Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 37809
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2018/12/12 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2005/5/23-24 [Politics/Domestic/President/Clinton, Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:37809 Activity:kinda low
5/23 (Post)
        A certain and clear pattern has emerged when a damaging accusation or
        claim against the Bush administration or the Republican-led Congress
        is publicized: Bush supporters laser in on a weakness, fallacy or
        inaccuracy in the story's sourcing while diverting all attention from
        the issue at hand to the source or the accuser in the story. ...
        Some will argue that such questions are irrelevant or miss the point
        because Bush's bold action in Iraq got rid of a tyrant who was abusing
        his own people and because it will eventually lead to the spread of
        democracy in the area. Both may be true. But the case for war was
        built neither on humanitarianism nor on spreading democracy. Those
        arguments were, at most, used to bolster the main case, which was that
        Iraq was building weapons of mass destruction and presented an
        imminent threat to America and its allies.
        \_ Bud Day doesn't appreciate your tone of voice.
           \_ If you really respected BUD DAY you would always capitalize
              His name.
              \_ You've obviously never served.
                 \_ If he did, it would destablize the middle east for
                    \_ Are you Chinese?  Do you understand the effect BUD
                       DAY had on the American War effort in China?
                    \_ Heh, I missed this one.
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Often this tactic involves efforts to delegitimize the entire news media based on the mistakes or sloppy reporting of a few. We saw this with the discrediting of CBS's story on irregularities in President Bush's Texas Air National Guard service in the 1970s. Although the CBS "scoop" was b ased on faked documents, the administration's response and backlash from both conservative and mainstream media essentially relieved Bush of hav ing to deal with the story. In other words, the allegedly "liberal" medi a dropped the story like a hot rock. We saw ex-members of the Bush administration -- former Treasury secretary Paul H O'Neill, former White House counterterrorism adviser Richard A Clarke, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John M Shalikashv ili and former director of faith-based charities John J DiIulio Jr. The mainstre am media eventually backed away from coverage of their claims as well. And of course, we saw this most recently with the Newsweek debacle, in wh ich the news magazine repeated an accusation that military interrogators had flushed a Koran down a toilet. The Newsweek report was used by mili tants in Afghanistan to incite violent protests in which 17 people died. Rich Lowry wrote Newsweek "bought into shady as sumptions, partly because of the media's dire view of the US military. The Wall Street Journal editorial opined that the error stemmed from media's and Newsweek's "mis trust of the military that goes back to Vietnam." And conservative media watchdog L Brent Bozell III wrote that it was "tragic that the lib eral media are willing to believe the most exotic rumors about the depre dations of President Bush and the US military, long before they've bee n verified and long after they've been retracted." reports from the International Red Cross going back at le ast two years about mishandling of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay. Some liberal Web sites and bloggers have been no less breathlessly hyperb olic, accusing the entire "corporate" mainstream media of caving in to c onservative and White House pressure -- a far-fetched notion given the e xtent of reporting about Abu Ghraib and other abuses at Guantanamo Bay. Greg Palast wrote in his blo g: "But I don't want to leave out our President. His aides report that G eorge Bush is "angry" about the report -- not the desecration of the Kor an, but the reporting of it. And so long as George is angry and Condi ap palled, Newsweek knows what to do: swiftly grab its corporate ankles and ask the White House for mercy." True, the Newsweek story was based on a single source, who turned out not to be as reliable as Newsweek thought he or she was. But the conservati ves who view the Newsweek report as proof positive that a cabal of liber al baddies is out to persecute powerless conservatives are conveniently ignoring the fact that the main Newsweek reporter in question, Michael I sikoff, was among the people most responsible for Bill Clinton's impeach ment. For conservatives and liberals alike, attacking the media has become a co ttage industry, the very thing that drives both talk radio and blogs. De legitimizing the media is seen as a legitimate way by some to protect th ose you support politically from the media's critical eye. To be clear about something, the Bush administration's attacks on Newswee k don't represent a new phenomenon. The Clinton administration often att acked its accusers and criticized unflattering media reports. The big di fference is that the Clinton administration didn't have any such support ive echo chamber of talk radio and blogs that now exist to amplify it. It was almost surreal listening to White House spokesman Scott McClellan describing the fallout from the now-retracted Newsweek.