Monday, April 19, 2004

Damned if we do, damned if we don't, damned if we question

Here's FOP Pink on the neocon-undrum.

He cites the flipside to the neocon we-gotta-stay coin that they'll keep passing around. And he indicts the press for their cannibalism:

So it's damned if we stay, damned if we go. And one more thing: damned if we question. If the 9/11 commissioners ask too many questions, they're accused of playing a partisan blame game. Even White House correspondents, who are paid to ask questions, are liable to get whacked, too -- in some cases, by other journalists. Pressies are piranha-ing the president in their "second-guessing eased by hindsight," snipes Joseph Curl of the Washington Times. For Curl, reportorial questions seem not only annoying, but tedious: "False premises. Errors in judgment ... Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes." So much for speaking truth to power.

Of course, I can't help but think of press-whacker number one: Fox News. It would be hard to argue that 90% of what comes out of that network is geared toward belittling and invalidating those who would seek, let alone speak, truth - both from and to power.

Just a thought.

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