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Access Journalism.


After the fact.

*This video comments on why we may never see reporting on This is version 2 of this video*

*This is version 1 of the same video. It runs twice as fast as was intended, so many elements go by too fast.*

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On Monday, March 26, 2007, Henry Waxman's office posted on his House Oversight Committee Website a significant notice, which probably everyone here has read, yet the mainstream press has purposely blacked out: Committee Directs RNC to Preserve White House Emails

Citing evidence that senior White House officials are using RNC and other political email accounts to avoid leaving a record of official communications, Chairman Waxman directs the Republican National Committee and the Bush-Cheney ’04 Campaign to preserve the emails of White House officials and to meet with Committee staff to explain how the accounts are managed and what steps are being taken to protect the emails from destruction and tampering.

( Speaker Pelosi's further details at her official blog, The Gavel. )

Three days later, on Thursday, March 29th, with even further information about servers coming out, Waxman followed up, this time with a letter to White House Counsel Fred Fielding.  Rep. Waxman Requests Information on White House E-Mail Policies

Following new revelations that White House officials have been conducting official business using nongovernmental e-mail accounts, Chairman Waxman asks White House Counsel Fred Fielding for information and a briefing regarding White House e-mail policies.

To date, these simple but important facts have been shutout, not reported on, ignored by the mainstream media. (If they have been reported at all, the issue has been minimized, buried, or given no context as to its significance.) This is nothing new (see: Runup to Iraq Invasion). Contrasted by what is reported as news routinely, the basic competency and judgment of the White House Press Corps, corporate media newsrooms, editors and editorial and publishers is not only severely lacking, but it also indicates what can only reasonably be seen as concerted efforts to hide critical information for American citizens, some of whom still believe what they see on their nightly news on TV. Other than Helen Thomas, it's possible that not a single other member of the White House Press Corp follows any kind of fundamental precepts and methodologies about news gathering and reporting presumably learned in Journalism 101.

For those who are less familiar with the significance of the routine usage of by Karl Rove and others, circumventing the official White House email system, these actions by Waxman relate to a gap in the Department of Justice's "data dump" of emails and documents pertaining to the firing of United States Attorneys. More specifically, it was noted that certain correspondence to/from DOJ was not routed through the official US Govt secure email system, but rather through email domains including -- which were quickly discovered to be under the control and management of the Republican National Committee -- and the Bush-Cheney 04 Campaign organization.

Numerous great diaries have been written here (search tag ) speculating it's possible that critical "missing" emails were written, sent and received by various parties involved in the planning and execution of the firing of the US Attorneys -- but these emails were routed through and other non-government domains -- with specific intent to cover-up the tracks of who was making these firing decisions... and who finally gave the final okay. Was President Bush involved? What role did karl Rove play?

Waxman's notice to the RNC and Bush-Cheney 04 Campaign seemed like a major story -- and it is. But it's not being reported in the mainstream media.

David Gregory, White House Correspondent for NBC News, has avoided it like the plague. So, it was very odd when, at the recent annual Correspondents Dinner, who should get up onstage to perform a rap song with featured "performer" Karl Rove other than Silver haired Soulman himself, The Gregory. So much the press staying at arms length form chummy relationships with govt officials they supposedly are covering as part of their jobs.

That was bad enough. But what followed the next day was even worse. The Gregory was all suited up for a live field report for the Today Show with Matt Lauer & Meredith Vieira. Gregory was tickled pink at his suave performance the night before, and explained how he and co-cool Mr. Producer didn't think Rove could handle the hip factor like they could -- when to their surprise, he came through.

It's all very light and charming I'm sure -- perfect banter for a morning show... and the onscreen graphics even celebrated NBC's own "David Gregory". Then Meredith asked in that scripted kind of way "So are they letting you keep your Press Pass?" Hah-hahs ensued, and David assured them that he'd have no problem taking on the tough questions needed to be asked of Rove -- that he was used to this professional discipline (not his words).

