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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Fool me once, shame on you

George Bush is now on the case, promising an investigation into the administration's response to Katrina. Hey, all you need is a mirror.

Multiple photo-op trips to Louisiana should not be enough to shift the focus, unless the media opts to revert to its sad old ways of accepting everything coming out of Washington at face value. The Washington Post truly embarrassed itself by accepting administration spin that the Blanco administration failed to declare a state of emergency that would have cleared the way for federal aid. Apparently they forgot the first rule of journalism: if your mother says she loves you, check it out.

The Post' Howie Kurtz did have a good look at the newly invigorated media's quest for the truth but you always need to worry about photo-op induced backsliding in the face of fear of not being "fair and balanced." Simple rule: if Tom DeLay says something, I don't believe it.

And farewell Maynard G. Krebs.


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