"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Monday, January 23, 2006

TIME.com: When George Met Jack -- Jan. 30, 2006 -- Page 1

TIME.com: When George Met Jack -- Jan. 30, 2006 -- Page 1: "The images of Bush, Abramoff and one of his sons appear to be the rapid-fire shots--known in White House parlance as clicks"

"Last month 9,500 people attended holiday receptions at the White House, and most went two by two through a line for a photo with the President and the First Lady."

So this is what Time magazine has become. The best they and the rest of the media can do is an article or articles based upon photographs, which in their quote above are a dime a dozen.

I caught a bit of CBS news last night and they had a report about the pictures and the Time article(s) (unfortunately my daughter did not allow me to hear it all), but one of the quotes I caught was, (not word for word) "the White House needs to level with the media or imaginations are going to run wild." This sounds like 1.) a threat and 2.) situation normal based upon observations of the past five years.

How pathetic a scoop this is. This is about as classic as an article written by CNN and others based upon poll results.
If there isn't a story, make one.

One good thing for the media is that a picture is worth a 1,000 words; they won't have to strain their imaginations too hard with a 5,000 word head start.


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