.  But given that Iraq will be as much of a mess as ever a month from now, this uptick will be long forgotten by even then.  Enough of the reality of what's happening in Iraq will filter in through the mass media where this entire speech will be forgotten .... except of course for bloggers going back and tearing it apart months from now when its obvious that the reality on the ground in Iraq had nothing to do with Bush's fantasy visions.


    "Everyone should go back to Africa, especially black people." -- Richard Pryor

    by COBear on Wed Dec 21, 2005 at 12:52:32 PM PST

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