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    We may not agree on alot of things in this forum but a common gripe I see is that the press is just not doing a good job. Of course alot of those here think that there is a liberal bias and some say that the major news organizations are owned by big business and publish articles that only enhance the bottom line but rarely have I seen anyone protest about how they treat the government.

    From Glenn Greenwald Salon.com

    "The Washington Post's Anne Kornblut today produces an extreme piece of government-serving, stenographic "journalism," publishing a dubious administration press release masquerading as a lengthy news article on Obama's approach to Terrorism and civil liberties. The Post depicts Obama as heavily and heroically engaged in disrupting the alleged Najibullah Zazi domestic terrorist plot and -- repeatedly highlighting that success -- claims "the White House has been charting a delicate course as it attempts to turn the page on Bush-era anti-terrorism policies," whereby "the Obama administration is increasingly confident that it has struck a balance between protecting civil liberties, honoring international law and safeguarding the country." Here are all of Kornblut's cited sources for the article -- every last one of them -- in the order she cites them:

    Obama aides pointed . . . administration officials said . . . a senior administration official said . . . officials said . . . a senior administration official said . . . senior Obama officials stressed . . . a senior administration official said . . . aides said . . . officials said . . . one senior administration official said. . . . one senior official said. . . . The official said . . . a senior administration official said . . . a senior administration official said . . . administration officials said . . . . a senior official said.

    Not a single named person is cited, and there's not a syllable of quoted dissent in any of it. "


    What is particularly disturbing about all this is that when challenged about this shoddy reporting they can't or will they admit they are wrong.

    The full article can be read here:http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/

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    Quote Originally Posted by cotts135 View Post
    We may not agree on alot of things in this forum but a common gripe I see is that the press is just not doing a good job. Of course alot of those here think that there is a liberal bias and some say that the major news organizations are owned by big business and publish articles that only enhance the bottom line but rarely have I seen anyone protest about how they treat the government.

    From Glenn Greenwald Salon.com

    "The Washington Post's Anne Kornblut today produces an extreme piece of government-serving, stenographic "journalism," publishing a dubious administration press release masquerading as a lengthy news article on Obama's approach to Terrorism and civil liberties. The Post depicts Obama as heavily and heroically engaged in disrupting the alleged Najibullah Zazi domestic terrorist plot and -- repeatedly highlighting that success -- claims "the White House has been charting a delicate course as it attempts to turn the page on Bush-era anti-terrorism policies," whereby "the Obama administration is increasingly confident that it has struck a balance between protecting civil liberties, honoring international law and safeguarding the country." Here are all of Kornblut's cited sources for the article -- every last one of them -- in the order she cites them:

    Obama aides pointed . . . administration officials said . . . a senior administration official said . . . officials said . . . a senior administration official said . . . senior Obama officials stressed . . . a senior administration official said . . . aides said . . . officials said . . . one senior administration official said. . . . one senior official said. . . . The official said . . . a senior administration official said . . . a senior administration official said . . . administration officials said . . . . a senior official said.

    Not a single named person is cited, and there's not a syllable of quoted dissent in any of it. "


    What is particularly disturbing about all this is that when challenged about this shoddy reporting they can't or will they admit they are wrong.

    The full article can be read here:http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/
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    Quote Originally Posted by R Little View Post
    Where have you been Bueller?
    This also happened during the Bush Administration. You have to look no further than the run up to the Iraq war to see that these so called reporters are nothing more than scribes and stenographers for the government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R Little View Post
    Where have you been Bueller?
    Cotts isn't late to the party. Crazier than an outhouse rat, sure (j/k ), but he's no hypocrite about his civil libertarian principles; regardless of who's in the White House. The same can't be said for many of the Obama Amen Chorus that posts here. Greenwald wrote these paragraphs just for them:

    What has characterized the Obama administration's approach to terrorism and civil liberties, far more than anything else, is a full-scale embrace of the defining Bush/Cheney approach. The only two examples Kornblut cites to justify these claims -- that Obama jettisoned "enhanced interrogation techniques and secret prisons" -- prove little, since the formal authorization for such interrogation techniques was already withdrawn when Obama took office and secret prisons were already empty.

    But even granting the significance of those first-week measures, the Obama administration has aggressively defended, justified and embraced the overwhelming bulk of Bush/Cheney Terrorism policies -- the exact ones that caused liberals and Democrats to object so vehemently over the last eight years: imprisonment with no trials, maintaining a legal black hole at Bagram, military commissions, renditions, warrantless eavesdropping, claims of state secrets to prevent judicial review of presidential lawbreaking, legal immunity for all but the lowest-level war criminals, abuse-guaranteeing Patriot Act powers, impenetrable walls of secrecy in the national security context. The very idea that Obama has been "attempt[ing] to turn the page on Bush-era anti-terrorism policies" is ludicrous: blatant administration propaganda. Even among huge numbers of Obama-supporting progressives, there has long been a consensus that Obama's Terrorism approach is defined by a full-scale embrace of the Bush/Cheney mentality.
    I can disagree with Greewald about his civil liberty beliefs, but he sure knows hypocrisy when he sees it.
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