The conservative media will never recover from its
role as Chief Sycophant for the Bush administration. Journalists who demanded
that Clinton be held accountable for a minor sex scandal (Monica Lewinsky) and
a minor financial scandal (Whitewater) now serve as apologists and propagandists
for the Bush administration's major war scandals.
The Republican House of Representatives saw fit to impeach President Clinton
for lying about sex. The same Republicans defend to the hilt Bush's lies
that launched America into an unjustified war that has killed and maimed tens
of thousands of Iraqis and Americans, cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of
dollars, ruined America's reputation, and lost forever the hearts and minds
No decent or sensible person can have confidence in journalists and politicians
who take partisanship to such extreme lengths.
There is plenty of room in journalism and politics for arguments over issues
and policies. But two solid years of lies is beyond the pale.
Conservative journalists and Republican politicians not only lie through their
teeth, but also seek to destroy everyone who utters a word of dissent or truth.
For example, Tom Frank of The New Republic (once considered to be part
of the hated "liberal press") recently expressed his thoughts in that
unfortunate magazine. Frank
wrote that dissenters from Bush's gratuitous war should be beaten and even
killed. He expressed his wish that Arnold Schwarzenegger would punch Stan Goff
in the face. He wrote that seeing Arundhati Roy taken out with a "bunker
buster" would be a satisfying experience. As for Sherry Wolf and other
dissenters, "I wanted John Ashcroft to come busting through the wall with
a submachine gun to round everyone up for an immediate trip to Gitmo, with Charles
Graner on hand for interrogation."
What have Stan Goff, Arundhati Roy, and Sherry Wolf done to inspire Tom Frank
to reveal his brownshirted inner self?
A former Delta Force soldier, Goff joined up with Military Families Speak Out.
Roy penned a defense of the right of Iraqis to resist military occupation, and
Wolf agreed that Iraqis have a right to resist Bush's occupation of Iraq. Frank
views beatings, arrests, interrogations, torture, and death as appropriate responses
to these peaceful expressions of dissent.
Conservatives regard dissent as a serious offense, but they think it is treasonous
to give the public real information, as contrasted with Fox "News"
propaganda. Former Newt Gingrich operative and current Washington Times
editorial page editor Tony
Blankley believes America's premier investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh,
should be arrested for treason and perhaps shot for warning Americans about
the Bush administration's plans to start a war with Iran.
"Conservative" talk radio hosts and Republican politicians are foaming
at the mouth over Ward Churchill, a University of Colorado professor of ethics.
The professor's crime and the crazed Republicans mean the word literally
is to have stated that the U.S. should apply to itself the same standards
it applies to other countries.
Those conservatives who have not joined the New Brownshirts might ask themselves
why the mighty Bush apparatus and its legions of propagandists and sycophants
feel so threatened by a few expressions of dissent, a few facts, and a simple
ethical statement. Could it be that they know that their edifice of lies will
come crashing down if anyone is allowed to utter dissent or a word of truth?
The conservative media has blown its great chance to gain credibility by holding
Bush accountable as it did Clinton. Instead, the conservative media and talk
radio have shown themselves to be political partisans who fight against truth.
Justify Bush at all costs is their operative rule.
At least the German press and the Soviet press were forced into these roles
by Hitler and Stalin. The American conservative media willingly adopted the
role on its own.
The function of a journalist is to speak truth to power and to hold accountable
those with power. Abandoning this role, the conservative media cheers for war,
incompetent leaders, and a police state.