Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.
While President Bush doesn’t have a clue about the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden or Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, he’s an expert on weapons of mass distraction like same-sex marriage and flag-burning. These wedge issues are designed to “get the party faithful out to vote."
Bush and House Republicans’ disgraceful jihad against the New York Times turns constitutional liberties, as symbolized by the American flag, upside down. The Times was called “treasonous” for exercising its First Amendment right to inform the public about what the government is doing.
But as several folks at the technology, journalism and democracy conference noted, it’s all about protecting Republican incumbents rather than protecting the American people. After all, other MSM outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, published reports that the U.S. Treasury Department is monitoring international banking transactions.
So, consider the source. The feigned outrage is part of the GOP’s ongoing campaign to discredit the independent media (and here). Republicans have reached into their bag of tricks and pulled out the "liberal media" bogeyman in a desperate effort to cling to power in the face of widespread voter disapproval (and here).