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You knew the moment was coming: the one where somebody called Bush on the utter hypocrisy of him lecturing other countries on human rights and democratic values:

Dan Froomkin's column in today Washington post sets the Scene and then Makes like an angry blogger and does a devastating demolition of Bush's answer:

It was an amazing moment: After the introductory comments, Andrey Kolesnikov, a correspondent for the Russian business newspaper Kommersant, got up and said -- albeit not so succinctly, and not in English -- Hey, no wonder you guys see eye to eye! You're both authoritarians.
This prompted Bush to launch into a possibly unprecedented defense of himself as a democratic leader. He did it by describing his view of the country.
And while Putin didn't challenge what Bush said, there have been some news reports of late that suggest that things may not be as black and white as Bush said.
<jump for pure brilliance>

"I live in a transparent country.
* Cadre grows to rein in message; Ranks of federal public affairs officials have swelled under Bush to help tighten control on communiques to media, access to information, Newsday, Feb. 24, 2005;

Administration Paid Commentator; Education Dept. Used Williams to Promote 'No Child' Law, Washington Post, Jan. 8, 2005;

Groups raise concerns about increased classification of documents,, Oct. 27, 2004.

"I live in a country where decisions made by government are wide open and people are able to call people to -- me to account, which many out here do on a regular basis.

* High Court Backs Vice President; Energy Documents Shielded for Now, Washington Post, June 25, 2004;

Mr. President, will you answer the question?,, Dec. 3, 2004;

Bush Says Election Ratified Iraq Policy, Washington Post, Jan. 16, 2005 (in which Bush says: "We had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 elections.")

"Our laws and the reasons why we have laws on the books are perfectly explained to people. Every decision we have made is within the Constitution of the United States. We have a constitution that we uphold.
* How U.S. rewrote terror law in secrecy; White House group devised new system in aftermath of 9/11, New York Times, Oct. 24, 2004;

In Cheney's Shadow, Counsel Pushes the Conservative Cause, Washington Post, Oct. 11, 2004;

Slim Legal Grounds for Torture Memos; Most Scholars Reject Broad View of Executive's Power, Washington Post, July 4, 2004.

"And if there's a question as to whether or not a law meets that constitution, we have an independent court system through which that law is reviewed.

. Recount 2000: Decision Sharpens the Justices' Divisions; Dissenters See Harm to Voting Rights and the Court's Own Legitimacy, Washington Post, Dec. 13, 2000;

Scalia Won't Sit Out Case On Cheney; Justice's Memo Details Hunting Trip With VP, Washington Post, March 19, 2004.

"So I'm perfectly comfortable in telling you our country is one that safeguards human rights and human dignity, and we resolve our disputes in a peaceful way."

* Torture at Abu Ghraib, the New Yorker, May 10, 2004;

Ground War Starts, Airstrikes Continue As U.S. Keeps Focus on Iraq's Leaders, Washington Post, March 21, 2003.

Originally posted to Magorn on Fri Feb 25, 2005 at 01:10 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Is this a first? (4.00)
    I've liked Froomkin's Blog-esque WH round up in the post for quite a while, and he certainly was an early booster of the Gannon story (before us even).  But I think this is an MSM first.  Not merely reporting the president's words but actualy Analyzing them and calling him out when the facts don;t quite match up with the speech.   Now if we could only get this going as a trend.

    Knowledge is power Power Corrupts Study Hard Be Evil

    by Magorn on Fri Feb 25, 2005 at 01:09:28 PM PST

  •  Wow. (none)
    Great post.  You pretty much nailed it.  

    Too bad that reporter didnt have access to all of these links for his follow-up.  Of course, after that question, its pretty much guaranteed that he wont be allowed anywhere near Bush (or Putin) again.  

    Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St. Clemens...

    by Billy Shears on Fri Feb 25, 2005 at 01:09:52 PM PST

  •  And also -- (none)
    in a recent second circuit decision on Novack's felonious leak of the cia operative, two unrelated journalists were ordered to reveal their source or go to jail, based on a secret court decision comprised of eight blank white pages.

    The NY Times reports:

    Aspects of the case remain secret. Mr. Fitzgerald submitted secret evidence to the appeals court that neither the reporters nor their lawyers were allowed to see. And the public version of Judge Tatel's concurrence includes eight blank pages along with the notation that they have been redacted.

    That is scary, Ms. Miller said.

    "I risk going to jail," she said, "for a story I didn't write, for reasons a court won't explain."

    Scary indeed.

  •  Guess I'm not the only one (none)
    who almost puked when I heard that BS spewing from Dear Leaders mouth yesterday! Thanks for the post..
    •  I also watched it, and it ruined my entire day. (none)
      And I have just one question.... WHEN ARE WE GOING TO STOP LETTING HIM GET AWAY WITH THIS SHIT?????
      •  I think Maybe now (4.00)
         that's the real significance of Froomkin's column.   He's a staff reporter for on of the biggest newspapers in the country and he just gave Bush a hard left in the Chops.  I think the MSM like the rest of us had a sick little feeling in the pit of their stomachs when they heard that question from the Russian reporter and realized that, in essence he was right and this is how the world now sees us, as only slighlty better than Putin's Russia.

        Knowledge is power Power Corrupts Study Hard Be Evil

        by Magorn on Fri Feb 25, 2005 at 02:01:02 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  thanks for posting this (none)
    Froomkin shows us how it's done

    lather, rinse, repeat

  •  Head up from "This Week in Fascism" (none)
         I have a policy of letting diary authors know what I said about their diaries in my series on "This Week in Fascism."

         Come on over and let me know what you think about my comments. I also remind the Authors that I probably recommended their diaries and am consistantly the top recommended each week. Hint! Hint!

         without further ado here is what I said.

         Magorn gave us some insight on Bush's comments about how our government is Free? Transparent? Open? : You've got to be Joking. It appears that Bush's remarks concerning our government were written by Kool-aid swilling White House Aids. You must see what Bush said and Magorn's citations that prove that the President didn't have a clue about what is really happening in this country. This fits in here since this falls under the heading of “we're right even when we're wrong” file.

    "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

    by Tomtech on Sun Feb 27, 2005 at 09:02:15 PM PST

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