Friday, March 24, 2006

Why Rumsfeld Still Rawks 
Via Powerline Via Gateway Pundit comes this illuminating exchange:

Reporter: Do you feel embattled at this point in your tenure? In a recent column, Maureen Dowd quoted an unidentified administration official who described you as an "eccentric old uncle who's ignored." She claims that you don't hold the same sway in meetings.
Rumsfeld: Did you get all that? You want to be on camera, right? That’s a sure way to get on the evening news. The answer to your question is no.

Reporter: Well, I'm asking about the facts reported in the column. Do you feel you hold the same sway in meetings?

Rumsfeld: I'm not going to comment on that.

(Pause)- Rumsfeld looks away for a moment, then...

Rumsfeld: If you believe everything you read in Maureen Dowd, you better get a life.

So now the press is reduced to digging up secondhand anonymous conjecture from slodden-headed quasi-gossip opinion columnists, and spending precious interview time asking for Rumsfeld's reaction to something that clearly doesn't rise to a level that warrants a response.

Can the press become any more cloistered and self-referential? Is there any vignette that better illustrates their narcissistic sense of self-importance?

The Fourth Estate is serving the public very poorly, indeed.

Splash, out


when they REALLY served the public poorly was in the lead up to the war......

any dope could use a few hours on a computer to figure out there weren't any nuclear WMDs in Iraq, and even if there were chemical or biological WMDs they could not hurt the USA.

And they could figure out that Saddam was not working with, or helping, bin Laden's group.

Now look at the mess the US government has created.
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