Thursday, February 17, 2005

Passing the Guck(ert)

Sidney Blumenthal illustrates how this administration is undermining the legitimacy of an independent press with all their dirty tricks. As he concludes:

But the affair's longer-run implication is the Republican effort to sideline an independent press and undermine its legitimacy. "Spin" seems too quaint. "In this day and age," said McClellan, waxing philosophical about the Gannon affair, "when you have a changing media, it's not an easy issue to decide or try to pick and choose who is a journalist." The problem is not that the White House press secretary cannot distinguish who is or is not a journalist; it is that there are no journalists, just the gaming of the system for the concentration of power.

Meanwhile, Daily Kos updates us on the White House gigolo, pointing out how obvious it is that the White House aided and abetted James Guckert.

And of course, the mainstream media has been diligently following this case...oh, wait. They're not. Sigh.