The American Media Has Failed Again
by : Dave Lindorff
Thursday October 21, 2004 - 07:43
The Media is Failing to Ask Bush an Important Question
Something is rotten in the American media.
We have read the apologies and the mea culpae of major news organizations about how they had been too credulous and insufficiently curious and aggressive in reporting on the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and on the initial phases of the war once it began.
Yet here they are doing it again in the case of the mysterious object that President Bush has been wearing on his back, not just during his three recent debates with Sen. John Kerry, but on other occasions as well.
` As a reporter for the respected and well-researched on-line magazine Salon.com, I broke this story following the first debate, and followed up with several pieces that pointed to the likelihood that the president was wearing a radio-linked earpiece during all three debates, quite possibly in order to cheat and receive hints or help with his answers. There has also been subsequent speculation, including from physicians, that the object on the president’s back could be a medical device—perhaps an atrial defibrillator to correct arrhythmia.
The initial story in Salon, which ran with a dramatic and hard-to-deny photograph taken directly from the digital version of the debate available on C-Span’s website, was picked up by the New York Times and the Washington Post, both of which pursued the matter briefly with the White House and the Bush campaign, and ran stories the following day.
Other than that, however, the story was treated basically as a humorous aside by most of the media (it was on Letterman, Leno and the Daily Show), and even the Times and Post quickly lost interest after running into a Bush stonewall.
The White House and Bush campaign brushed off inquiries, including mine, by attributing the story to "The Internet," by raising the canard of "the grassy knoll" and "conspiracy theorists," and by making the ridiculous claim that the bulge, clearly visible in all three debates as an object with a distinctly rectangular and sharp-edged profile, was a "pucker" or a "wrinkle" in a "badly tailored" suit (as if any president, and especially this one, would have a badly tailored suit!).
Now anyone who takes a look at the pictures which I have run with my stories, which include direct downloads from network feeds of the debate and a photo of Bush on his ranch taken from the White House official website, can tell in an instant that this is no "pucker."
So where’s the mainstream media on this?
Clearly, whatever it is on the president’s back under his jacket (or in the case of the ranch photo, his T-shirt), it is of such crucial importance to the president that he wore it for all three debates despite the controversy that its presence caused after debate number one.
Don’t the American people have a right to know what kind of device could be of such vital importance to the leader of the country? If he was cheating at the debates, this would be a matter of great concern to the voters, who thought they were getting to see the two main presidential candidates going toe-to-toe, not toe-to-toes.
If it’s a medical device, voters have a right to know just what the health condition is of the man they are considering for the next four years of the presidency (this is particularly true given that Bush’s vice president, Dick Cheney, is far less popular than the man at the head of the ticket, and moreover, is someone who himself has suffered multiple heart attacks already, making him a less than ideal back-up). Significantly, President Bush has not released his medical records, and reportedly skipped his last annual physical.
My beef is that the press, which drags around behind the candidates during this campaign dutifully recording the carefully scripted utterances of both Bush and Kerry, should be hammering the president about this mystery until he finally gives an honest accounting of just what it is he’s been wearing.