The best words to describe how I felt seeing that Today segment was nausea. So, I took screenshots of web pages that sort of told this story of "Access Journalism" (= "No Journalism as trade for access to marketable quotes"), pulled them into iPhoto, and made this short video. It's my tribute to The Gregory -- and all his sad-sack overpaid under-performing colleagues.  It's a first cut, so it could be shortened, and should be. :)


Also, earlier I had written some Silver Dilaogue, and may as well paste it in below for atmospherics.

David's Script:

(First, spray hair; then stand at that weird angle you always stand at, with head tilted slightly downward. Put a mic in your hand so you have something to hold)

"...Hey Come on! All in good fun!

Sheesh! No wonder you bloggers are so disrespected. Jeeez, loosen up already.

It's what we do, one day a year. Big deal. You guys take everything so seriously. Like it's a federal case that I interact with an adversary.

Well he's not my adversary. He's got a job to do, and he does it. So do I. We all do.  You may not like what he does, but he does it well, and that's why he gets my respect.

So he outed Valerie Plame, that's old news. I deal in new news. And I'm told there was no underlying crime, so there you have it.

You gotta admit, the guy was hilarious. You guys have got that whole elite Colbert thing. Well let me tell ya, he wasn't funny. He may in fact BE funny, but he wasn't that night. It's a party for god's sake. For one night out of the year, we're off-duty. That's a good thing. We re-charge our batteries. It's how we do what we do, with all the long hours.

The old school guys never let off some steam. That's why Rather imploded. Guy never learned a thing from Ed Bradley. You gotta chill.

So he maybe strategized some of the US Attorney removals. They're political appointments. So they can be removed for political reasons.  John Roberts and I looked that one up. (You gotta hand it to Terry, though. The guy is so straight-laced, he looks up everything. Bad time management. But he's a good guy. Shoots a good game of pool-- when he's not wasted... I'm kidding! I kid!

Anyway, get over yourselves. So the guy uses two Blackberrys for work. Who doesn't? I do. One for NBC, and one for palling around with my DC buds. I still stay in touch with Scotty. Gotta love that dude! Couple a times a week Radich and I would work out a routine -- just to see how many times we could ask a variation of question, so he'd do that "As I said just a moment ago, David, there's a time and a place for comments, and at a another time in the future I'd be happy to answer your questions, but out of respect for the process, it's our policy to not comment during an ongoing investigation." Ha hah! We counted once, it was 21! Nice guy though. His Mom cooks a killer meatloaf too, by the way.

Yeah, so what he questioned my patriotism. That's what this town does. Everyone does it, that's why you gotta grown thick skin. That's the problem with you bloggers. Everytime someone comes to your site from Free Republic, you get these caniption fits. Grow up, man. That's the thing you don't get. No one's you enemy unless you make them your enemy. I was fortunate enough to hang with Tony Robbins couple years ago, the guy's got a gift.

Listen I gotta exit. Got the 4:30 promo to shoot -- and no shit, Karl and I are going to be reprising the Hammer for Dick tonight. Andrea's going to join us. By the way you'd never believe her age. Swear to god she doesn't look a day over 40. Good genes, lucky gal. Outa here dudes, my job comes first, and gotta -- hang on, that's my Crackberry. ... No no, no encryption. I'm dialed in, they got the whole next-gen , and it's sweet.

Originally posted to rhfactor on Sat Mar 31, 2007 at 04:23 PM PDT.

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  • Is this story really that significant? (8+ / 0-)

    ... Or, from a dispassionate third party view, is it a little premature to assign it so much value? Would prior generations of news reporters taken a night off to be so chummy with Karl Rove? And is there any coordinated campaign we can mount to visibly discredit this type of non-reporting of important government-related news, and the obvious conflicts of interest created by the practice of Access Journalism?

  •  great video (5+ / 0-)

    I hope they all fry.

    statusquomustgo...and it did...whooooops, not done yet

    by Statusquomustgo on Sat Mar 31, 2007 at 04:27:59 PM PDT

    •  thank you (1+ / 0-)
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      it lost a lot of clarity and timing in the compression/uploading process. It looks and "reads" a whole lot better in hi-rez video.

      Not sure where I would post such formats. Full hi-rez .mov is 137 MB. 320x240 .mov format is 55 MB .

      I also need some time to eliminate some redundancies, which you only see after final assembly.

