Radio Day

Relating directly to the previous entry, President Bush is planning an election-related “Radio Day” today, with radio talk show hosts setting up on the White House lawn.

The tent will be open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for about 50 radio hosts and reporters to broadcast live to millions of listeners. Syndicated conservative hosts Oliver North and Sean Hannity will be there.

Guests for eight- to 10-minute interviews will include Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and Commerce Secretary Don Evans. Even White House staffers who rarely do interviews will make the rounds, including chief of staff Andy Card, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and senior adviser Karl Rove.

All on paid government time, by the way. And what’s this with allowing Ollie North back at the White House?

Just how blatant can the election manipulation get, before the public reacts?

No, wait a minute, if you listen to AM radio, or watch TV, or read local newspapers, you aren’t going to get a chance to hear anyone suggest that there’s anything improper about this — or about the timing of the Iraq war vote. You’re only going to hear about why you should vote Republican, and about how stupid “liberals” are, and about how markets are the best way to decide policy, and about how raising wages costs jobs, and about how estate taxes are “death taxes” rather than taxes on inherited income, etc.