Tuesday, June 19, 2007

This is truly ugly

For the past couple of weeks, primarily since the end of the Libby Trial, the verdict and the sentencing, we've watched in absolute horror as the "inside-the-beltway" gang rallyed around one of their own and showed us the horrible, ugly truth about the state of reportage in America today...

Richard Cohen, supposedly a liberal working for a supposedly liberal paper writes:

With the sentencing of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Fitzgerald has apparently finished his work, which was, not to put too fine a point on it, to make a mountain out of a molehill. At the urging of the liberal press (especially the New York Times), he was appointed to look into a run-of-the-mill leak and wound up prosecuting not the leaker -- Richard Armitage of the State Department -- but Libby, convicted in the end of lying. This is not an entirely trivial matter since government officials should not lie to grand juries, but neither should they be called to account for practicing the dark art of politics. As with sex or real estate, it is often best to keep the lights off

Keep the lights off?

Keep the f-ing lights off?

Isn't it the role of the press to shine light into the darkness so the public can see what's going on and make informed decisions?
Worse yet, Greenwald goes on to point out that this isn't the first time the Washington/National Press Corps "kept the lights off".

Or, as Richard Cohen put it: "It is often best to keep the lights off." In exactly the same way, Tim Russert was forced to reveal his vital role in keeping the lights off for his friends and colleagues, Our High Government Officials, as described by Dan Froomkin: "According to Russert's testimony yesterday at Libby's trial, when any senior government official calls him, they are presumptively off the record. . . . That's not reporting, that's enabling."

In other words, the role of the press is to protect the palace and all who inhabit it because they are, once and forever, the elite.

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