  •  Yep. (8+ / 0-)

    I was mildly surprised when a relatively 'non-political' colleague at work simply asked with reference to the rove rap act: 'How many people were killed in Iraq yesterday?'

    It's just not funny any more, is it?

    Thanks. Rec'd.

    You kids behave or I'm turning this universe around RIGHT NOW! - god

    by Clem Yeobright on Sat Mar 31, 2007 at 04:34:04 PM PDT

    •  it's not funny at all -- and I would like to know (4+ / 0-)

      ... what kind of Press-Govt joking was done at these Correspondent Dinners during the Vietnam War days?

      I just can't fathom the old school would have in any way tolerated the infamous Bush spoof video on not finding WMDs... "Nope, not under there. What about over here? Heh heh..."

      It's just another plummet in expectations. I would have thought that after that debacle several years ago, they'd at least show more respect to the "ongoing situation: in Iraq and refrain their comments -- just as they do for "ongoing investigations".

      it's nothing new to be sick of the Press Corp. Any "new vigilance" we may see here and there is only attributable to marketing: The 06 elections had consequences on them too. Criticizing Bush is "in", thus they'll get eyeballs if they do it.

      Unfortunately they are still driven by the larger abuse of journalistic standards: the substitution of prodded "he said/she said" 2-party soundbites for actual analysis.

      We know there is no correction for the corporate media. Thus the increasing Citizen Journalism initiatives coming from ePluribusmedia, PoliticsTV, Firedoglake, Marcy Wheeler and now TPM -- as well as citizen projects by former San Jose Mercury reporter Dan Gilmore -- are the only way. And thankfully it's now possible through simplified video distribution via YouTube.

  •  David Gregory really blew his credibility (9+ / 0-)

    And made a complete ass of himself with that "performance."

    And yes, the big media in general is disgusting.  The elite and powerful stick together.  Their allegiances lie more with each other than with the people of this country, or with anything like fairness...much less democracy.

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." -- Abraham Lincoln

    by chumley on Sat Mar 31, 2007 at 04:37:10 PM PDT

  •  Gregory blows hot and cold. (0+ / 0-)

    But, he knows who butters his bread.

    I guarantee 100% the impeachment/resignation (in disgrace) of Cheney&Bush. I am the Hellhound of Impeachment and I WILL prevail.

    by Ghost of Frank Zappa on Sat Mar 31, 2007 at 04:38:13 PM PDT

  •  david gregory (1+ / 0-)
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    seems to be playing one of those macho games with bush.  watch it, gregory.  you're becoming his monkey. is it worth it to have your very own nick-name from a worthless dickhead?

  •  Judith Miller Journalism (5+ / 0-)
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    deben, rhfactor, Blueiz, Luetta, dotster

    Not only the silence on these email addresses, but the silence for several months on the USA firings, the lack of press on that Lurita Doan testimony, (our ultimate taxpayer watchdog!)... etc. shows that Judith was not an exception, but the best of the breed.

    Woodward, another blue ribbon example, knows what he did, and got his penance out early.

    Are they incompetent, lazy or just journalist socialites? Citizen reporters on Koz and elsewhere prove you don't need a rolodex to get a scoop.  

    The internet came around just in time!  It might just save our republic from the military-industrial-communications complex.

  •  I agree with (1+ / 0-)
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    all of you who say media is too close. It blows my mind to watch on TV how these people with thier overblown egos have made the news about themselves. are they aware there's a war going on2 actually-haven't heard about Afghanistan in a while. Hey, how 'bout that USA scandal?
     I guess they think that by ignoring those little PEW polls that say over 6-%are against the war-we'll all just go away.

    And we the internet.

  •  "I'm told there was no underlying crime" (1+ / 0-)
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    Are the people that told him that the same "some people" per Katie Couric's interview with the Edwards?
     Who told him that?  Were they attorneys experienced in espionage and/or the Constitution?
     Never thought I would say that The TODAY Show has sunk lower after Couric left.

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Sat Mar 31, 2007 at 04:49:50 PM PDT

  •  I just can't laugh at any of them, no matter what (3+ / 0-)
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    deben, Pam from Calif, Bronx59

    Maybe if they fell into a huge pile of shit....nope, not even then.

