Sunday, August 1, 2010

How Is It Possible to Forget the Foul Odor of George W. Bush's Presidency?

Unless you're a member of the mainstream media? From William Rivers Pitt:

The media has completely redacted the impact of the Bush era from their coverage of the Obama administration, a continuing act of deception that I believe is completely deliberate. The entire Bush administration is a lesson in media cowardice and complicity; they rolled over for him for virtually every one of those 3,000 days, and would now like to have us all forget it happened. If as Bush falls in the forest and the media doesn't cover it, did it happen? Certainly, but when the daily grind of the 24-hour news cycle omits the idiot elephant that remains in the room, the narrative of the present becomes skewed and distorted.

There are a dozen examples of this available, but the two best also happen to be the two heaviest millstones currently hanging around Obama's neck: the war in Afghanistan, and the BP oil disaster still unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico.

The recent Wikileaks document dump may not have been a blockbuster on the order of the Pentagon Papers, but it served to underscore how much of a mess the war in Afghanistan is. Pundits on the left and right have taken to call Afghanistan "Obama's war" - RNC chairman Michael Steele went so far as to claim that Obama was the one who got us into it - even though the war had been going on for almost a decade when he took office. Granted, he's been commander-in-chief for a year and a half, and his decision to send more troops puts the outcome in Afghanistan right in his hip pocket. This cannot be disputed, but the media coverage of the Wikileaks documents utterly failed to note a fact of singular importance: the discussion of the war described in those documents is focused on George W. Bush's failed handling of that war. Except in the independent media, the narrative has been "Oooh, these documents show a war going badly, this must be Obama's fault." No mention of Bush, the big missing piece in everything we're dealing with, again.

As for the Gulf, well, you must have heard by now that it is "Obama's Katrina." Beyond the reference to one of the signal debacles of the Bush era, George's name has hardly come up in the coverage of the BP catastrophe...except it was the Bush administration who fully and completely enabled the elements that led to the disaster in the first place, thanks to their cozy relationship with the oil industry and their passion for deregulating everything that moved. The government agency in charge of keeping an eye on offshore drilling operations spent the Bush administration having coke-and-hooker parties on the taxpayer's dime, and why not? They must have been bored out of their minds. After all, how should a regulator spend his time in an administration that had no interest in enforcing any form of regulation at all? Once again, Mr. Bush and his 3,000 days are the missing piece in the narrative...

All I'll say here is, if the Republicans reclaim House majority status in November, then I fully concede to the notion that one cannot underestimate the stupidity of the American public. And if the Republicans somehow do the same in the Senate as well?

We'll cross that bridge if we come to it...


1 comment:

  1. Even if the Rethugs don't get a majority in either house, the fact that it is even remotely possible is a testament to the stupidity of the American people. Even more so given that today's Rethugs make Ronald Reagan look almost like some kind of moderate.


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