Friday, March 1, 2013

Threats from the White House, obscenity from Congress,... nothing from the press

This is what's wrong with our media. Bob Woodward has become a media darling (again) by implying that he'd been threatened by the White House.

Well, here are the full emails from both sides. Where's the "threat"? Where's the "intimidation"? Note that those words were used by Wolf Blitzer, not by Woodward. But Woodward clearly gave that impression, and he even expressed his agreement with Blitzer's interpretation.

This is sensational stuff, especially since it's the Bob Woodward of Watergate fame, and far more people will hear about these "threats" than will ever hear that this was a lie.

Indeed, most people will dismiss a later correction, which usually serves just to reinforce the original claim. Well, the liberal press must be supporting Obama again, huh? I wonder what kind of threats the White House used to shut this down...

And if you think that's bad, this might be worse:

It takes a comedian on Comedy Central to point out the hypocrisy in John Boehner's remarks, because the mainstream media - and Fox 'News,' too - are too busy focusing on "ass" (and not in a good way).

Of course, Fox 'News' would never point out Republican hypocrisy, but neither would most networks. Luckily, we've got political comedians like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Of course, we've got Rachel Maddow, too. She was Stewart's guest last night (here's the short version, and it continued for the internet here). Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as an internet troll? Oh, yeah! (That's in the first clip.)

I really like Rachel Maddow (and I can't say that about everyone at MSNBC). "If you don't want government to work, then government not working proves your point. And so, you probably shouldn't be trusted with the government." There's hope for us yet, I guess.

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