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President Bush, Lover of Dissent?

In Bush/Cheney Administration, media, politics on March 14, 2008 by Editor Z

President George W Bush gave a speech to the National Religious Broadcasters Convention earlier this week. After drumming up the crowd with the Spiro Agnew Conservative tactic of repeating the cliche that ‘ the media is out to get you’, Bush reiterated his opposition to a resurection of the ‘fairness doctrine’. Here is what he said:

“We know who these advocates of so-called balance really have in their sights: shows hosted by people like Rush Limbaugh or James Dobson, or many of you who are here today. By insisting on so-called balance, they want to silence those they don’t agree with. The truth of the matter is, they know they can’t prevail in the public debate of ideas. They don’t acknowledge that you are the balance; that you give voice (applause.)The country should not be afraid of the diversity of opinions. After all, we are strengthened by diversity of opinions.”

MY TAKE: Evidently there are two George W Bush’s. The arrogant, self righteous narsisist who believes the world revolves around him and that believes he is exempt from both logic and responsibility. Who intimidates, maligns, and squelches those who disagree with him. Who restricts the output of information that the public has a right to see. The one who forces out those such as General Eric Shinseki and more recently Admiral William Fallon, who bring up valid points that don’t reinforce his twisted ‘Alice in Wonderland’ vision of the world.

And then there is the second one who until now has alluded us. The George W Bush who is a proponent of dissent. So I guess the ‘country shouldn’t be afraid of a diversity of ideas’,just his inept administration should be afraid of a diversity of ideas.

On a different note the whole ‘the entire media is against us and America’ thing is really getting old. You really need to get some new material.


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