Wednesday, February 28, 2007

AP: "Mystery official briefs press on Cheney", the Man Who Was Never There

wArSHINtuHn--This is incredibly stupid, and a great example of the timidity of the press in the USA nowadays. The Bush administration gave the AP and other wire-services a transcript from an "unidentified, high-level administration official" about Vice President Dick Cheney. OK, fine. Except that the text reads as though it is Cheney, the man whose whereabouts are frequently unknown, just like Osama Bin Laden, that other international terrorist:

"Let me just make one editorial comment here," the official said. "I've seen some press reporting says, `Cheney went in to beat up on them, threaten them.' That's not the way I work. I don't know who writes that, or maybe somebody gets it from some source who doesn't know what I'm doing, or isn't involved in it. But the idea that I'd go in and threaten someone is an invalid misreading of the way I do business.["] (AP, 02.28.2007)

It's Cheney, obviously, so why the subterfuge? Why won't AP just say point-blank: "it's Cheney." This is becoming idiotic, this fear of "losing-access." OK, after this missive to the press, who cares? Honestly. They're only going to tell you a bunch of bullshit, so why bother showing-up? Let them say their lies, and then snipe those lies for the transparent crapulence that they are. I know, your mortgages ("mort" being the first-part of the word since it's a living-death).

Frankly, I don't think the American press is ever going to live-down this administration, nor will the this generation of politicians. Many of them are going to be facing retirement with all this moronic wrangling over how to shut the Bush administration down. But, as we all know, even many Democrats were complicit fellow travellers. Today--at least--Edwards was smart enough to apologize for his stupid vote for the 2002 approval of force in Iraq. He beat Hillary to it, and now she's going to have to with less-effect. This is good for the American voter, as she's now ham-strung herself by her contempt for the will of the enfranchised.

If this pathetic AP story says anything, it's how much we need to nationalize our press agencies, and that the FCC's once-cherished "Fairness Doctrine" becomes a law. To their credit, the Democrats tried this twice, but were thwarted by the GOP in 1988 and 1993. However, it should be remembered that this is before the 1994 congressional elections that brought a GOP-majority into the House.

In-other-words, there were many in the Democratic ranks who betrayed us on this. Ownership of media was allowed to dangerously consolidate under: Reagan, Bush I, and Bill Clinton. If you think Hillary will be any different, you're mistaken. For my money, Dick Cheney may as well be a hologram. Pretty lame that they can't beat a guy with a pacemaker, eh? He'll always be our first cybernetic president. Maybe the mystery man was Osama. Mark Twain was right, we're not worth-saving as a species. The Unknown Comic couldn't be reached for this story. He's next-in-line for White House Press Sec.