Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Tell

Do you want an example of just how in-the-tank the media is these days? This is from an article about a press conference with Dana Perino, White House shill spokesperson. The questioner is Helen Thomas:

Q The President has said publicly several times, in two consecutive news conferences a few months ago, and you have said over and over again, we do not torture. Now he has admitted that he did sign off on torture, he did know about it. So how do you reconcile this credibility gap?

MS. PERINO: Helen, you're taking liberties with what the President said. The United States has not, is not torturing any detainees in the global war on terror. And General Hayden, amongst others, has spoken on Capitol Hill fully in this regard, and it is -- I'll leave it where it is. The President is accurate in saying what he said.

...Q You're denying, in this room, that we torture and we have tortured?

MS. PERINO: Yes, I am denying that.

Helen then turned in her seat, looked at her colleagues, shook her head in disgust, and asked sadly: "Where is everybody? For God's sakes!"
Helen. Everybody is in the tank. None of your colleagues, and I use the term loosely, thinks it's a big deal that the Preznit authorized torture in the Oval Office. It's not a blow-job after all. Helen. This is not the 1960's when reporters actually did their jobs which included acting as the "fourth estate". It's the new century where the media is a corporate arm of government.

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