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I never cease to be amazed at the Republican PR machine. Get a load of this press release, distributed via USNewswire, which is used well by PR-savvy organizations. (The true evil in newsrooms today isn’t deceit or plagiarism - it’s laziness and staff reductions that result in too much space/air time, too few reporters.)

What disturbs me most about this is the absolute double standard - accuse Democrats who are negative about Bush with not having anything positive to say. But it's okay for the GOP-issued negatives, available in bite-size chunks to get airplay. I wonder how many news organizations - legit or otherwise - will pick up the hot-pink leisure suit remark.

Why in god's name should any Democrat stop being negative about Bush when we're smacked with this sort of political garbage every day? It reinforces why I wanted to write for Watchblog.com in the first place. I'm not interested in expounding on my own political beliefs (though that may happen from time to time.) I am deeply committed to drawing attention to the massive amount of bullshit that's being generated (and no party is immune) and hopefully offering some reality check or alternate point of view. And the rise in Republican rhetoric - from Ed Gillespie to Tom DeLay - is worth noting at the same time Congress prepares to head home with their respective issue kits (see item #3) for August recess.

Here's my suggestion: someone at the DNC, or at every state party organization for that matter, should be monitoring the PR distribution channels on an hourly basis - and for each release that goes out, blast a counter release to ensure editors are seeing both sides. Sort of my own political eye for an eye. If it's already being done, they're not doing a very good job. If it isn't, it's about time they got started.

Posted by 9thwave at July 26, 2003 2:55 PM