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February 09, 2004

Wow, Bush didn't do so good on Meet the Press this morning. Reading the transcripts, it doesn't seem much worse than his usual blathering, dodging and bullshitting, but if you watched him on the TV, he looked bad. And that's coming from conservatives.

Read the transcripts around noon, and before I could type a word of my own, was notified that the lefty Center for American Progress had already posted a "claim vs. fact" point by point rebuttal of Bush's interview.

Tim Russert was a little tougher on Bush than I would have guessed, asking some fairly tough questions. But Russert then sometimes let Bush get away, and didn't push harder. But not a bad performance on Russert's part, I'd give him a C+.

There was a lot of repetition about Iraq and the war on terrorism. And Bush fell back onto his old line, Iraq was a threat, so we had to invade them. Doesn't matter what kind of threat, nuclear, chemical, big, small, terrorism, whatever. Just a threat. And frankly, I think Bush believes his own rhetoric here. He seems a simple-minded man who was told that if Iraq was left alone, that we could have a nuclear-powered 9/11 at any time, and that he couldn't let that happen. And when he was told that the way to take care of the situation was to invade Iraq, he agreed. And, apparently, stopped thinking any deeper about the matter.

Then Russert challenged Bush about the allegations that he was AWOL during part of his time in the National Guard back in the 1970s. Bush tried to brush it aside, but his explanation didn't plug all the holes. He mainly said "I was honorably discharged, so I must've fulfilled my service," which doesn't necessarily work. He also said the he "worked it out" with the military so that he could leave his service 8 months early to go to business school. Which is kind of the point. As the son of a rich politician, you can work out deals. If you're not, you can't. And then Bush tried (with little success) to pretend that his critics were not questioning his patriotism or service, but were insulting the National Guard itself. They're not, and it would take quite a bit of re-writing history to make it seem that they were. But the Bush administration is pretty good at that, so give it some time.

The Russert brought up the economy, which is a fucking mess. There's a pretty good chance that Bush's economic policies are going to bring about the downfall of this country. One of the heads of the Senate budgetary committee has been saying lately that Bush is the most fiscally irresponsible president in American history. To which Bush responded with lines like "there is good momentum when it comes to the creation of new jobs" and "I think this economy is coming around just right, frankly." Then he told a bald-faced lie about how he's run a tighter budget than Clinton.

Russert rounded out the interview with questions about Bush being a divider and not a uniter, and confronting him with the possibility of facing John Kerry in the 2004 election campaign.

When asked about the biggest issues in the 2004 race, Bush responded:

Who can properly use American power in a way to make the world a better place, and who understands that the true strength of this country is the hearts and souls of the American citizens, who understands times are changing and how best to have policy reflect those times.

Huh?

I would've gone with "jobs and health care," but yeah, I guess that other one is important too. Somehow.

I've got an idea. One night, when Bush isn't looking, let's all move to Australia.

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This has nothing to do with anything, but I live in Florida and Jeb Bush is coming to my school in a couple hours.

Plus, I have to cater to the bastard because I'm in the culinary arts program.

This sucks.

Posted by: Zach E. Fresh at February 9, 2004 05:41 AM

Then your mission is clear, man.

Hey, it's not every upstanding young man who can say to his kids when he gets older, "I spit in the president's meatloaf."

Posted by: michele at February 9, 2004 01:32 PM

I assumed the presidency would be passed along to George's children and not to his brother, Michele. But maybe you are right. The twins may be barred from serving by the 'Defence of Gender Act' of 2005.

Posted by: at February 9, 2004 01:49 PM


Huh? Color me slow on getting this one...

Posted by: michele at February 9, 2004 09:46 PM

I was in a toasty hot tub of schaudenfreuden until I realized he's my president. (Does anyone else wonder how the South Park creators's That's My Bush could have done so much better if they had just hung on for a couple more months?)

Posted by: Andy at February 10, 2004 03:36 AM

Australia? You know Canada is nice place too.

Posted by: Qikdraw at February 14, 2004 12:45 AM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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