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  •  How is it that David Gregory (4.00)
    can get so pissed off at what he takes as a personal put-down from a lightweight like McClellan... but he and the rest of the White House Press Corpse have been DOA on:

    The war. The WMD's. The scandals. The lies. The BS. The lies. The BS.

    Geez, if Dick Cheney had just shot Jack Abramoff in right in the ass on a lobbying-hunting trip... and put off talking about it for a day... we might have had calls for impeachment already.

    The Washington Post takes the gold for most dishonorable partisan hack as an ombusperson

    by LeftHandedMan on Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 03:43:20 PM PST

    •  right how do they (none)
      justify this "cartoon moment" as RElland aptly puts it when they virtually ignore the reporting on the Cheney-Libby allegations last week.

      Or the calls to investigate Cheney by R's and D's alike that went out yesterday after the Sunday talk news cycle.

      Or the report today that Plame worked on Iran at the time of the outing. And that major damage was done to intelligence by neutralizing her.

      No, they focus on an issue that can be properly marginalized by Karl Rove. They do the WH's work for them. And these "journalists" cry all the way to the bank. All they care about are their paychecks, there's not a patriot among them.  

    •  David Gregory was just on Tweety (4.00)
      (yes, my thirst for Cheney shooting news was so acute I broke my boycott) and he said that he believes that the way Cheney chose to handle this -- and he raised the question of whether the WH had any control over Cheney -- was indicative of other matters. At least he's beginning to connect a few dots, although I agree that he could be a lot more aggressive on other stories.

      Alan Simpson was just on Tweety too, as a friend of Cheney's and fellow hunter, and HE says that the country had no need to know about this because the Vice President wasn't hurt.  As for delegating the press function to Mrs. Armstrong the ranch owner, Simpson said that ranch owners NEVER want to disclose news that there's been an accident on their ranch, as if her natural reluctance to put herself and her ranch in the media spotlight made her the PERFECT person to handle the press.  

      Simpson concluded with a tirade about how the press is unfair to Cheney because they don't like him because he's aloof.  Tweety then assured Simpson that HE (Simpson) is not aloof.

      No, not aloof.  Just freakin' BONKERS!!!

      Sometimes you cover your ass with the lame excuses you have, instead of the lame excuses you wish you had. (-3.00, -5.49)

      by litigatormom on Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 04:29:53 PM PST

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      •  Alan Simpson proved himself a jackass today (4.00)
        the ranting and raving about Cheney's critics was completely out in the fever swamp on CNN's the sit'n spin.

        Wolfie Blitzer can always be counted on to play the worst of the worst and pretend its routine commentary.

        The Washington Post takes the gold for most dishonorable partisan hack as an ombusperson

        by LeftHandedMan on Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 04:40:21 PM PST

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        •  Longstanding Jackass (4.00)
          Simpson was an especially vicious questioner of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas debacle.  I think Johnny Carson joked about milking Simpson's fangs for venom.  He ranks up there with Orrin Hatch as biggest jackass in the Senate, past or present.  His "fellow rancher to the defense" tirade is more of his same tired shit.  

          Impeach. Convict. Remove.

          by DC Scott on Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 06:14:20 PM PST

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      •  Betcha you're not going back to Tweety soon? (none)
        What a pair--him and Simpson; both assholes-first class!!!   Gregory does miss some stories, but today he was ON!!!!  NBC Nightly led with a strong lead with a lot of scepticism(sp) about the whole matter.

        "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die." - Senator Edward M. Kennedy

        by Phil S 33 on Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 05:03:47 PM PST

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    •  I enjoy watching David Gregory (4.00)
      grill McClellan at these press conferences.  He actually does a good job and is one of the ones who tends to be on our side.  At least he doesn't shill for the Administration like some of the others.  Remember how he tried to pin him down on Rove and the Plame case?  

      I think Gregory gets up in the morning for one reason, and that is to torture McClellan at press conferences , and to someday get him to spill the beans about something big.  I love watching it.

      •  He does have his moments... (none)
        I thought his questions today were hilariously good.  He is at his best when McClellan is at his most obstinate (ok, I guess that's every day).  He gets incredulous and it makes Scott McConman smile insanely as he tries to conrol himself.  These are the few moments that I think people will respond to, because it is so obviously evasive.

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