Monday, February 20, 2006

White House Press Corps Rented a Spine

L-Girl, the blogger at We Move to Canada (subtitle: american by birth, canadian by choice), observes that the truly remarkable thing about the Cheney shoot-out was that "the White House Press Corps rented a spine for [a] day."

She has a point. If the press was in the habit of behaving responsibly, or doing their job, our little pre-emptive invasion of Iraq would never have happened. All of those lost and damaged American and Iraqi lives would have been spared.

If the American media had done its job, candidate George W. Bushie Jr. would have been discredited as incompetent and unqualified long before election day 2000. A little hot-shot Texas cowboy-wannabe with money and ego for brains, how hard could it have been? But, no, our infantile press chose to discredit Al Gore for the high crimes of rolling his eyes and performing stiffly on camera.

For an encore, they slaughtered Dean for the crime of yelling too loud.

There are high school journalists who behave more responsibly.

L-Girl says one of the things she loves about Canada is that the media says things like this:

Other newsworthy events took place yesterday: Four U.S. soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan and Iran began enriching uranium in its deadly game of nuclear brinkmanship, but the press corps here was interested in only one story — why it took almost 24 hours for the world to find out that U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney had accidentally shot a man in the face during a weekend Texas hunting trip.

After five years of largely accepting the Bush administration's version of events on everything from Iraq's illusory weapons of mass destruction to the bungled response to hurricane Katrina, the White House press corps suddenly turned aggressive yesterday, refusing to accept spokesman Scott McClellan's explanations of why the public had been left in the dark about Mr. Cheney's hunting mishap.

At We Move to Canada, you can find out what you need to know if you decide to make the move to a predominantly intelligent country.