Friday, January 26, 2007

Spoiled canard

A staggeringly large industry has grown up around the shibboleth that the mainstream media skews left. The Mighty Wurlitzer is played with gusto by Dick Cheney and his minions.

In a sane world, that received wisdom would be returned to sender in light of this:
Memo to Tim Russert: Dick Cheney thinks he controls you.

This delicious morsel about the "Meet the Press" host and the vice president was part of the extensive dish Cathie Martin served up yesterday when the former Cheney communications director took the stand in the perjury trial of former Cheney chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Flashed on the courtroom computer screens were her notes from 2004 about how Cheney could respond to allegations that the Bush administration had played fast and loose with evidence of Iraq's nuclear ambitions. Option 1: "MTP-VP," she wrote, then listed the pros and cons of a vice presidential appearance on the Sunday show. Under "pro," she wrote: "control message."

"I suggested we put the vice president on 'Meet the Press,' which was a tactic we often used," Martin testified. "It's our best format."

In other words, the public Dick will tell anyone who pretends to listen how Librul the media are, and how he never gets a fair shake. The private Dick knows that Punkinhead and all his cohorts can be counted on to provide hum jobs on demand. (Recall that When Scooter called Russert to complain about coverage, he not only got through, but Lil' Russ immediately relayed Scooter's complaint up to the highest levels of NBC.

Nobody reading this is likely to believe the Liberal Media silliness anyway. But this is another angle on Cheney's infinite regress of hypocrisy, and I haven't seen anyone else talking about this angle.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahem... uh... when or where were you told that liars (hypocrites, of course) would limit themselves? And why the fuck did you believe it? Are you suggesting that there are acceptable and unacceptable levels of lying? You're not one of those "white lies are ok" fellas are you? To have a regression, there must be identifiable waypoints of dissembling. He clearly never had any limits to his lying in his whole life. The only thing that is consistently clear about him, as it is about Rove, is that it is deadly dangerous to get in their way. Period. Everything else they do to hurt or cripple people is "not a personal vendetta" (they'd really like you and you them if they weren't so busy getting ahead), it's just politics.

Cheney seems more like a zebra than a duck... can't change his stripes, even if he wanted to.

Strangely, the one place in which Cheney's mind and reality are in agreement is: Change (for him)=Death.
Just in case that is too shorthand: if Cheney changes (lies less, is less hypocritical) EVERYONE will want to kill him, because it will be clear to even the most politically obtuse that he holds EVERYONE in absolute contempt. And that is truly a mortal sin in the U.S.


6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheney's right about Russert! The entire republican party controls him. Russert's too blue collar and upwardly mobile to comprehend that. Why he isn't fired from MTP is beyond me. Russert desecrates the original concept of MTP.

Russert is not worthy.

4:12 AM  

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