OCTOBER 14, 2003 – You would
expect at this point if any party would be lashing out against the
media it would be the Democratic Party. They have been battered day
after day by unabashedly one-sided propaganda programming. But,
defying all reality, decency, and basic American values, President
Bush has initiated a campaign to attack the few voices that aren’t
just unabashed right-wing propagandists.
If you ever questioned whether or not
President Bush was a democracy-loving man, you just had your
Not only isn’t the President upset that
one-sided propaganda stations have taken over all of AM radio and
moved in on TV. Any America-loving President would remind the
nation that that is how the former Soviet Union used to operate,
squelching free speech and coming up with puppet news outlets, like
the infamous Pravda, which existed solely to push the Communist
But not only doesn’t President Bush
condemn FOX News and Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity et. al, not only
does he, in fact, act as proponent, regularly sending members of his
administration onto these shows – using them like any Soviet
Premiere would have. No, this isn’t even enough for President
Bush. Today he made clear he wants to do away with all honest and
accurate reporting altogether, as he launched an all out assault on
what little remains of the free press.
Yes, President Bush is making the rounds directly to regional media outlets, complaining that the mainstream media has used some imaginary "filter," as the President called it, to unfairly, of course, try and make the war seem worse than it is - I guess the underlying assertion being that the press is doing this because it is out to get the President. Why else would they filter? No, the President doesn't annunciate this last part, which clearly shows that even he realizes the direct accusation would just be too clearly idiotic - "It's the media, they don't like me," - and so he says it indirectly.
It was always absurd, to anyone who
knows what the word “liberal” means, the way the Republicans
assailed the corporate-owned-and-operated media as being left-wing
biased. These corporate entities have always operated in ways that
put profit before fact and corporate interests before things
liberals care about, like the environment, worker’s rights, etc.
In particular, anyone who watched the
war coverage saw clearly that there was not a single hint of the
pacifism that defines liberalism to be found anywhere in the press –
mainstream or otherwise.
But this new breed of Bush/Limbaugh
Republican is truly deranged, so full of hatred and intolerance that
they can’t bear to let any voice out there they says anything they
don’t like. Truly, this is all based on the reality, as we pointed
out in this article (www.moderateindependent.com/v1i12things.htm),
that the only thing that holds the Republican Party together is
their game of blame and lie. Their policies – as with the current
Iraq situation – are so inept and asinine that they fail miserably.
Then, the Republicans start the blame and lie, blaming either the
Democrats or the media for their failure.
Well, there are no Democrats left in
control of anything, and the media is all either middle-right or
ultra-right leaning, so what does President Bush do to cover his
butt? He can’t blame Congress, as he would like to, because that is
all Republican now. He can’t blame President Clinton, because this
is clearly his mess.
So, in true hateful, un-American,
cowardly style – maintaining his streak of never, ever taking
responsibility for anything - he blames, somehow, the fact that the
media reports when soldiers die. Better, he believes, they should
forget the war is not over, like they have done with Afghanistan –
didn’t they see his landing in that flight suit in front of a sign
that said ‘Mission Accomplished’? Don’t they get that means they should move
on to other topics?
Even better, the troops in Iraq have now
been sucked into this PR campaign. A form letter was circulated to
members of the 4th Infantry, which contained a press
release saying things are going wonderfully and perfectly. 11 exact
copies were sent to 11 different newspapers, each purported to be
original letters written, in a supposed heartfelt manner, by troops stationed in
This crosses the line of hateful and
deranged and becomes flat-out cruel, evil, and, yes, illegal – US
Troops are not to be used for PR purposes while on a mission.
But law doesn’t stop President Bush in
his quest to “blame and lie.” Nor does reality – the reality that
the media is dominated by right-wing puppets, the reality that the
war in Iraq is not over, the post-war part not well planned, that 1,
2, or 3 soldiers are being killed every single day, that we are
spending far over $1 billion a week.
No. The problem is the media should be
saying everything is going perfectly, that, as the President said,
as reported by ABC, “We had a strategy from the beginning,” and that
it is a perfect strategy and that it is being carried out perfectly.
And just to show what he is truly made
of, he became belligerent, lying addict George during one of his
interviews yesterday. Asked if he misled the nation about WMD’s,
the President simply, scoldingly, pretended he never said what he
said. Yes, he flat-out stated that he never said, nor implied, that
Saddam had WMD’s and that was why we needed to go to war.
Don’t believe me? He would never say
something so clearly dishonest?
Look at the quote, as reported by ABC
News: "Let's get the words right. I said Saddam had weapons of mass
destruction and he used them. Which he did. And second I said he was
a gathering threat. And that's an important distinction. ..."
Look at the little coke addict-type liar
in action. Let’s get the words right? Yes, Georgie, let’s do it.
You said, repeatedly, Saddam had massive stock piles of anthrax,
chemical weapons, and was on the verge of having nuclear weapons.
He has been telling the same lies so
frequently now he thinks the post-war lies he has been telling are
what he said before the war. The lie is that all he ever said the
problem was with WMD’s was that back in the 80’s, Saddam used them - during and after which, as we all know, his father and President
Reagan continued to consider Saddam an ally and send our tax payer
dollars to him. President Bush knows he didn’t say nor mean that we
should go to war – had to rush, couldn’t even wait for the UN –
because of this event back in 1988. It is bull, but he seems to be
so delusional that he can’t even tell his own lies from the truth.
And so, our President is out on a tour
assailing the media “filter” that is reporting some actual facts and
not just pro-Bush propaganda. For any Bush-supporters who wonder
why the President is so unpopular now, it is time for you to join
the rest of us in dealing with the simple reality: our President is
a heinously amoral constant liar.
The biggest question for us at The
Moderate Independent, though, is how can the Democratic Party be so
pathetic and useless that still, with the media being but a
right-wing propaganda tool at this point, they haven’t even begun to
make a campaign against it yet. No, the Republicans lead the fight
– based on lies – and the Democrats do nothing – no matter how
urgent the need for action is.
No wonder we remain Moderate