OTM: Bush Tells the Press THANK YOU

onthemediaThere is no question that the U.S. news media has been a shameful failure at keeping the public informed about the activities of the Bush/Cheney administration over the past eight years. In all fairness, however, Bush and company haven’t made it easy. Bob Garfield compiled an excellent catalogue of the press abuse perpetrated by the thankfully almost gone president and his crew on the most recent edition of On the Media:

The Washington Post called Bush’s final press conference “wistful”. The Los Angeles Times called it “wistful”. The Associated Press called it… “wistful”. Could they have meant “willful”?

BUSH: Here at the last press conference, I’m interested in answering some of your questions, but mostly I’m interested in saying thank you for the job…

Oh, really? Thank you? I believed him when he said “you”, but I’m pretty sure “thank” isn’t the verb of one syllable he had in mind, because for the past 8 years this White House has mainly given the fourth estate, and the first amendment, the finger.

…Alleged combatants were secretly detained, official emails were lost, congressional subpoenas were ignored. Through so-called national security letters unwilling informants were gagged, and on and on and on…

The Bush administration ridiculed the press, ignored the press, stonewalled the press, bullied the press, maneuvered around the press, co-opted the press, censored the press, jailed the press, fabricated for the press, lied to the press, and, for example, when caught illegally wiretapping Americans without a warrant, blamed the press…

…He did everything in his power to subvert the first rough draft of history, but leaves office knowing that history will have its due…

BUSH: It has been a honor to work with you. I meant what I said when I first got up here. I wish you all the very best. I wish you and your families all the best…

…Well, Mr. President, thank you. No, really, THANK YOU.

This excerpt contains just a brief taste of the long litany of press abuses Garfield chronicles. Here’s the complete audio:

~ by lolarusa on January 17, 2009.

One Response to “OTM: Bush Tells the Press THANK YOU”


    ‘Tis death! and peace, indeed, is here,
    And ease from shame, and rest from fear.
    There’s nothing can dismarble now
    The smoothness of that limpid brow.
    But is a calm like this, in truth,
    The crowning end of life and youth,
    And when this boon rewards the dead,
    Are all debts paid, has all been said?
    And is the heart of youth so light,
    Its step so firm, its eye so bright,
    Because on its hot brow there blows
    A wind of promise and repose
    From the far grave, to which it goes;
    Because it hath the hope to come,
    One day, to harbour in the tomb?
    Ah no, the bliss youth dreams is one
    For daylight, for the cheerful sun,
    For feeling nerves and living breath–
    Youth dreams a bliss on this side death.
    It dreams a rest, if not more deep,
    More grateful than this marble sleep;
    It hears a voice within it tell:
    Calm’s not life’s crown, though calm is well.
    ‘Tis all perhaps which man acquires,
    But ’tis not what our youth desires.

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