Hopefully by now you've had an opportunity to see Bill Moyers' amazing and revelatory program, "Buying the War." A brilliant dissection of government and media complicity in shoving war in Iraq down American throats, it is also the most pointed expose of a bloated and bloviating press corps we have had the pleasure to witness.
And guess what? Moyers has already received complaints from -- you guessed it -- the White House press corps.
Undoubtedly, the D.C. hacks with media badges will want to get right back to business as usual at Bush's next press conference. Russert will want to give Cheney a chance to tell us Saddam Hussein had Mohammed Atta over for lunch, and Reinart will want to pen a piece on how reading lots and lots of stuff can make you way smart, unlike those hippie Kossacks who don't understand how much fun it is to blow stuff up. Can't wait. In fact, I imagine we'll soon be hearing these six softball questions from the pre-selected reporters.
- Good morning, President Bush. There are some who say the Democrat party is wrong to insist on a timetable in the war funding bill. Don't you wish more Americans knew that all you are trying to do is get your hands on that oil? Some say too few people understand that Iraq has the biggest remaining reserves, and that if we don't get it, Russia or China will. Also, will you be okay with a timetable after the Iraq government signs that bill giving Exxon, BP, Shell, etc. the oil, or will you want to keep troops in Iraq to protect the drillers? Oh -- and a side note, if I may -- how does Condi feel now that relations with Russia really suck and she can do her cold war thing? Some say she's really looking forward to it, because she did a paper on that once.
- Hello, Mr. Bush. John Smith, WTF Times, Idaho. I wonder if you could tell us about the huge acreage you have purchased in Paraguay. Isn't it true that most of the unpatriotic people in the Democrat party don't understand your love of international travel and foreign adventure? How many Blackwater troops are taxpayers rightly providing for your future safety there? Idahoans are behind you 100%, by the way. Like your tie, too.
- Mr. Bush, we recently watched with horror as various Democrat blogs and comedy shows profaned First Lady Laura Bush. We understand from Dana Perino that you did not see the interview, but felt she did a really good job. As you may know, they made fun of her comments about feeling really sad about Iraq and all the death and stuff. Do you think those blogs and networks should be fined or put out of business, and have you considered rendition of the culprits to Guantanamo for questioning? Oh -- also -- we understand that Laura Bush has said she takes full credit for her remarks that day, even though she was taking quite a bit of Prozac. Has Mrs. Bush hit the donut hole yet? I know I have!
- Hello, Mr. President, Judy Taylor, Pekin Journal. You've seen the headlines this morning. Your AIDS czar, Randall Tobias, has resigned because of some Democrats making fun of his assistance to certain Central American women. Considering that Tobias came to your administration from Eli Lilly where both your Dad and Ken Lay have served on the board and which gives 75% of its political contributions to the GOP, are you upset at this outrageous attack on your administration? Also, does Cialis really work for 36 hours straight, so to speak?
- Sally Simon, San Diego, Mr. President. Good morning. Various Democrat media outlets have been unrelenting in their negative coverage of your embattled chief justice, Alberto Gonzales. One report suggests that -- and I quote -- "either Gonzales is complicit in the politicization of the justice department (at worst) or an utterly incompetent boob with advanced Alzheimer's (at best)." My question is: how did you come up with the nickname Fredo?
- Good morning, Mr. Bush. Thank you for letting me sit in Helen Thomas' seat, I appreciate that. A quick question from me: do you find that your faith is holding you up during these difficult times? And -- oh -- if you don't mind, can you share with us what God is thinking?
Cross-posted at www.diatribune.com