Rove: The big picture

"Lying to the press--though a serious thing--is what all Administrations do. In Washington leaking to damage people's credibility or wreck their arguments is routine, a bi-partisan game with thousands of knowing participants," writes Jay Rosen. "But business as usual is not going to explain what happened in the Valerie Plame case, or tell us why its revelations matter. For that we need to enlarge the frame."

The Bush team has waged a largely successful war on the power of the press, "Press Rollback," in an attempt to control Truth itself. But:

"The brutalizing of McClellan was no recovery of courage by a suddenly-awakened press. It was the Bush team's bald assertiveness coming into conflict with truth collection in the criminal justice system, which has exposed a seamy story that journalists themselves would have kept hidden because it involves their confidential sources."

Or, as journalist Ron Suskind says:


Absolutely! That's the whole idea, to somehow sweep away the community of honest brokers in America -- both Republicans and Democrats and members of the mainstream press -- sweep them away so we'll be left with a culture and public dialogue based on assertion rather than authenticity, on claim rather than fact.
Read the whole thing and you will know more than before. (Huffington)

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