Aug 12th, 2004, 09:44 AM
Exactly. The media have been 'crawling up their ass' to give the number of prisoners at Gitmo for more than two years, and the administration hasn't given that yet, let alone their names, ages, etc. If the media hadn't 'crawled up their ass' about kids under the age of fifteen being held their, they'd never had admitted that. The Supreme Court (you know, the ones who made W president?) are currently crawlking up their ass about their treatment of Gitmo prsioners, and even THAT isn't making them move muich faster. So don't for an instant believe the typical Bush fiction about the liberal press and his ass.
The so called liberal press gave the whole WMD case a free pass, up to and including the so called 'liberal' NY times, which devoted more thn three times the coverage to apologizing about Jason blair as they did to recanting printing WMD stories without any investigation at all.
As for the damned if you do damned if you don't, I can see how you see it that way but I think if you scratch the surface of that argument it's crap. Keeping the names of the energy task force secret? No damn reason at all. Keeping all information about all Gitmo 'detainees' secret? Maybe some arguable reasons, but since the Britts released the gitmo detainees we sent them in less than twenty four hours, I think it could be a case of overzealousness at best, cobvering up mistakes at worst. Like I said, arguable. Keeping Jose Padilla incimunicado for months? Arguable but pretty unconstitutional. Keeping the name of a suspect ACTIVELY YIELDING USUABLE INFORMATION TO OUR ALLIES, MAKING ACTUALL CAPTURE OF ACTUAL AL QUAEDA MEMBERS POSSIBLE? See, I think that one, you might keep under your hat and if the big bad media makes it tough on you, well, you're the COMMANDER IN FUCKING CHIEF and you suck it up, even if it costs you politically. And maybe, maybe if this dministration hadn't been so hyper secretive about every last detail of everything connected to anything ever, maybe the big bad villanous press wouldn't be so quick to accuse them of being full of shit.
And you know what? Damned if you do damned if you don't is a fairly good job description for Comander in Chief of the World's Last Superpower, and it's the job of a free press to make it hard on the President, a job they haven't done at all until very recently. A free press is supposed to keep the President as close to the straight and narrow as they can, not cheerlead for him.
They fucked up. They zigged when they should have zagged. They found it politically expedient to release a useful name, just the way they've found it politically expedient to keep secrets which are probably a lot less important to national security, like where Chenney goes Duck Hunting or Multiple Bypass Recieving when he's supposed to be working. If they get pummeled for it, that's what the press is SUPPOSED to do to the Boss when he fucks up. But I'm sure it wasn't his fault. It never is. I'm sure it was some unknown way down the line and it wasn't his supervisors fault, and no one in chrge of anyone could possibly be at fault.
Maybe Lyndy England did it.