Another bait and switch by the Bush spinmeisters — and the punditry falls for it

Dana Milbank explains just how Bush got the MoveOn question yesterday. Surprise!!! It came from the religious-right-owned Washington Examiner’s reporter (who used to work for the Washington Times and is a frequent guest on Fox News — it’s all in the family):

In need of a pick-me-up, Bush looked toward the back of the room and found “Big Stretch,” the conservative journalist Bill Sammon of the Washington Examiner. Sammon obliged, asking whether Bush thinks Democrats should repudiate’s ad attacking Gen. David Petraeus.

Bingo — another chance to criticize Democrats in Congress.

Bingo. The right wing spin machine in action.

So, the Today Show led with a discussion about the MoveOn ad, not the real, endless war. Eli Pariser from MoveOn looked even more sane and rational when pitted against Laura Ingraham. And, Tim Russert breathlessly contemplated the political implications. Russert and the crew fall for the right wing bait and switch — again. The MoveOn bashing is clearly being led by the Bush spin team. They’d rather talk about anything than the real war. They must just sit back and laugh at how easy it is to manipulate the media after all these years.

I won’t even get into the pathetic display in the Senate yesterday. But if South Park created a stereotypical Senate buffoon, John Cornyn from Texas would be a great model.

Our friends at
again document how Fox carries the water:

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