Thursday, February 16, 2006

A Challenge to the Wingnuts

A Challenge to Rightwing Bloggers Who Blame the Media for the Cheney Mess: Prove it.
One of the great absurdities of our time is the persistent notion that the traditional media skews left. Reporters buy into it, Democratic strategists and leaders buy into it, and rank and file rightwingers live by it. As I've written previously, the right controls all branches of government, talk radio is dominated by rightwing voices, there's a cable channel devoted to the rightwing perspective (and two others racingdo the same), there's a herd of rightwing pundits spewing anti-left venom across editorial pages, radio, television, the internet, etc., Bush's press conferences are cloying jokefests, and "neutral" journalists echo deep-seated pro-GOP myths. Despite the glaringly obvious fact that major media narratives favor the right, we get bloggers like this, this, and this attacking the "MSM" for hyping the Cheney hunting scandal. Rather than waste cyber-ink explaining why it's a big deal that to the Vice President of the United States shot a man in the face and heart and went to bed without letting the American people know about it, let me share a question I asked of a blogger at Real Clear Politics who questioned my premise about the pro-Bush press:

I know the assertion that [supposedly neutral or liberal] reporters favor rightwing narratives blows your mind; after all, the liberal media fiction is hard-wired into the right's political nervous system. But why should I believe your foregone conclusion that these people are left-leaning? Just because you say it with such conviction? Give me concrete examples of bias, not of negative coverage. (How can there not be negative coverage of the mess in Iraq? Or Katrina? Or the Plame outing? Or the NSA fiasco? Or do you want our media to simply fawn over the government? Is anything less than total pro-Bush propaganda considered media bias?)
No Checks, Many Imbalances
Written by a winger:
Besides, terrorism is not the only new danger of this era. Another is the administration's argument that because the president is commander in chief, he is the "sole organ for the nation in foreign affairs." That non sequitur is refuted by the Constitution's plain language, which empowers Congress to ratify treaties, declare war, fund and regulate military forces, and make laws "necessary and proper" for the execution of all presidential powers . Those powers do not include deciding that a law -- FISA, for example -- is somehow exempted from the presidential duty to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed."
Gonzales Withholding Plame Emails
"Sources close to the investigation into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson have revealed this week that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has not turned over emails to the special prosecutor's office that may incriminate Vice President Dick Cheney, his aides, and other White House officials who allegedly played an active role in unmasking Plame Wilson's identity to reporters."
Chertoff and Rumsfeld don't use E-Mail
Umm, Its 2006 guys. This might of helped during Katrina.

Republicans Criticize Bush Mideast Policy
What's that policy again? Oh yeah, blow the shit out of any brown person that moves.

House GOP Won't Revisit Flawed Budget Bill
Flawed? Try illegal? What's sweet is that an Alabama attorney who is a Republican (of course) is bringing a suit against the gov because the bill was illegally passed.

2 comments:

davyproctorboy said...

Condy says "They have now crossed a point where they are in open defiance of the international community"....She should change "they" to "we".

Constant said...

JPW,

On the NSA, there's a way to compel Congress to investigate, even if they refuse: [ Click ]