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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

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I know this is a couple weeks old now, but it is so dead-on it just keeps coming back to mind day after day as the media whips up some new anti-Bush frenzy or another.

You can read the rest of this incredibly insightful piece on the Wall Street Journal's free site. You don't have to be a subscriber to go there:

http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post_article?forum=news

No one has done a better job of nailing it as to what the Democrats and their media lapdogs are up to in coming up with the "Bush scandal" dejour to scream headlines with. Every week they come up with something new, even when it's old news such as this week a long ago released videotape of the president's meetings about Katrina that the ADMINISTRATION gave to the AP back on August 28th. And of course last week it was their misrepresentation of the ports deal, then prior to that the Cheney shooting, wiretaps before that and on and on.

For those of you who remember, the 2004 election year was exactly the same with week after week the media blowing some story way out of proportion and dialing it up to a 10 on the hysteria meter. They're just using the same playbook this time around. We can all hope it will begin to just bore the American public and they'll begin to just glaze over at the latest "Bush bash of the week club" offering from the MSM.

But it has the potential of tiring Americans on Bush and the Republicans as Henniger warns. Democrats saw how exhaustion over the Clinton presidency helped put Bush into the White House in 2000. They're hoping the same strategy will fatally wound him for what remains of his presidency and turn him into a premature lame duck. What's disgusting is that the Democrats have the news media's full cooperation in this unseemly strategy.

1 posted on 03/02/2006 3:02:57 PM PST by MikeA
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To: MikeA

Whoops, I posted the wrong link to the entire article. Here it is: http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/dhenninger/?id=110007980


2 posted on 03/02/2006 3:04:16 PM PST by MikeA (Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, the mainstream media: The As*es of Evil)
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I think they not that they can't take him down with any one story so they are trying to create a "buzz" of negativity so that the average Joe will associate "Bush" with "scandel".

Much like the did in 89 Bush vrs Clinton. EVERY story on the news was about the failing economy. I mean every bleeping story.

Clinton gets elected, the bad economy story evaporates overnight.

It worked for them once.
3 posted on 03/02/2006 3:08:16 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: MikeA

It's an adaptation of 'Say something often enough and people will believe it", which the dems use ALL the time.


4 posted on 03/02/2006 3:09:22 PM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: MikeA
Why not make the public just want to throw in the towel on the Republican "experience"?

I think that's exactly it. I mean, which of us isn't just sick of reading about non-stop crises. Some of us recall when Richard Nixon, near the end of his presidency, came down with phlebitis. Newsweek did a cover with a caption like "Now, Illness . . . " which translates, "Here's even more bad news about Tricky Dick." I think that's how most people finally took it: Nixon was unrelenting bad news.

5 posted on 03/02/2006 3:09:25 PM PST by madprof98
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To: PetroniusMaximus

We didn't have Free Reublic in 1989.


6 posted on 03/02/2006 3:11:36 PM PST by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: MikeA

Repeat a lie often enough....


7 posted on 03/02/2006 3:12:47 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Yo-Yo

"We didn't have Free Reublic in 1989."

Let's hope you're right. But the MSM can still generate a lot of buzz.


8 posted on 03/02/2006 3:14:44 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: madprof98

Rampant abuse of freedoms leads inexorably to curtailment of those freedoms--in other words, a backlash to dictatorship. It's happened before in history. You can't have liberty without wisdom--and it seems our press is sorely lacking in sagacity.


9 posted on 03/02/2006 3:15:12 PM PST by Cyclopean Squid (History is a work in progress)
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To: MikeA; All
Henninger is the best. He can always be counted on for something "incredibly insightful."

I notice after turning my iPod up full volume in the subway, after a while, it ceases to be loud enough. I no longer experience the music as intensely. In fact, it wears me out after a while and I turn it off... yeah, there's an analogy here...go ahead, MSM, deafen us...hasten your demise.

10 posted on 03/02/2006 3:15:49 PM PST by the invisib1e hand ("Who is it, really, making up your mind?")
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To: MikeA

I can tell you the MSM is certainly influencing my opinion. I never let a Bush bashing story on tv go by without telling my three sons that this is all MSM hogwash and propaganda, and the talking head are just mindless robots doing the bidding of the DNC.


11 posted on 03/02/2006 3:16:31 PM PST by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: MikeA
"They're hoping the same strategy will fatally wound him for what remains of his presidency and turn him into a premature lame duck. What's disgusting is that the Democrats have the news media's full cooperation in this unseemly strategy."

That's certainly their intention, but it didn't work in 2000 or 2004.

Now, consider that the news media has fewer subscribers/viewers today than in 2000.

Likewise, consider that our labor unions are smaller today than in 2000 (e.g. the AFL-CIO has lost over 6 million members in the past half-dozen years).

So the Democrats are repeating their same plays, but with an even smaller core than they had back in 2000 (when they lost).

What makes them think that they can win now?!

12 posted on 03/02/2006 3:16:34 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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It will backfire. The dems and msm will be perceived as the nattering nabobs of negativism that they have been for the last 40 years.


13 posted on 03/02/2006 3:17:23 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
But the MSM can still generate a lot of buzz.

And they wear the people out.

14 posted on 03/02/2006 3:17:24 PM PST by ncpatriot
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To: Yo-Yo
We didn't have Free Reublic in 1989.

that is, We didn't have Free Republic in 1989.

Boom! Out of the park!

15 posted on 03/02/2006 3:17:58 PM PST by the invisib1e hand ("Who is it, really, making up your mind?")
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To: PetroniusMaximus

...and you can add ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, the NY Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and their ilk across our once great Country.


16 posted on 03/02/2006 3:18:08 PM PST by oldtimer
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To: MikeA
It's dead-on-balls accurate... and it's 'gonna get worse.

IMO, the MSM thinks it's invulnerable... it got away with forging documents designed to affect the results of a presidential election... pretty heddy stuff. Nobody was brought up on charges... no one.

Until their offices are stormed by a disgusted citizenry... they will expand their efforts in denying Americans the truth.

17 posted on 03/02/2006 3:22:20 PM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Spul Chik strikx agn.


18 posted on 03/02/2006 3:29:50 PM PST by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Yo-Yo
Spul Chik strikx agn.

I only did that because...it was gnawing at me.

you said it -- plain and simple.

19 posted on 03/02/2006 3:32:55 PM PST by the invisib1e hand ("Who is it, really, making up your mind?")
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To: MikeA

Same author's newest editorial in WSJ is great as well...

"Senator Yosemite Sam
Washington defines politics downward.

BY DANIEL HENNINGER
Friday, February 24, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST "


20 posted on 03/02/2006 3:33:14 PM PST by antceecee (Reagan Democrat and now a Bush Republican...)
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