Propagannon, in its full flower, gets more coverage
You had to wonder when significant aspects of this story would get coverage outside of Keith Olbermann. John Aravosis over at AmericaBlog mentioned two stories that are finally cracking open their notebooks and talking about the sleaze, corruption and security risk that the “Jeff Gannon” debacle represents. So far, as John said, it’s been “Pay no attention to the naked gay conservative male prostitute sitting in the middle of the family values White House living room.”
Joe Conason: ‘Liberal’ Media Silent About Guckert Saga
As John said in an earlier post on this silence (and lack of action by Dem politicians on this):
…just imagine if this were 1998 and the president were named Bill Clinton. Just imagine that it was discovered that a prostitute was given regular access to the White House, circumventing normal security procedures, given access to the president and access to classified information about weapons of mass destruction.
Would the Republicans do?
A. Run in fear.
B. Jump for joy and beat the crap out of us with it.
Answer: There would be a TV commercial with the president and the prostitute.
I’m telling you, folks. Keep an eye on these supposed allies we have on the Hill. They were wimps last year, along with the liberal non-profits and the liberal establishment, and it’s not like they suddenly grew a set of balls in the past six weeks. We hand them this issue on a plate and they run in fear, just like the mainstream media.
And in this case, I take back what I said in the post below about being nice. With politicians, it’s a whole other matter. With journalists, logic will get you far. With politicians, even of your own party, sometimes you need to give them a swift kick in the balls.
I agree. I don’t know what it takes for the media to see and report on what this administration is up to. It’s also dropping by Digby, who puts it all in perspective as well.
A Republican’s political instincts would tell them instantly that this Manchurian Beefcake story presents an amazingly fertile opportunity to take the Bush White House off message in a way that they clearly despise, sow dissension within the GOP coalition, mitigate a growing moral hazard and most of all, make Republicans around the country examine once again whether their attitudes about gays are really what they think they are.
This is a legitimate issue that has dropped in the Dems’ lap and they are doing everything they can to find a way to not get caught mud-slinging. Folks, being on the high horse about this when the GOP shows no reluctance in getting down and dirty is stupid when their tricks have proven to work every single time.
Someone find that rent boy’s client list. It may explain why the White House isn’t answering questions about how a wholly unqualified “journalist”/prosty could sit four rows from the President, and be a figure in the Valerie Plame incident.