May 12, 2006

Good Start!

Bill Sammon, The Examiner:

WASHINGTON - New White House Press Secretary Tony Snow is starting off in a combative mode against the press by issuing detailed rebuttals to what he considers unfair coverage of Bush.

“The New York Times continues to ignore America’s economic progress,” blared the headline of an e-mail sent to reporters Wednesday by the White House press office.

Minutes earlier, another e-mail blasted CBS News, which has had an unusually rocky relationship with the White House since 2004, when CBS aired what turned out to be forged documents in a failed effort to question the president’s military service.

“CBS News misleadingly reports that only 8 million seniors have signed up for Medicare prescription drug coverage,” Wednesday’s missive said. “But 37 million seniors have coverage.” On Tuesday, the White House railed against “USA Today’s misleading Medicare story.”

“USA Today claims ‘poor, often minority’ Medicare beneficiaries are not enrolling in Medicare drug coverage,” the press office complained. “But by April, more than 70 percent of eligible African Americans, more than 70 percent of eligible Hispanics, and more than 75 percent of eligible Asian Americans are enrolled or have retiree drug coverage.”...

(Thanks to Betsy N)

Go Tony!

Bill Sammon is a good man. I just read his book on the Bush Administration, Strategery. A lot of it was anti-climaticic for me, because I'd already followed the issues closely. But his account of the Dan Rather forgeries was quite stunning. The mendacity of the press was a good deal greter than I realized at the time. For instance, I'd not realized that some of the journalists reporting the story as if it were credible had previously declared that Bill Burkett was an unreliable witness. In fact, that he was obviously a lying Bush-hating nutball---but that made him persona grata to the press if there was a chance of swinging the election.

In a larger sense, the sheer stupidity of trying to fight an election in 2004 over stuff that happened in the Vietnam era is a perfect example of how, for the Left, especially for the press, the world gelled around 1973. They desperately wish they could get back to the time when things "made sense" to them. [In fact Bush served honorably in a difficult and damn dangerous job link link link link)

Posted by John Weidner at May 12, 2006 7:38 AM
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