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Disturbing liberal-media news of the day

Maybe it’s just my mood, but today seems like an epic day in terms of disturbing news. The following all filtered up in the last few hours, from either left-wing blogs or the morning paper. My outrage circuits are completely blown, but let me summarize.

The new post-election version of the 9/11 Report is out. According to the NYT, "in the months before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal aviation officials reviewed dozens of intelligence reports that warned about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, some of which specifically discussed airline hijackings and suicide operations..." but FAA (and others) all ignored the possible threat...the Bush administration has blocked the public release of the for more than five months...much to the frustration of former commission members who say it provides a critical understanding of the failures of the civil aviation system". It looks to me like keeping this quiet for 5 months was an unneeded lapse in security -- for obvious political purposes. Who cares about the truth, anyway?

The latest estimate for Bush's prescription drug plan is $720 billon, almost double the $400 billion estimated earlier. You may recall that in fall 2003, Richard Foster, the government's chief actuary for medical costs said that he would be fired if he presented what he considered an accurate projection --of $550 billion. He also said that he believed that "the White House participated in the decision to withhold analyses that [the] Medicare legislation [which] President Bush sought would be far more expensive" than official estimates. Again, who cares about telling the truth?

Meanwhile, "a reporter whose GOP connections, lack of conventional journalistic credentials, and softball questioning of President Bush raised questions about the White House's decision to grant him access to news conferences, abruptly quit yesterday after bloggers connected him to websites apparently devoted to gay sex." Disturbingly, this guy has close GOP connections and no credentials as a journalist, but someone in the WH gave him a press pass and he's called on in press conferences to ask questions, such as asking Bush if "he can deal with Democratic congressional leaders 'who seem to have divorced themselves from reality.'" Another case of administration propaganda - in the press conference arena? Even more disturbing, he was given access to a classified CIA memo that disclosed Valerie Plame's identity.

So, don't like press conferences? Pack in a few paid "plant" reporters who can feed you some softball questions. Unthinkable, until you think about Armstrong Williams and the others...

Finally, the piece Hunger for Dictatorship, summarizes my deepest misgivings about the current Republican mindset, namely

the dramatic shift of the red-state bourgeoisie from leave-us-alone almost totalitarian statist nationalism. Whereas the conservative middle class once cheered the circumscribing of the federal government, it now celebrates power and adores the central state.


I don't think there are yet real fascists in the administration, but there is certainly now a constituency for them - hungry to bomb foreigners and smash those Americans who might object.


the very fact that the f-word can be seriously raised in an American context is evidence enough that we have moved into a new period. The invasion of Iraq has put the possibility of the end to American democracy on the table and has empowered groups on the Right that would acquiesce to and in some cases welcome the suppression of core American freedoms.

Michael Moore? Actually, American Conservative Magazine.

Posted by William Cohen at February 10, 2005 1:05 PM