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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, October 09, 2006

The administration strategizes to lie to America and that's not the story

This is awful. WaPo, Page A01.
GOP officials are urging lawmakers to focus exclusively on local issues and leave it to party leaders to mitigate the Foley controversy by accusing Democrats of trying to politicize it. At the same time, the White House plans to amplify national security issues, especially the threat of terrorism, after North Korea's reported nuclear test, in hopes of shifting the debate away from casualties and controversy during the final month of the campaign.

Doesn't it seem strange that on the front page above the fold in one of the nation's top newspapers, the administration is openly planning to lie to America to win an election?

Regardless of any reality, the GOP strategy is to hype the threat of terrorism solely for political gain and to exploit its own failure in North Korea to hide the bodies piling up in Iraq.

The Washington Post is telling me on its front page that the President of the United States is going to make speech after speech for the next month intentionally misinforming the country.

And that isn't the story.

The morality of such a thing isn't even challenged; the entire policy is covered as if it were a coaching strategy at a sporting event. "That administration team sure was clever the way they fooled people to win the game." Doesn't that seem really wrong?

Isn't there more than that?

In the eyes of Vandehei and Cilizza, this passes without comment.

2 Comments:

  • And a guy like Mark Halperin applauds this kind of Rovian strategy. That's why I wanted to attend the Halperin book signing a few days back and pull a Jon Stewart on him ("Can't you do your job instead of just shill for these liars?")

    Ughh. This is what's wrong with America.

    By Blogger reality-based educator, at 6:38 AM  

  • It is. And I think the rechback to Stewart's crossfire appearance is deadon.

    Politics no longer even carries the pretense of morality.

    It reminds me of the massively destructive "greed is good" era in the business sector.

    Mike

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 11:05 AM  

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