Monday, February 28, 2005

Defying Laws of Physics, Dowd Sinks Lower Than the Bottom

I can't believe my own eyes. Maureen Dowd, by far the least talented hack employed by a major news organization, has released a new column that is so stunningly awful that I am left speechless, and can only quote it, in part:

It was remarkable to see President Bush lecture Vladimir Putin on the importance of checks and balances in a democratic society.

Remarkably brazen, given that the only checks Mr. Bush seems to believe in are those written to the "journalists" Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher and Karen Ryan, the fake TV anchor, to help promote his policies. The administration has given a whole new meaning to checkbook journalism, paying a stupendous $97 million to an outside P.R. firm to buy columnists and produce propaganda, including faux video news releases.

The only balance W. likes is the slavering, Pravda-like "Fair and Balanced" coverage Fox News provides. Mr. Bush pledges to spread democracy while his officials strive to create a Potemkin press village at home. This White House seems to prefer softball questions from a self-advertised male escort with a fake name to hardball questions from journalists with real names; it prefers tossing journalists who protect their sources into the gulag to giving up the officials who broke the law by leaking the name of their own C.I.A. agent.

Please, Ms. Dowd - what garbage. 'Tossing journalists who protect their sources into the gulag' - pure, unadulterated crap. For an expose of the castle made of sand upon which the entire woeful premise fabricated by Dowd rests, I refer you to this excellent post. Funny, isn't it, how the left decries the stridency of Ann Coulter, while her Democratic counterpart is given two columns a week in the 'Paper of Record'. And I just ate lunch, too...

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