Carol Platt Liebau: Reading the Tea Leaves

Friday, September 29, 2006

Reading the Tea Leaves

Well, here's yet another "October surprise." Bob Woodward is obviously a good reporter, but he's also very good at reading the zeitgeist and figuring out what type of informaiton and inside gossip will result in maximum book sales.

His last book -- back when the war was still a "cause celebre" -- portrayed the Bush White House as "surprisingly" engaged on foreign policy. Now that the left is at unprecedented levels of rabidity and the war has lost popularity, Woodward's emphasis has shifted, and he's reporting (surprise!) that there were disputes and hostilities in Bush's inner circle, and that mistakes have been made in the aftermath of the Iraq war.

Well, that's a news flash, isn't it? And so different from other wars, where no mistakes have ever, ever been made. Right. Note also that, as always, Colin Powell comes off smelling like a rose (as George Tenet does, as well). It's always easy to figure out who the leakers are. The people who talk to Bob Woodward (like Powell) are uniformly portrayed as the omniscient, the caring and the foresighted. Those who don't (like Rumsfeld) pay the price.

Ultimately, the question for the upcoming elections isn't whether the Bush team is perfect, but whether the Democrats would be better. And I think more Americans than the media realizes know the answer to that.

3 Comments:

Blogger dodger said...

Its called cognitive dissonance, slow to set in but always there until finally you yell out, bingo! Its a war. What happens during a war? Mistakes? Ah, but if I were running things there would be no mistakes. What would I have done different? Well, I would have been smarter. There ya go. Brilliant

8:52 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

I heard a couple of excerpts as they related to Slamdunk Tenant. Sounds like he was in major CYA mode.

I would be very surprised if Rumsfeld actually talked to Woodward, given the general 'Get Rummy' tone of the excerpts I heard.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Larson, you mean George here's-your-Medal-of-Freedom-now-please-don't-expose-me-for-my-incomptence Tenant.

1:17 PM  

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