Feb 13, 2007

Nixon Was Also A Big Fan Of PBS...

Spinners, Spinnees and Echoes of Watergate

It’s fair to say that the relationship between the press and the Bush White House has often been one of mutual suspicion and sometimes outright hostility. And the administration and its allies have at times been outspoken in their belief that the mainstream press was biased against it. But as evidenced by the “Frontline” four-part series “News War,” whose first episode appears tonight on PBS, government skepticism toward the press is just one of the trials faced by today’s news organizations. Those challenges include everything from declining audiences, to the warp speed of the 24/7 news cycle, to the Internet’s undercutting the press’s monopoly on information, to news operations beholden to conglomerates that sometimes view news as another entertainment portal.

The first program in the series, “Secrets, Spin and the Future of News,” concentrates in part on White House efforts to manipulate coverage for political ends during the prelude to the Iraq invasion. Virtually the entire hour centers on the “outing” of the C.I.A. agent Valerie Plame, whose husband, the former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, had accused the White House, while making its case for war, of knowingly using discredited evidence that Iraq had tried to buy uranium ore from Niger. <
TiVo? check!


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Wonder if the new General in charge of Iraq and his old friend Judy are still good friends?

9:35 AM  
Blogger Quzi said...

Surprisingly, though, Mr. Woodward says he still regards the Plame affair as much ado about gossip. --

The Junkyard Reporter still trying to CHA!

9:58 AM  
Blogger patriot girl said...

"Nixon Was Also A Big Fan Of PBS..."

No doubt. Seems to me that real news is non-existent any more, except on the internet. And how much longer will we have that?

Even PBS and NPR are slacking, giving constant rebuts from the other side (to the point of dissolving the real importance of issues) and now choose to ignore and not report the stories at all (for example the Libby trial and what it's revealed about our leaders).

What a freekin' shame.

I repeat - we need to start a "buy back our media fund".

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only reason I pay my cable bill is for entertainment; that includes the clowns @ CNN, MSNBC, FOX, PBS. It's hilarious to see them spinning more lies, as they scramble to keep their ratings up in the wake of this CIA / Leak trial. IMPEACH Bush/Cheney before they OUTLAW the Internet, which is the only source for TRUTH in reporting.

11:51 AM  

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