March 15, 2004

Rot starting at the top...

Cori Dauber puts her finger on something very wrong. She's writing on the reactions of various newsmedia to Madrd and the Spanish elections. About the NYT:

...The Times also goes further, providing a news analysis piece about the implications of the vote but, in true Times style, they see the implications not for the War on Terror, not for the likelihood of more attacks, not for American policy -- but for Bush! "Blow to Bush: Ally Rejected" reads the headline....

...To me this just suggests a level of personalizing our foreign policy, and the War on Terror, that again proves the point I keep going back to: it isn't real for them. It's hype. It's about a rhetorical ploy on the part of a particular party to make the President look like the "Commander in Chief." And so the Spanish elections aren't read through the way they would impact the war because the war isn't that real and thus isn't that important. The elections are read through the way they impact Bush because it's all about him to begin with: it's his policy, his creation.

Both Iraq and the larger War on Terror are, for the Times, "Bush's War" in the most absolute way possible...

How I loathe those prissy shrimps. Their country is at war, the whole world is at war, and they lean back in their chairs and sneer. "It has nothing to do with us."

Posted by John Weidner at March 15, 2004 7:52 AM
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