    All I want from Congress is...IMPEACHMENT!

    by Temmoku on Sat Mar 31, 2007 at 04:55:51 PM PDT

  •  A Video Is Worth (3+ / 0-)
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    deben, Blueiz, Bronx59

    a million words! This is exactly why we cannot ever, ever trust the MSM. It's a corporate hoax on this country.

    "Live right. Think left." Gregory Peck

    by bookwoman on Sat Mar 31, 2007 at 05:02:37 PM PDT

  •  How Much E-Mail? (9+ / 0-)

    How much e-mail do you suppose  that David Gregory and lots of other reporters have been receiving from Karl Rove@gwb43 over the years?

    Karl supposedly e-mails reporters like crazy from his blackberry.  I'll bet most Washington reporters have known about that e-mail address for years.  They just didn't notice it or understand its significance.

    Bush's only "exit strategy" is to let somebody else figure it out in 2009.

    by Tod on Sat Mar 31, 2007 at 05:07:23 PM PDT

    •  I never thought about this til now, but it makes (6+ / 0-)

      ...*perfect sense*.

      How else were all these "deep double secret background" conversations set up.

      I must have a had a blind side. Because it just hit me like a ton of bricks that probably MANY of these white house press corp text message or communicate with Karl Rove and Tony Snow via .. which would explain (if true) why they are not inclined to report on this.

      After all, what if an audit were performed on their own emails --- and how many of them have been breaking their own News Organizations' protocols for communication methods and tracking ?

      What a terrible thing to have to ponder. But it surely makes a lot of sense.

    •  MSM used to getting emails from (3+ / 0-)
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      deben, rhfactor, kafkananda

      WOW. That theory explains more of their behavior regarding this story than anything I've been able to come up with. They're so used to seeing emails from this address that they literally don't see it anymore, so they don't see it as a story. Thanks for bringing this up.

      A word after a word after a word is power. -- Margaret Atwood

      by tmo on Sat Mar 31, 2007 at 05:40:04 PM PDT

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  •  I hope the people being questioned (1+ / 0-)
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    by Congress about the attorney firings are asked what email addresses they used. I hope Sampson is asked this in his followup written questions.

    Nice job follwing this, obviosuly the corporate media has more entertaining issues to address.

    McCain Defends Bush's Iraq Strategy

    by ctsteve on Sat Mar 31, 2007 at 05:22:44 PM PDT

  •  Brit Hume Played Tennis With GHWB41! (4+ / 0-)
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    tmo, rhfactor, Pam from Calif, kafkananda

    I remember when Brit Hume was ABC News' WH correspondent back when Papa Bush ran the show. I remember hearing then that Brit regularly played tennis with the prez. A reporter playing tennis with the prez?!

    Right then, it destroyed any cedibility I gave Brit's coverage of the WH. And we all know how that story ended, with Brit being a neocon head cheerleader on Faux News.

    Ya dance with them that brought ya, David. Or, them that bought ya. Either way, Gregory has been slimed big time by his rap with KKKarl Kaiser, a felon-in- waiting.

    Gregory has lost all credibility to cover the WH and its cabal of criminals. Maybe he should hip-hop on over to Faux too.

    Great video.


  •  My guess: The media are implicated (5+ / 0-)

    by correspondence via that server.

    •  now that I've thought about it, it HAS to be (4+ / 0-)
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      deben, Luetta, kafkananda, galaxy33

      Has anybody read or watched a mainstream news report that simply reports that White House staff have been (had been) using the private server ?

      They suppress LOTS of stuff that the blogosphere is often 2-3 years out in front of. So the idea that they're not reporting this isn't surprising at all -- given the whole drop the ball performance in runup to iraq.

      But this suddenly seems a bit different. Reporting on the existence of something that could implicate you and the methods you use in conduction your business as a credentialed White House Press Correspondent is not in anyone's best interest.

      You have to wonder, of the current batch of Press Corps, who specifically do you believe would NOT participate at all in corresponding to a Rove or other White House official using ?

      They're protecting their own. The Matt Cooper/ Judy miller thing could have much deeper layers to them when you suddenly present the idea that maybe a lot of correspondence has occurred via backchannels.

