Saturday, February 26, 2005

Modo blows a gasket on "Jeff Gannon" (and about time, too) 

OK, so maybe Modo's all cheesed off because she couldn't get a White House Press pass, while working boy "Jeff Gannon" eased into the White House press room on a daily basis. Wouldn't you be?

It was remarkable to see President Bush lecture Vladimir Putin on the importance of checks and balances in a democratic society.

Remarkably brazen, given that the only checks Mr. Bush seems to believe in are those written to the "journalists" Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher and Karen Ryan, the fake TV anchor, to help promote his policies. The administration has given a whole new meaning to checkbook journalism, paying a stupendous $97 million to an outside P.R. firm to buy columnists and produce propaganda, including faux video news releases.

As we keep saying—that's a budget for 200 media whores Secretly Paid Policy Advocates, and we know about 6. Who are the other 194? (back)

This White House seems [I know not "seems"!] to prefer softball questions from a self-advertised male escort with a fake name to hardball questions from journalists with real names; it prefers tossing journalists who protect their sources into the gulag to giving up the officials who broke the law by leaking the name of their own C.I.A. agent.
(via Times)

Nice to see all this finally make it somewhere in the Times, but where was The World's Greatest Newspaper (not!) when this shitstorm was building?

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