Why Does the Media Not Care About Lies From the Bush Administration?
Q: Okay, but at the beginning of this story, the President, you, Dan Bartlett, others said on camera that politics was not involved, this was performance-based. MR. SNOW: That is something -- we have never said that.
Of course, Tony Snow himself said exactly that:
"[W]hat the President has -- the Department of Justice has made recommendations, they've been approved. And it's pretty clear that these things are based on performance and not on sort of attempts to do political retaliation, if you will."
Was the Media always so ho hum about being lied to by the White House? Why no. Of course when President Clinton's White House did not give the Beltway Gasbags the answers they wanted, it was a Constitutional Crisis:
THE LYING OFFENDS THEM. For both politicians and journalists, trust is the coin of the realm. Without trust, the system breaks down.
"We have our own set of village rules," says David Gergen, editor at large at U.S. News & World Report, who worked for both the Reagan and Clinton White House. "Sex did not violate those rules. The deep and searing violation took place when he not only lied to the country, but co-opted his friends and lied to them. That is one on which people choke.
"We all live together, we have a sense of community, there's a small-town quality here. We all understand we do certain things, we make certain compromises. But when you have gone over the line, you won't bring others into it. That is a cardinal rule of the village. You don't foul the nest."
"This is a contractual city," says Chris Matthews, who once was a top aide to the late Speaker of the House Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill. "There are no factories here. What we make are deals. It's a city based on bonds made and kept." The president, he went on, "has broken and shattered contracts publicly and shamefully. He violates the trust at the highest level of politics. Matthews, now a Washington columnist for the San Francisco Examiner and host of CNBC's "Hardball," also says, "There has to be a functional trust by reporters of the person they're covering. Clinton lies knowing that you know he's lying. It's brutal and it subjugates the person who's being lied to. I resent deeply being constantly lied to."
Republican Alan Simpson, a longtime Washington insider now teaching at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in Boston, still identifies with his colleagues in this situation. "There is only one question here," says the former senator. "Did he raise his right hand and lie about it and then lie again? Lying under oath -- that to me is all there is. Did this man, whether he is head of the hardware store or the president or applying for a game and fishing license, raise his hand and say, 'This is the truth'?"Certainly Clinton is not the first president to lie. But the scope and circumstances of his lying enrage Establishment Washington.
I'll tell you who the liars are - the Beltway Esablishment. What a despicable, mendacious, sanctimonious lying group of lowlifes.
They let the Bush Administration lie to their face time after time after time and all they want is a pardon for Scooter Libby.
And so-called "Democrats" - Beltway Democrats I call them, are the worst. What do Lanny Davis and Martin Frost have to say today?
Martin Frost, a former Texas Democratic representative, said Snow will just have to tamp down on those in his new position.
"I think Tony obviously has credibility ... He's somebody that the press respects. . . . Snow is a good choice for the position because he has a good reputation, Frost said.
"I think he was a good choice and I think it's good for the president to put somebody out with somebody like Tony who has credibility and let's hope that people can work together in Washington a little bit more," Frost said.
Lanny Davis, former White House counsel to President Bill Clinton, said Snow should not be compared to more divisive radio talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham.“I hope that the Republicans don’t try to label him as a right-winger because he’s a conservative, but he’s a man of fairness and integrity. I think he will have a great deal of credibility on behalf of President Bush,” Davis said.
Anyone familiar with Tony Snow's work at Fox News prior to his joining the White House knows that Tony Snow was one of the lyingest liars in Washington. The problem with Washington's lack of integrity, respect for the truth and and general crappiness is exacerbated by the likes of "Democrats" like Frost and Davis.
If there actually was any integrity in the Washington Press Corps, they would be scalping Tony Snow, who has lied to their face every day now. Of course they won't. They are too busy protesting on behalf of the convicted felon, the perjurer and obstructor of justice, Scooter Libby. That, you see, is what they are about, protecting their own scumbags.
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