Greg reminds us of a powerful scene from All the Predient's Men (the book, not the movie)wherein a reporter had finally had enough of being lied to and let Clark MacGregor have it.
Greg asks, "when are Russert and the gang going to decide that enough is enough and really, seriously get angry about being lied to all the time?"
The answer is NEVER!
And, as a Democrat, I think it is the wrong question.
My question to my party is when are you Democrats who represent us in the media going to get mad? When folks like Russert or Blitzer just pass along GOP talking points why do Dems think they have to just sit their and politely answer such nonsense.
Case in point. On January 8, Howard Dean appeared on Late Edition and Blitzer and had the following exchange:
BLITZER: Should Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, who has now pleaded guilty to bribery charges, among other charges, a Republican lobbyist in Washington, should the Democrat who took money from him give that money to charity or give it back?Howard addressed Blitzer's points and was direct and professional. But why did Howard give Blitzer a pass on obviously repeating a GOP talking point?!
DEAN: There are no Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, not one, not one single Democrat. Every person named in this scandal is a Republican. Every person under investigation is a Republican. Every person indicted is a Republican. This is a Republican finance scandal. There is no evidence that Jack Abramoff ever gave any Democrat any money. And we've looked through all of those FEC reports to make sure that's true.
BLITZER: But through various Abramoff-related organizations and outfits, a bunch of Democrats did take money that presumably originated with Jack Abramoff.
DEAN: That's not true either. There's no evidence for that either. There is no evidence...
And I don't want to just pick on Howard. This is SOP.
So here is a quick message to every D who appears in the media:
The American people will never believe you can defend them when you don't defend yourself!
Imagine instead if Howard had responded to Wolf something along these lines:
DEAN: Excuse me Wolf, but surely you know by now that neither Jack Ambramoff, his wife nor his PAC have give so much as a dime to any Democrat? This is a matter of public record Wolf available online at the FEC that anyone with Internet access can obtain.You get the idea. Howard could have gone on forever really shamed Wolf, and should have. Just has Russert should be shamed every time he trys the same bs. EVERY TIME!
Wolf are you just repeating GOP talking points? What is the source for your claim that "Democrats took money from Abramoff?".....
If we Dems are waiting for Russert, Blitzer and the rest of the Washington Press clique to save us, than all hope is lost. The modern Washington press are a joke.
So what are the Dems going to do about it.