  •  Terrific Video (1+ / 0-)
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    Great job on this one. Are you going to upload it to You Tube?

    Would love to see this go viral.

    Definitely recommended.

    •  thanks! was away most of the day, Need FEEDBACK! (0+ / 0-)

      It is at YouTube already.  If you double click on the embedded video in the post, it opens a new window and goes to the corresponding page at . (just as an fyi -- this happens with any YouTube video which is embedded in a webpage. Double-clicking will take you to the video as displayed on YouTube.)

      I hope you may sees this post and reply again -- since this thread did not make it to recommend status and it will likely never see the light of day again :)  I need some feedback:

      (1) this version that was posted had a problem when exporting it out of iPhoto (the app in which it was assembled).  Due to some error I can't figure out, every "slide" runs here at twice the speed/duration as designed in the source video, thus making it hard to comprehend the data on these moving images.

      (2) This makes the slideshow run at 3+ minutes vs 6 minutes. While it's better to have a shorter running time and brisk pace, the digestion of information presented is hampered quite a bit.

      (3) Thus, for those in mainstream who have no idea about the Oversight Committee, or what Congress is trying to find out re decision-making about the fired US Attorneys, or what in the world is, or even who David Gregory is, the video, at this faster pace, is not successful in its communication. And probably, if anything, reads as a bunch of fast-moving images set to music.

      (4) But to really comprehend this concept of Access Journalism  and the way-too-chummy relationships between Press Corp members and the White House subjects they report about, there are essential points to establish for this video to "read" properly.

      (5) In addition, because many of the source images are screenshots I captured from web videos, the images are degraded... And when the video file is compressed for display on youTube, this hampers the visual communication further.

      I don't have the time immediately to troubleshoot the speed issues, and the compression quality. But hopefully this week I can make some chnages and try to adjust the shot durations.

      QUESTION for anyone who's reading this:

      Let's say you know the key points already about, about David Gregory's inappropriate rap dance with karl Rove -- compromising his already strained credibilty as a real journalist, and about the press not reporting this story, and about the whole concept of GOP/ White House purposely ignoring the email communication protocols for preservation of documents, and for safe and secure transmission of sensitive govt info, creating national security risks by using non-secure servers for business of the United States Government ---- I want you to pretend you don't know any of that:  Now, what needs to be communicated better?

      thank you.

  •  video (1+ / 0-)
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    great diary and video.

    Hope, Pride, and Survival.... Let's get going...Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

    by triciawrites on Sat Mar 31, 2007 at 06:53:00 PM PDT

  •  Faded ending to...ass? (1+ / 0-)
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    You need to close far stronger than that sort of immature ending in fading to ASS...

    Truth is being assassinated.
    Accountability is being assassinated.
    Trust is being assassinated.
    Justice has been assassinated.
    Fair and balanced now means crackpot conservatives get to be treated with equal or greater respect than scientists, true experts, and evidence based criticism.

    The media has largely stood by and let it happen unannounced.  Aside from Helen Thomas, who is putting the really tough questions in front of the White House?

    The media has largely been assimulated and embedded by W's propoganda catapaulters and CIA infiltration.  Media consolidation under FOUR major owners means it is far too concentrated and beholden to a few CEOs and the CIA to give us the sort of 4th Estate protections envisioned by our founding fathers.  

    Fox News has nothing to do with being Fair and Balanced and everything to do with bashing Democratic Party representatives and interests while supporting the White House agenda with unquestioning loyalty.  Cheney won't tolerate news from any other source.

    Independent investigations that don't care if toe nail paint is chipped, let alone toes rolled over, are rare in a time with unprecedented amounts of outrageous scandal, corruption, high crimes, misdemeanors, torture, breaches of international treaties, breaches of civil liberties, impeachable offences, lost liberties and freedoms, and grossly missing accountability.  Those attempting to bring such investigations forward get hit with lawsuits, swiftboating, loss of employment, and other legal obstacles.

    When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

    by antirove on Sat Mar 31, 2007 at 08:36:15 PM PDT

    •  I totally agree with you (0+ / 0-)

      ... The whole "A" is for _______ notion came to me after an all-nighter assembling the images. It was a last minute addition, and i was too tired to have good judgment.

