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With the Bushies, if you're their friend, anything goes. If you're their critic, nothing goes. They're waging a jihad against journalists - buying them off so they'll promote administration programs, trying to put them in jail for doing their jobs and replacing them with ringers.
At last month's press conference, Jeff Gannon asked Mr. Bush how he could work with Democrats "who seem to have divorced themselves from reality." But Bush officials have divorced themselves from reality.
They flipped TV's in the West Wing and Air Force One to Fox News. They paid conservative columnists handsomely to promote administration programs. Federal agencies distributed packaged "news" video releases with faux anchors so local news outlets would run them. As CNN reported, the Pentagon produces Web sites with "news" articles intended to influence opinion abroad and at home, but you have to look hard for the disclaimer: "Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense." The agencies spent a whopping $88 million spinning reality in 2004, splurging on P.R. contracts.
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I love Ms. Dowd, the epitome of what I like in a woman, smart, independent, good looking, like Mrs. F. She nails this squarely on the head, Chimpy Inc's Orwellian experiment that is destroying the country. Imagine it, if you will, a male prostitute (any prostitute) gets a press pass to the White House and Maureen Dowd is denied. If that isn't an indication about how fucked up things are, I don't know what is. Maybe she should try selling her ass on the street in Anacostia? She might get access then.