Skip to comments.Up to a Point, Mr. President
Posted on 01/11/2010 6:30:34 PM PST by neverdem
In Evelyn Waugh's novel "Scoop," the best book on journalism ever written, Lord Copper, proprietor of the Daily Beast, is followed around by a flunkie who responds to every statement he makes. When Lord Copper says something that is true, the flunkie says, "Absolutely, Lord Copper." When he says something that is false, the flunkie says, "Up to a point, Lord Copper."
American politicians and public officials are not followed around by such aides. But the press and public opinion can and often do perform the function of Lord Copper's flunkie.
Such has been the case in the Obama administration's responses to the would-be Christmas bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab...
It has been argued by no less a polemicist than Michael Kinsley that the decision was right because Abdulmutallab was in the United States. But it was not his intention to enter the United States (except as body parts), nor did Customs admit him legally to the country.
Not surprisingly, Obama has avoided this issue in public. On Jan. 7, he asserted that "the buck stops with me" and said, "As president, I have a solemn responsibility to protect our nation and our people."
Sounds good. But if you connect the dots, including the decision to give the Christmas bomber a lawyer and to allow him to clam up, the response has to be: Up to a point, Mr. President.
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...
Obama and his Chicago mob Whitehouse has bought MSNBC’s whole worldwide broadcasting power, for years, to lie and spin ALL NEWS.
Now Sarah Palin has Fox news to counter all the Whitehouse lies, what a GREAT change this will make for us conservatives. The truth will fill the airwaves from now on, thank you SARAH DEAR.
I’ve been gradually re-reading Evelyn Waugh over the past couple of years. By a coincidence, I just re-read Scoop a couple of weeks ago. Great book—like all his novels.
Speaking of journalism, just when, if ever, did journalism schools cease teaching writers, jounalists, etc. not to create meaningful headlines, titles, etc.???
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