Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Reporters fail their duty to investigate Guckert

Matt Hutaff at The Simon eloquently expresses what all of us are--or should--be thinking: Where is the media on this? Why aren't they investigating? Are they failing us, the American Public, by not performing their duty as the Fourth Estate?

Stop and really think about this for a minute. The Bush Administration has already confessed to counterfeiting news by planting columnists and reporters with party rhetoric and a fat paycheck. The response from the media? A half-assed question: "Do you think it's a proper use of government funds [emphasis mine] to pay commentators to promote your policies?"

That reporter was well rewarded with an equally half-assed reply: "I expect my cabinet secretaries to make sure that that practice doesn’t go forward. Our agenda ought to be able to stand on its own two feet."

Janus-esque doubletalk, meet propaganda proponents.

With Guckert's outing by weblogs around the world, one would think that the White House would finally have to eat some crow over its relentless bending of the Fourth Estate to its will. After all, the scandal has all the prime elements of a television movie – gay sex, deceit, treachery and politics. It couldn't have come bundled in a better package. And yet once again, this disturbing story of media manipulation has been tucked away with all the mouth-frothing over Iraqi weapons and terror alerts. No indictment for perjury. No ramifications of any kind.

Instead, we're treated to a softball "investigation" into Bush's drug use. Who cares one iota over whether or not Bush did lines or smoked weed or drank himself silly? It doesn't affect me, it doesn't affect you, it's none of our business. All I care about with regards to the President is how he serves his role as leader of the people of the United States. In that, he's a miserable failure and a criminal.

Doctoring press conferences so that "trusted" stooges can spoon-feed ideological questions to a stuttering boob does everyone a disservice. First, it gives the impression that people actually think key Democrats are "divorced from reality." Second, it removes the possibility of a question with real substance. Since press conferences are so few and far between with this administration, and since Bush is such a "handled" individual, catching him unscripted is the public's only chance to see what a dunderhead he really is.

One would think that American journalists would be up in arms over the routine trashing their profession gets from unbiased and international sources. That's why I'm constantly baffled at the prone position they take, bending over and accepting whatever form of denigration Bush and friends pound into them on a daily basis. ..

Making George W. Bush look good isn't the responsibility of a reporter. I've come to expect lies from the government – I shouldn't come to rely on the mainstream press to prop it up.

There are many questions left unanswered about Propagannon. How many passes was Guckert issued? When was the first one issued? Has any other reporter received daily passes for over two years? What connection does Karl Rove and the GOP have to GOPUSA.com? Why was Talon News set up as a fake news agency? And why hasn't anyone, from Bobby Eberle to Scott McClellan to President Bush himself, apologized for the fraud perpetrated on the American Public?

Unfortunately, unliked Guckert, we won't get a fake"journalism" certificate, write for a fake news aganecy, and get the green light to bypass security in order to ask these critical questions of the White House. It is the responsibilty of the press to ask these questions for us.

So why, by their inaction, are they intent on silencing us?


3 Comments:

Anonymous count said...

Scott McLellan said, at some point, that Guckerts's first day pass was issued January 15, 2003, I think. I'll try to find a link.

8:17 PM  
Anonymous count said...

Russell Mokhiber told "Editor & Publisher" he was refused a hard pass for briefings and press conferences. He has apparently been riding the long-term day-pass system, along with Guckert.

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000798573

I haven't yet been able to substantiate that Guckert's first day pass was issued before February 2003.

11:21 PM  
Anonymous count said...

I still haven't been able to retrieve info about Guckert's first day pass being earlier than February 2003. Did I dream it? Maybe so.

I did come across a comment that Bobby Eberle received a pass in "early 2003". First time I've read that, and I don't know where Boehlert got his information.

http://www.commondreams.org/cgi-bin/print.cgi?file=/views05/0223-26.htm

4:28 AM  

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