Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Bush Isn't the Problem. It's the Media.

I honestly believe that the biggest trouble liberals have is that we've been blaming Bush this whole time instead of putting the blame where it really belongs: The Media.

The Bush Administration has just been doing what ALL presidential administrations want to do. Did Clinton want unintended leaks or did he want things confidential, on-message, with only controlled leaks? Did Clinton want to push his left-wing agenda on America, or did he want to be constantly battling to stay relevant? What President WOULDN'T have done much of what Bush did? I'm not talking about the specific agenda, but the overall coup of doing what you wanted?

And that's the point, Bush did what they all would have done. So why weren't we attacking the enablers instead? The media went along with this crap and the whole time most liberals kept saying "Impeach Chimp" or "Cheney is a crook". The message should have been: The Media has sold us out to their own celebrity.

That's how the conservatives did it. They got the media so worried about a liberal bias that their lack of real coverage gave us a conservative bias. And the Washington conservative elite convinced the media that they should be more like the conservatives than like those rowdy protestors. And they became convinced that any item which did not make Bush look good was "unfair" and made a point of limiting our intimacy with such items. Pointing out the Bush Family connections with the Bin Laden family was in poor taste. Showing Bush in unscripted moments acting like a doof when he should be serious was saved for The Daily Show. And showing him yachting conflicted with the "real" Bush we constantly see clearing brush in sweltering Crawford.

And now this movie comes out which destroys the case for Bush that they've been making since before the 2000 election. They painted Bush either as a competent "everyman" or as a nice guy boob that was surrounded by competent advisors who would do what was best for America; and America bought it. And that's why the media hates the movie so much. They complain about the facts, but what they really hate is that Moore showed us what they thought was off-script and therefore unfair. They act like a book author who sees their characters altered in the film adaptation. But in this case, it was the author who forgot to flesh out the character accurately.

Hell, many liberals have complained that the movie wasn't STRONG enough. But that just backs up my point. This relatively mild indictment of Bush is nothing new, yet it is clearly impacting millions of people. There is no reason the media hasn't been telling us this stuff. No reason except they've been duped into believing that these facts are somehow wrong to mention. And instead of us blaming the messanger who wouldn't deliver the message, liberals have been blaming the guy that took advantage of it.

But it's not Bush's fault, he was just being human. It was the media's fault for not doing their job.

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