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Today's Note From a Madman
October 28, 2007
News Reports and Press Conferences
The White House Way
According to "The Govenator", California's REPUBLICAN Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, President Bush and FEMA got it right... finally. And according to Fox News Channel, FEMA has responded rapidly to the wildfires inundating Southern California which have displaced somewhere around one million people. It has come to the point now that the Bushies want a parade every time they don't screw up.
And according to FEMA themselves, as President Bush might put it, "they're doing a heck of a job!"
Get this: It seems FEMA held a press conference to get the word out on what they were doing in California. But in their haste to get that word out, they neglected to tell any reporters about it. Instead, they decided to role play and order their employees to play the part of "Scoop Gannon", the name I gave to their charade of reporters disguising themselves as the real thing.
After all, what better way to get your word out than to put it out yourselves?
We wanted "to get information out as soon as possible, and in trying to do so we made an error in judgment."
-Vice Adm. Harvey E. Johnson, FEMA's deputy director
And although the Bush administration came right out there to admonish the beleaguered agency and their "error in judgment", there can be no doubt that this is, at the very least, right out of their playbook.
Some of you might remember that in their "haste" to get the word out on their proposed (and since passed) Medicare Drug Benefit Program (that's the one with the donut hole which forces the elderly to pay up to 95 percent of their medication costs without any discount on the drugs), the Bushies filmed their own news-like reports with actors portraying local news reporters. News stations, especially small market stations which are always looking for footage to fill time, bought (figuratively speaking, of course) the "news stories" and put them on air as if these actors were their very own reporters.
And it wasn't just for the Medicare blitz that the Bushies provided these "reports" to small markets for free (free = at the cost of millions of dollars to the American taxpayer). The Bushies offered up their very own PTV (Propaganda Television) for any and all issues they felt that Mr. And Mrs. America needed to know.
It is the kind of TV news coverage every president covets.
"'Thank you, Bush. Thank you, U.S.A.,' a jubilant Iraqi-American told a camera crew in Kansas City for a segment about reaction to the fall of Baghdad. A second report told of 'another success' in the Bush administration's 'drive to strengthen aviation security'; the reporter called it 'one of the most remarkable campaigns in aviation history.' A third segment, broadcast in January, described the administration's determination to open markets for American farmers. "
-The New York Times, Under Bush, a New Age of Prepackaged Television News, by David Barstow and Robin Stein, Sunday 13 March 2005 (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/13/politics/13covert.html?_r=1&oref=slogin)
As the Times put it, "It is the kind of TV news coverage every president covets."
And that isn't all. Many more of you will remember the Jeff Gannon/ Jeff Guckert fiasco. No? Well allow me to refresh your collective memories: Gannon/ Guckert was "working" as a White House Correspondent for The Talon News Agency, a NeoCon supporting agent of the Friends of GW, gained daily pass access to the White House press room and was a frequent softball questioner of President Bush and other administration officials. And all the while that Gannon/ Guckert was offering up his "isn't everything great" and "how great you all are" statements and questions up to the Busies, he was also starring as the lead man in gay porn sites and as a male prostitute.
It's the Bush idea of "Gay-Friendly" politics.
"FEMA has issued an apology, saying that they had an error in judgment when they were attempting to get out a lot of information to reporters, who were asking for answers to a variety of questions in regard to the wildfires in California. It's not something I would have condoned. And they _ I'm sure _ will not do it again."
-White House Press Secretary Dana Perino
They, you and the rest of the Bush administration will_ I'm sure - in fact_ do it again. Ms. Perino. This administration has never learned from their mistakes, so one has no other alternative than to conclude that this isn't the last time. One has to wonder how many times they actually got away with crap like this. And one has to wonder why the main stream media gives them a free pass and allows them to do it time and time again.
In response to, "The Blackwater Way," Kelly Taylor writes:
Roughly 2 years ago I saw the film, "Iraq for Sale" by Robert Greenwald. There is NO better indictment of Blackwater & the other war profiteers in Iraq then this 70 minute film which is RIVETING and earned high critical praise.
We know its bad, but you don't know HOW BAD until you see this film.
It is every American's duty to see this film!!
Here is the teaser which starts with Blackwater...
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