Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Media Tries To Ignore Gore's Call For Investigations of Bush But Notice Hillary Said, "Plantation"


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The media whores worked hard, trying to ignore what Gore said in his famous speech this week, now, in order to change the topic, they are screaming about Hillary Clinton saying the word, "Plantation." Like, wow.

From Common Voice:
President George W. Bush's staff are mad as hell and they're not taking it anymore. They charged that the junior senator from New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton was "out of bounds" when she said Monday that the Bush administration was "one of the worst" in US history and compared the Republican House to "a plantation."

The former First Lady said this at a rally in Harlem to honor Dr. Martin Luther King. Senator Clinton shared the stage with Rev. Al Sharpton and New York City Councilman Charles Barron who once said he'd like to walk up to a white man and slap him just for his own mental health.

During the daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Scott McLellan was asked about sharp remarks from two nationally prominent Democrats, Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore, who spoke before a crowd at a MoveOn.Org event.

Gore called for an independent probe of the administration program that listened in without a warrant on Americans suspected of talking to terrorists overseas.

Asked about the former Clinton Administration Democrats' comments on the same day, McClellan said, "Well, I think we know, one tends to like or enjoy grabbing headlines; the other one sounds like the political season may be starting early."
This article is typical of the right wingers. They never note how they spout racist, evil garbage but if ever a black man or woman ever says anything, any time, this has to be dredged up constantly.

The minions harping about Hillary saying, "Plantation" when more than half of America calls the GOP Congress a lot worse names is hilarious if it weren't so obviously tragic. This focusing on just one word, one gesture, one person is typical of the right wing scream machine which has smeared or changed the subject over and over again for years.

Only it is falling on deaf ears. Like Ulysses, we put cotton in our ears to cut out the shrieks of the sirens on the rocks. More and more, Americans are tuning out all this. The right wing hopes some of the screams will filter through which is why they took over NPR and thinking, silencing that last voice would fix their calliope is rather sad to see since we, on the internet, have circumvented them entirely.

As usual, pointing out the obvious mechanisms with which the right wing media bosses gull people is never ending work. I remember a NYT headline once, "Gore Campaign Must Repay $7 Million" and buried on the last line of the article was this eye-popper, "The GOP must repay $18 million" which was more than double what Gore had to return and after chastizing Gore for ten paragraphs, the much greater problems of the GOP rated exactly one sentence. The NYT could claim they covered the news but they covered it with manure.

The usual method was at work this week against Gore again. The media at first pretended this call to arms speech which basically said, Bush broke some very serious laws and has created a very serious Constitutional crisis, as some sort of obscure joke. Haha. Old Gore at it again. Then, as the web amplified his speech and cheered it and a Democrats.com poll showed that 54% of Americans want to see an impeachment investigation, as Bush's polling numbers as done by right wingers even are now below 40% approval ratings, the media had to boost Bush's crew of pirates so they attacked Gore directly.

No one can reply to this slime than the Man himself, Al Gore. From Rawstory:
"The Administration's response to my speech illustrates perfectly the need for a special counsel to review the legality of the NSA wiretapping program.

The Attorney General is making a political defense of the President without even addressing the substantive legal questions that have so troubled millions of Americans in both political parties.

There are two problems with the Attorney General's effort to focus attention on the past instead of the present Administration's behavior. First, as others have thoroughly documented, his charges are factually wrong. Both before and after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was amended in 1995, the Clinton/Gore Administration complied fully and completely with the terms of the law.

Second, the Attorney General's attempt to cite a previous administration's activity as precedent for theirs - even though factually wrong - ironically demonstrates another reason why we must be so vigilant about their brazen disregard for the law. If unchecked, their behavior would serve as a precedent to encourage future presidents to claim these same powers, which many legal experts in both parties believe are clearly illegal.

The issue, simply put, is that for more than four years, the executive branch has been wiretapping many thousands of American citizens without warrants in direct contradiction of American law. It is clearly wrong and disrespectful to the American people to allow a close political associate of the president to be in charge of reviewing serious charges against him.

The country needs a full and independent investigation into the facts and legality of the present Administration's program."
Of course, we should not expect the mainstream whore press or TV to cover any of this, certainly, the courtesy of letting him reply to his White House detractors won't be extended to him. So we on the web, as usual, will carry the burden.

Sometimes, when we make enough a fuss, they are dragooned into reporting what is going on. But only sometimes. Just like the dust-up with the Washington Post over articles about the evolving Abramoff scandals, what with the Post pretending repeatedly that it is a bipartisan scandal and not 100% dyed in the wool GOP trainwreck or how the various media pretended to be outsiders in the Valarie Plame affaire while in reality, in cahoots with the White House in that illegal smear job.

Unrepentant, they churn forwards, swivelling the hips and baring their bosoms to their bosom buddies, lap dancing lap dogs.
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