Sunday, March 06, 2005

Media Swarms Over Gannon/Guckert Controversy

It looks like the national and local media is finally starting to understand the severity of the story. A media swarm? It took them a month, but better late than never. Here is a sampling of what the media is saying:

Edward Cone explains ties between and the Transylvania County Republican Party:
The Soviets called their party newspaper Pravda -- "Truth." Americans used to laugh at that kind of phony journalism. But more and more, the joke is on us.

Think it can't happen here? Click to the Web site of the Transylvania County Republican Party for a look at things to come. The official page for this western North Carolina political organization carries national news from an outfit called GOPUSA....It's a tidy little news network, hewing close to the party line, self-contained and free from the impure thoughts so common to the mainstream press.
Ed Quillen of the Denver Post opines on the Bush Administration's addiction to paying off journalists, and offers a price list of his own:
For a mere $10,000 per occurrence, I will pretend that No Child Left Behind is not an unfunded federal mandate. For the same fee, I'll contend that the Healthy Forests Initiative means healthy forests, and that the Clear Skies Initiative is connected to better air quality.

For only $5,000 per usage, I will learn to write in the Republican dialect. That means that the administration's proposed Social Security changes will involve "personal accounts" rather than "private accounts." I shall never write treasonous phrases like "the occupation of Iraq" when I could be patriotic and upbeat with "the liberation of Iraq."

And I will always refer to that partisan farrago of collectivists and traitors as "the Democrat Party," rather than use proper grammar with "the Democratic Party."
William O'Rouke of the Sun-Times discusses Gannon/Guckert in the context of the President's desparate attempt to sell his privatization scheme:
But salesmanship has been weak from both the president and other officials of the Bush administration. The White House successfully sold the Iraq war and weapons of mass destruction to the public, but is stumbling badly trying to sell Social Security privatization. That is because, given the tragic tones of the war, with its grand themes of life and death, fear was fomented, and mistakes and exaggerations were -- and remain -- muffled.

Stateside, though, distortions and missteps appear exactly as they are: inept, often sophomoric, along the lines of the paying so-called pundits and journalists for favorable coverage, even to the point of allowing a shill from a Republican-sponsored Web site, GOPUSA, into White House press briefings, where he was addressed on a first-name basis by both Bush's press secretary and the president.
Michael Tackett of the Chicago Tribune write about the "free" press:
The Bush campaign put this into practice with great precision with its "Ask President Bush" forums across the country. The president would roll up his sleeves, walk and talk with a microphone, and put on the pose of a politician willing to answer any question thrown at him by the citizenry.

But those who managed to get a seat in the audience had most likely either written a check to support the campaign or signed some form of loyalty oath, virtually ensuring a dissent-free environment and offering the rest of the media only the canned event to write about. Great strategy if you can get away with it.


Blogger NYBri said...


5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent...but it's not just North Carolina. It's all across the country...

When are the media and other bloggers going to realize that Talon News/GOPUSA is not a small little known's been a major player for the GOP for at least two years now.

10:55 PM  

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