Monday, August 17, 2009

Fox News "Can't Get a Straight Answer" from White House. Now They Know How the Rest of the Media Felt During the Bush Years

During the administration of President George W. Bush, reporters at the daily White House briefings were routinely dismissed, disrespected and lied to as press secretaries Ari Fleischer, Scott McClellan, Tony Snow and then Dana Perilo arrogantly refused to answer tough questions on hot-button issues such as Iraq, Katrina, CIA leaks, illegal wiretapping and torture. Bush himself was dismissive and showed a general disdain for the media during his press conferences, on the few occasions he actually held them. He often ridiculed and chastised reporters who pushed his many buttons a little too far, ignoring their questions with a smug "I'm just not gonna answer you," as he did with NBC's David Gregory in one such notable and highly contested exchange.

To be sure, the Bush administration was the most secretive in history, blatantly marginalizing and demeaning the press as it cavalierly reshaped American politics and national security with relative media impunity.

And now the hypocritical Republican crybabies at Fox are outraged over a heated exchange last Thursday between President Barack Obama's press secretary Robert Gibbs and their White House correspondent, Major Garrett, over unsolicited emails allegedly being sent out by the White House to shore up support for Obama's health care reform. It seems like this is all the network can talk about since, incredulously asking "Where are all the other reporters? Why are we the only ones digging into this issue? Why can't we get a straight answer out of Gibbs?

Email spamming? Are they for real? Where was Fox News and Major Garrett as thousands of US soldiers were dying, and tens of thousands more injured and maimed, in Bush's unjust Iraq war? Where was Fox and Garrett as Bush, Cheney, Rove and Scooter Libby were outing CIA agent Valerie Plame and putting her and other agency operatives in danger as retribution over her husband Joe Wilson's 2003 NY Times op-ed "What I didn't Find in Africa" (regarding the bogus claim about Saddam buying yellow cake uranium from Niger). Where was Fox and Garrett as Bush embarrassed and humiliated the U.S. by botching the post-Katrina rescue and recovery? Where was Fox and Garrett during the Abu Ghraib crimes and the Bushies' contention that only a "few rogue soldiers" were responsible? Where were Fox and Garrett when Bush was breaking FISA laws so he could spy on whoever the hell he wanted? Where were the tough questions then? Where was Fox and Garrett's outrage then? Where was the respect for the Constitution and the rule of law then? Where was the concern over Americans' right to privacy then? Spamming has them fired up? Cheney please....

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Anonymous said...

All I can say is if the health care reform bill does not have a public option, the Dems are doomed in 2010. "We the people" feel betrayed.

What is wrong with the Dems? The Repubs would never cave in on their goals.

I am totally disgusted with the Dems.
DON'T SELL US OUT!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Excellent points, all. Fox is typically repuglican, faking outrage and showing blatant hypocrisy. A minor error: the article transposed 'Saddam' and 'Niger' in it's discussion of the fake uranium sales that helped the smirking chimp launch his bogus war.

Anonymous said...

The RepubliCONS have always been hypocrites,never more so than in the last 8 years and now.
Their "do as I say not as I do" mentality sucks.
I don't subscribe to their way of thinking, and I will not do what THEY want me to do, and think the way THEY want me to think. I can think on my own, thank you and I'll choose to do what I want to do.

The Ostroy Report said...

Anon 849, thanks for the catch...