DATE: 2/28/2005 09:06:00 AM
Jordan Meme Watch - The newest journalist to use the 'reporters as victims' is the tiresome Maureen Dowd from the New York Times. According to a post in The Corner by Jonah Goldberg, Dowd had the following to say on 'Meet the Press:'
And look at us, and we're torturing people and we're outsourcing torture. The administration is trying to throw journalists in jail and basically trying to replace the whole press crew with ringers, including male escorts. I mean, even Nixon hated the press, but he never tried to actually do an "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" thing with them. So as Tom has pointed out, it's a Pandora's box. There are good spirits and evil spirits that we've unleashed.Yes, Pandora's Box has been opened, but it wasn't the Bush administration who opened it. The imminent jailing of reporters is a direct result of the press' uncritical acceptance of the stories told by Joseph Wilson. The MSM ran with this story before all the facts were known, and called for an independent counsel. One was appointed, and has demanded these reporters give up their sources. The reporters have refused, obstructing the investigation.
As is her practice, Dowd is trying to stuff facts into the narrow confines of her biases and using outdated comparisons to make her point. It's hard to know which is worse - the shrillness of her rhetoric, or the disingenuousness.