Not news, more of a confession. Republican blogs are just reprinters of the daily fax from the right-wing noise machine, Dan Bartlett, Counselor to the President
Dan Bartlett serves President George W. Bush as Counselor to the President. In this capacity, Bartlett is responsible for all aspects of President Bush’s strategic communications planning and the formulation of policy and implementation of the President’s agenda. He also oversees the White House Press Office and the Offices of Communications, Media Affairs, and Speechwriting.
Dan tells Texas Monthly,
That’s what I mean by influential. I mean, talk about a direct IV into the vein of your support. It’s a very efficient way to communicate. They regurgitate exactly and put up on their blogs what you said to them. It is something that we’ve cultivated and have really tried to put quite a bit of focus on.
Dan also straightens out the Right on the constant pissing and moaning about the so called liberal press,
Do you think the press corps is responsible for putting that word out—that the president was lying?
I don’t think they’re purposely doing it. Look, I get asked the question all the time: How do you deal with them when they’re all liberal? I’ve found that most of them are not ideologically driven. Do I think that a lot of them don’t agree with the president? No doubt about it. But impact, above all else, is what matters. All they’re worried about is, can I have the front-page byline? Can I lead the evening newscast? And unfortunately, that requires them to not do in-depth studies about President Bush’s health care plan or No Child Left Behind. It’s who’s up, who’s down: Cheney hates Condi, Condi hates Cheney.
A rare moment of something from a Bushite that consists of more truthiness then we’re accustomed to. Dan is right about the press if he means that in general, though not in all cases, are stenographers who have for the most part reported the Bushies doggerel without much questioning or fact checking.
There’s a reason the Whitehouse has shifted its emphasis from Iran as nuclear threat, to Iran as supposed disestablishing influence in Iraq. It’s called grasp at whatever fruit is hanging the lowest,
In our last key judgment on Iran, we noted that the main driver of possible military action has switched from Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program to Iranian activities in Iraq. This conclusion is hardening. Intelligence Community (IC) sources tell us that a new National Intelligence Estimate about Iran is near completion. This concludes that Iran remains many years – as much as 10 – away from a weapon. Thus, the WMD argument will not gain traction from the IC. Iraq, however, is a different story. Pentagon officials have told us that the stress on the Iranian threat to Iraqi stability in the Petraeus and Crocker testimony is entirely deliberate. These officials say that the Sunni elements with whom the US military has been cutting deals in Anbar province are violently “anti-Persian” and have convinced US commanders to see Iranian meddling as the source of destabilization.
Every time the Whitehouse says Iran is a growing threat remember that Iraq’s government is supported by your tax dollars and is dominated by Shia with close ties to Tehran.
Serial liar and Senator John Kerry stalker John O’Neill has written the forward to a new book that basically rehashes the same old lies about the Senator and Silver Star. It’s called To Set The Record Straight, How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry, by Scott Swett and Tim Ziegler. Only modern day Konservatives would act without a shred of honor and then congratulate themselves on their treachery. The lies of John O’Neill: An MMFA analysis; Swift Boat Vets’ founder has told repeated untruths about himself, Swift Boat Vets, Unfit for Command
O’Neill lied about being a “Republican from Texas”
During an August 12 appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, O’Neill claimed, “I’m not a Republican from Texas. That’s just not true.”
O’Neill is, in fact, from Texas. And he has given more than $14,000 in federal contributions to Republican candidates and causes since 1990, including $1,000 to George H. W. Bush in 1992. And he hasn’t made any federal contributions to Democratic candidates or causes during that time. And he voted in the 1998 Republican state primary.
O’Neill lied about his political involvement
On the August 12 edition of CNN’s Crossfire, O’Neill claimed he has had “no serious involvement in politics of any kind in over 32 years.”
In fact, O’Neill has made more than $14,000 in federal contributions to Republican candidates and causes since 1990; most people would consider giving $14,000 a “serious” involvement.
O’Neill has been a hitman for the Right since Richard Nixon and always will be. I can’t imagine what it is like or why a man would choose to live his life without character, but O’Neill and crew have chosen to do so. Republican-funded Group Attacks Kerry’s War Record
Ad features vets who claim Kerry “lied” to get Vietnam medals. But other witnesses disagree — and so do Navy records.