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Calculated Outrage (Must Read Nails It on What the MSM is Up To in It's Non Stop Bush Attacks)
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/17/05 | Daniel Henniger

Posted on 03/02/2006 3:02:50 PM PST by MikeA

Some say Dick Cheney is toast. He's too hot to handle, throw him over the side if he won't drop himself into the waves. Don't look now, but that isn't water surrounding the Bush ship of state. It's gasoline.

Have you ever noticed how on a scale of one to 10, every untoward event in the life of the Bush presidency goes straight to a 10?

The Abu Ghraib photos? A 10 forever. Dick Cheney catching a hunting buddy with some birdshot? An instant 10. The Bush National Guard story? Total 10. How can it be that each downside event in this presidency greets the public at this one, screeching level of outrage and denunciation by the out-of-power party and a perpetually outraged media?

There was a time when what's been called news judgment would deem some stories a five or six and run them on page 14, or deeper in the newscast. Back then the Senate minority leader wouldn't bother to look up from his desk. Not with this presidency. Every downside event--large, small, in between--plays above the fold on the front page now. And when Dick Cheney accidentally pops Harry Whittington, old Harry Reid jumps up from his Senate leader's desk faster than a Nevada jack rabbit to announce, one more time, that this "is part of the secretive nature of this administration."

If it all seems more than a little tiresome, if you wish it would all just go away, well, maybe that's the point--their point. Induce swing voters to seek respite from the Bush experience.

Absent any fresh or positive message for voters...try winning by turning politics under the Republicans into an experience of unrelenting discomfort?

Why not make the public just want to throw in the towel on the Republican "experience"?

(Excerpt) Read more at opinionjournal.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: antibush; bushbashing; democrats; dncstrategy; mediabias; phonyoutrage
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To: Southack

I think the MSM is loosing their following exactly for the reasons you outlined, and people have grown ever more weary.

The people are also finding other outlets....talk radio and the internet.

They knew something was wrong about the MSM but couldn't put their finger on it.


41 posted on 03/02/2006 4:17:31 PM PST by TheLion
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To: PetroniusMaximus
And, as has often been pointed out...

the "homeless" disappeared from 1993-2001, before coming back with a vengeance about 30 days after GWB took office.

42 posted on 03/02/2006 4:20:04 PM PST by daler
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To: Arizona

I switched over to watch CHris Mattheews show for a minute or two tonight -- and surprise of all surprises. The deputy press secretary (Trent Duffy???) was on, and he was excellent!!!! He needs to be front and center, and President BUsh needs to have Scott moved to another position. Following Trent was Governor Barbour who was also excellent. Chris then said he was going to have the democrat response, so I switched (having a democrat response on is a waste of time, since Chris is the democrat response anyway).


43 posted on 03/02/2006 4:25:44 PM PST by Laverne
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To: MikeA

An intereresting quote from Pulitizer in the 1890's:

Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together," Pulitzer wrote. "An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself. The power to mould the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations."

Scary!


44 posted on 03/02/2006 4:31:50 PM PST by TheLion
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To: TheLion

A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself."

How prophetic is that!!! Look at how base our culture has become and how ignorant. People form ignorant opinions off of inaccurate and deceptive headlines. Reading is no longer valued. Research to learn the truth takes away time from "American Idol" and "Desperate Housewives." Americans buy into whatever the media spoon feeds them and remain ignorant on what the media refuses to report. Americans know more about the Simpson's than the contents of the constitution according to that study released this week. And a president who help revive their economy bringing it back from negative growth when he took office to one that grew at 3.7% GNP in the 2005 the same as a the "boomtown" 90s, gave them full employment, record home ownership, record numbers of jobs, protected them from further Al Qaeda assault in their cities for 4 1/2 years, and overthrew two terrorist regimes is reviled by the public largely because of what the media has told them to believe about the man. Pulitizers quote could not have been more dead-on if he had lived to see the times we're living in. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Good post.


45 posted on 03/02/2006 4:44:09 PM PST by MikeA (Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, the mainstream media: The As*es of Evil)
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To: MikeA
"A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself."

Like minds....exactly the line that glared out at me! Is there any wonder we face the problems we do today!

46 posted on 03/02/2006 4:55:28 PM PST by TheLion
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To: MikeA
This is what I wrote concerning how talk-radio hosts seemed incredibly eager to attack Pres. Bush over the port deal. There was barely enough information out to know what any of it meant, yet, there they were. Levin having Schmuckie Schumer on his show talking about the horror and how they'd finally agreed on something at long last.

We need Republicans who will shout back. That's what we need to do. Bump their screaming faces from the headlines. Expose the true scandals that pack their closets.
47 posted on 03/02/2006 5:10:06 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: Berosus; Cincinatus' Wife; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Do not dub me shapka broham; ...
Ping!
48 posted on 03/03/2006 12:42:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Fiction has to make sense, unless it's part of the Dhimmicrat agenda and its supporting myth.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I guess nobody has told the MSM that Bush and Cheney aren't running for re-election again. What a waste of energy on their part!


49 posted on 03/03/2006 3:49:54 PM PST by Berosus ("There is no beauty like Jerusalem, no wealth like Rome, no depravity like Arabia."--the Talmud)
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To: Berosus; SunkenCiv

I like Heninger. But as you said this bashing doesn't make sense. I wonder how much of it is just irrational and uncontrollable hate.


50 posted on 03/03/2006 9:31:02 PM PST by dervish ("And what are we becoming? The civilization of melted butter?")
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To: Berosus; SunkenCiv

I like Heninger. But as you said this bashing doesn't make sense. I wonder how much of it is just irrational and uncontrollable hate.


51 posted on 03/03/2006 9:31:04 PM PST by dervish ("And what are we becoming? The civilization of melted butter?")
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