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:
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.
Whoops, I posted the wrong link to the entire article. Here it is: http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/dhenninger/?id=110007980
It's an adaptation of 'Say something often enough and people will believe it", which the dems use ALL the time.
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.
Repeat a lie often enough....
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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 "
Oh my goodness, who believes anything they read or hear in the secular or liberal media these days? Don't tell me! Too many do - sob! The media hasn't made a dent in my belief in GWB. Some of our President's policies have made a few dimples, though. Like our insane open border policy, like our urging Israel to give up territory to the Palestinians. I don't THINK GWB had an "off" button to push when he learned of approaching Katrina, or that leaving his ranch a few days earlier would have made a difference. No, inspite of some of my larger concerns with this administration, I must respect MOST of what he has accomplished so far. I must also trust that most thinking Americans cannot be led astray by those accusatory headlines in the birdcage liners every day.
What? Was there some news involving Dick Cheney? Oh, yeah, didn't he go hunting with a buddy of his? It was some time ago, I think. How did that all work out?
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."