      I agree that "ass" is immature and undercuts any prior strength. And since I only spent 10 minutes messing with the text, i was initially just going to leave it at "A is for Access" (the primary problem).

      Then it hit me that they are, in many ways, accessories to the crimes perpetrated against America by their abdication of all responsibilities as 4th estate checks and balances. So I thought: hmm, I'll extend "access" and add accesory. Only at that point did I think about other "A" words.  And the general-knowledge criminal notion of "accessory after the fact" seemed worth playing with, since their job as journalist is to acquire and seek the facts, and report them in content for understanding. yet with Iraq war, they went along with the orchestrated drumbeat, killing off criticisms and anyone contesting the Bush-fed information.

      They totally had their facts wrong.  And 2-3-4 years later they have in some ways conceded this. but likewise in the CIA Outing case, the mainstream press were so far behind the aggressive reporting and analysis from bloggers like marcy wheeler that by the time the press bothered to report at all, they were just printing facts after the fact, stuff that was investigated by non-press.

      This is the total extent of the thinking I spent 10 minutes on while prepping the graphics, and I am just explaining it here so you can see where my thoughts were flowing.  the fading "ASS" was really my solution for wanting to actually call them assholes -- and knowing that would ruin the piece be sounding, as you cite, immature. So, i'd take the "ass" out ... (that sounds funny) ... but...

      ... The idea you raise of "A is for Assasination" of ______, _________, and ________ is very intriguing.

      If anyone reads this post, and antirove's post above, please give me feedback:  Should there be a graphic tag at all at the end?

      If so, how would you extend, if at all, the A-List ?

      (It could be like the Toyota commercials where a whole list of words swap out for the other very rapidly.) Then again, is it just adding stuff that leaves the end unbalanced?

      Thanks for the feedback.

      •  Assassination afterthought (1+ / 0-)
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        Put cross-hairs on the text-facts shown as Truth.
        Show the ammunition being fired against it.
        Show Joe Wilson opinion page.
        Show the assault launched against him and his wife with Novak, et al.  Show the assassination of Jennings Brewster and the shutdown of our major foreign intelligence gathering operation on weapons of mass destruction.
        Show the US Attorney Lam pursuing Cunningham.
        Show a pink slip handed Lam and assassination of her career.
        Show the recent prisoner released from Gitmo with gag orders restraining him from talking to the media for a year, his signed agreement that he were not tortured (thank goodness we'd never do that).

        Got any catapault images?
        Long knife images?
        Gun with silencer?
        Medieval inquisition torture chambers?

        When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

        by antirove on Sun Apr 01, 2007 at 05:59:44 PM PDT

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  •  Frat boy initiation (0+ / 0-)

    David Gregory, we hardly we knew ye.

    You had promise.  But you're a D.C. fraternity member now and corrupt.  Check your e-mail for invites to all the club meetings.

    •  no shit, but you know what? re his "promise" (1+ / 0-)
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      As someone said up-thread, he runs hot and cold. The thing is, yeah, we'd see him occasionally ask aggressive questions in the press briefing -- and that was always a fleeting pleasure. but by and large, even if he put pressure on Scotty, back in the day, to answer the question and quit obfuscating, that no-bullshit demeanor and content would promptly disappear come showtime for the evening news.

      More times than not, he wouldn't even report to viewers that the White House equivocated or seemed to not want to answer simple questions. INSTEAD, he'd end up, ultimately, reporting what Scotty said.. With no context or suggestion that they were stonewalling. Just that plastered neutral smile of people who mimic the inflections of other reporters, as though there is some global standard one must abide by.

      To me, asking tough questions but then reprting the bullshit answers you got is not objective reporting. that is just another variation in stenography, just singing out to the public the tune Scotty  & Rove provided.

  •  rhfactor (0+ / 0-)

    this is a great video and diary.  Sorry I missed it on Saturday - I had to work.  If I had seen it, you can damn well believe I would have recommended it.  Thanks for your hard work!

    We're taking our country back - step by step

    by BlueInARedState on Tue Apr 03, 2007 at 06:37:31 AM PDT

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