It is an insult to the public that he and his handlers have been ducking this issue and trying to brush it off as an urban legend. But it is a scandal that the major media have allowed him to get away with doing this. http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/
THE UNFORGIVABLE EVIL
Saturday 25 - 01:55by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Trump repeal of the Affordable Care Act will kill 43,000 Americans over 8 years
Saturday 18 - 00:32by Dr Gideon Polya
Free university education - tertiary education can and should be free for all
Thursday 9 - 06:29by Dr Gideon Polya
QUOTING AMERICA’S FOUNDING FATHERS ON IMMIGRATION OR ANYTHING
Tuesday 7 - 18:51by JOHN CHUCKMAN
THE POINTLESS ARGUMENT OVER WHO WAS FIRST IN THE HOLY LAND
Tuesday 7 - 18:49by JOHN CHUCKMAN
YES OBAMA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CRIMEA AND THE MESS IN UKRAINE
Tuesday 7 - 18:48by JOHN CHUCKMAN
8th. March -----The Modi-fied International Women’s Day In Gujarat
Tuesday 7 - 15:20by Dwarika Nath Rath
ON THE GREAT MYSTERY OF INTENSE HOSTILITY TOWARDS LIBERALS IN AMERICA - OBAMA
Monday 6 - 19:30by JOHN CHUCKMAN
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRESS BIAS, FAKE NEWS, DISHONEST JOURNALISM
Sunday 26 - 17:52by JOHN CHUCKMAN
TWO STATES OR ONE STATE? THE STARK REALITY IS THAT BOTH SOLUTIONS ARE IMPOSSIBL
Wednesday 22 - 18:16by JOHN CHUCKMAN
Open Letter to Australian MPs re Apartheid Israel PM Netanyahu’s Australia visit
Tuesday 21 - 00:18by Dr Gideon Polya
How Eric Arnoux and Fabrice Molinaro target the First Ammendment
Thursday 9 - 18:40by Billy1975
THE CHANCE FOR GREATNESS, BUT IT IS SO EASILY LOST
Saturday 28 - 20:19by JOHN CHUCKMAN
TRUMP: AMERICA’S HITLER
Saturday 28 - 04:07by David R. Hoffman
LUNATIC EXCESSES IN THE WASHINGTON MARCH - WHILE IGNORING MASS MURDER
Monday 23 - 19:19by JOHN CHUCKMAN
JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SO-CALLED DOSSIER
Monday 16 - 15:08by JOHN CHUCKMAN
The Rotten Apple in The Prince’s Crown
Friday 13 - 18:44by RegisFranck
Christophe Mazurier takes part in the Hero World Challenge
Friday 13 - 11:43
OF WIZARDS AND WASHINGTON AND THE DREARY, UNRELENTING REALITY OF AMERICAN POLITI
Thursday 12 - 15:01by JOHN CHUCKMAN
A DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY
Monday 9 - 06:23by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
Judah Ben Hur, Amb. Republican Candidate for President 2020
Sunday 8 - 15:00by Judah Ben Hur, Amb. Republican Candidate for President 2020
DARK DAY DEMOCRACY: THE ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT
Saturday 7 - 21:41by JACK RANDOM
President Donald Trump and Ambassador Judah Ben Hur
Saturday 7 - 15:04by President Donald Trump and Ambassador Judah Ben Hur
THE INSANE CIRCUS NOW GOING ON IN WASHINGTON – A SAD PARODY OF JOSEPH MCCARTHY
Friday 6 - 17:15by JOHN CHUCKMAN
The New Cultural Frontier as shown by Christophe Mazurier
Tuesday 27 - 14:29
UN Security Council Resolution 2334 – Beginning Of The End For Apartheid Israel?
Monday 26 - 23:37by Dr Gideon Polya
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT...A CONTEMPORARY CHRISTMAS TALE
Saturday 24 - 18:00by JOHN CHUCKMAN
Judicially arraign, try and punish climate criminals for 10 million deaths pa
Thursday 22 - 20:02by Dr Gideon Polya
Australia: the social cost of a cashless economy
Thursday 8 - 18:25by Sarah Jenkins
THE PROFOUND DISAPPOINTMENT OF ANGELA MERKEL
Monday 5 - 17:24by JOHN CHUCKMAN
Modern slaves rebel in rural South Africa and win!
Sunday 27 - 19:18by md
Arrivederci Fidel !!! Hasta la victoria siempre companero !!! (video)
Saturday 26 - 10:48by Roberto Ferrario
INDIANA: STATE OF SADISTIC COWARDICE
Tuesday 22 - 21:26by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
Pro-Zionist Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) & Apartheid Israel’s Palestinian Genocide
Thursday 17 - 00:28by Dr Gideon Polya
Now We Can Finally Get to Work
Sunday 13 - 21:09by David Swanson
AMERICA’S DESCENT INTO FASCISM
Thursday 10 - 23:40by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS ELECTION?
Thursday 10 - 21:28by JOHN CHUCKMAN
Yves Bouvier case shows risks of media abuse
Sunday 6 - 19:56by Bob Boulder
Humane Green Party Dr Jill Stein versus serial war criminal Hillary Clinton
Friday 4 - 21:00by Gideon Polya
Public Apology to Women of the World from The American Republic (Hypatia of Alex
Monday 31 - 15:21by Willam Morgan