…a White House trying to decapitate another news organization.
AND, I might add, The Party will use Newsweek’s retraction to deflect any, repeat, ANY charges concerning an atmosphere and policy of torture. Just watch. It will be like the “Dan Rather memo” incident — which The Party used to convince the public that the “liberal” media made up the entire story of Bush shirking his National Guard duty. The actual story of Bush and the National Guard hasn’t been mentioned anywhere since.
CBS was harshly, harshly criticized for trying to maintain that the essence of their story was true even if the origins of one memo were questionable. CBS didn’t get that The Party was out to destroy them no matter what they did. They rolled over and appointed a Republican operative to run an “investigation” that didn’t even consider the accuracy of the story. The result was that CBS is effectively destroyed. Damned because they did.
So Newsweek, thinking it was learning a lesson from CBS’ holding out didn’t try, rolled right over and retracted the story, even though the essence of the story was accurate. Now the entire Party propaganda apparatus is working to destroy Newsweek. Damned because they didn’t.
Yesterday I blogged about a “Mallard Fillmore” comic in my local newspaper that tells readers not to trust or read newspapers. The paper continues to carry the strip – and lose readers. Maybe that’s what “getting it” means in this new environment of Party ideological intimidation.
ABC is one media outlet that clearly “gets it.” They refused to run United Church of Christ advertisements welcoming everyone into their church. But last week they allowed far-right Focus on the Family to run ads on their network. That is what The Party wants from the media, and that is what it will get.
Update – For press people who think they can somehow gain favor with The Party, here is an example of the Right’s sentiments about the press:
The desire to promote their agendas at the expense of the truth or our safety provides a measure of comfort to our enemy, who hopes to divide us from within.
Providing “comfort to our enemy?” Let that serve as a warning about what The Party has in mind for you. Watch your backs.