The Press Committing Suicide

Over at The Daily Brew, read The Consequences of Failure.

“I have never seen my peers as frightened as they are now” commented Mr. Hersh, who was recently described as a “terrorist” by Senior White House advisor Richard Perle. Mr. Hersh also spoke of his own frustration with the Bush administration. “There is no real standard of integrity because the White House doesn’t have any,” he said.

While Mr. Hersh’s observation that the White House is deliberately intimidating the Washington press may be correct, it is disingenuous at best to blame President Bush for the White House’s success in this effort. The catastrophic failure of our national press corps began well before Mr. Bush assumed office, at a time when American journalists were free to critique Mr. Bush with little fear of retribution.

I wrote something along these lines here and I think it’s worth reading again.

The history of right-wing treatment of the press is not good. Media people – do you really think it’s a good idea to be shilling for right-wingers?

Press people – it might help your careers today, but these people do not like you. That’s putting it mildly. You are not earning their respect.

Remember what Ann Coulter said, My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.” She said this after you helped put Bush in office! Did you earn her respect? No, she wants you dead and thanks to you she and her buddies are in a much better position to accomplish this.

No matter how much you suck up to the right wingers, they still call you “the liberal media.” You’re first in line, even before the gays, even before the atheists. If you keep helping them gain more and more power you’ll be the first they dispose of.