Friday, October 26, 2007
  Turnabouts

Polistra has observed a couple of interesting turnabouts.




First turnabout: For many years, while the left-wing media had a total monopoly, it steadfastly insisted that there was no collusion, no conspiracy, no talking points; even though any objective observer could spot the precisely identical choice of stories and the precisely identical wordings.

Lately -- just this year I think -- we've crossed over into opposite territory.

Now the right-wing media steadfastly denies any collusion or conspiracy when asked or accused, even though any objective observer can spot the precisely identical choice of stories and wordings ... while the left-wing media is losing its uniformity. ABC and NBC still follow the lead of the NYTimes with perfect fidelity, but CNN and CBS often pick stories outside the talking points of either team, and often treat facts with honesty and genuine fairness.

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Second turnabout: In today's regular White House press conf, spokesman Perino took a question from an unknown reporter who was coming from the pro-energy side. From Polistra's side! The reporter said that a new oil refinery was being planned in northern Indiana; EPA had approved the plans and Indiana's governor was pushing it, but Congress voted against it in the latest energy bill. The reporter asked why the White House was silent on this, since Bush CLAIMS (falsely) to be in favor of oil exploration. Perino brushed the question off, thus making the Bush position perfectly clear.

Now I understand why it was so important to keep Traitor Helen Thomas in the press room instead of in jail where he/she belongs. When all the questions sound like Taser Bro's screeching ...

"BUSHITLER!!!!!!! BUSHITLER!!!!!!! HALLIBURTON!!!!!!! SKULL-N-BONES!!!!! SKULL-N-BONES!!!!!! BLOOD FOR OIL!!!!!! DIE, NAZI, DIE!!!!!!"

... when the questions come from that angle, it's easy for the White House to sound pro-American and pro-Energy by comparison without ever doing anything for America or for energy. The true anti-American and anti-Energy nature of the Vichy regime only gets exposed when questioned from a pro-American angle.
 


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